Divorce Trends and Predictions

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Jacqueline NewmanI would not be surprised to see more people getting divorced in 2015.  Now that same sex marriages have had some time to settle in, the odds of divorces now rise.

Less / No Alimony Awarded

  • You also have more women in the marketplace, not to mention women in powerful positions in the workforce. More women than ever before are out earning their husbands and, that can disrupt the balance of a marriage if it is not what both parties signed up for.
  • This realization of both partners being breadwinners is reflected in many states beginning to limit the amount of spousal support that one spouse will pay to the other for his or support.  The reformation of the alimony laws in New Jersey and Massachusetts are great examples of the states recognizing the need for change.  It seems there is talk of numerous other states (including New York) putting into effect a formula for  post-divorce maintenance which would also limit the years a spouse is to receive maintenance.
  • Should the trend continue to diminish maintenance awards, it will have a serious impact on the way that matrimonial practitioners structure their cases.   It may also have some a trickle effect on other aspects of the workforce.  Many people will be more nervous to depend on his or her spouse for financial support during a marriage.

Increased Demand For Childcare Industry

  • It could also have effects on the childcare industry as more and more people will opt to have their children in daycare rather than stay home so as to maintain a presence in the workforce and preserve their earning ability.   On the other hand, with technology as advanced as it is, maybe businesses will be more and more open to flexible hours and working from home to facilitate the balance for working parents.   Only time will tell….

Technology Making Cheating Easier

  • I also believe that with more and more cheating apps hitting the market, it makes it easier and easier to have an affair.
  • All of these elements combined leads me to believe that divorce will be on the rise in 2015.

Jacqueline Newman is a Family Law Attorney & Managing Partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd in NYC. Ms. Newman’s practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. Jacqueline specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and negotiating prenuptial agreements. She has appeared as a commentator on various television shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Glamour Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Woman’s Day and The Huffington Post.

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Jacqueline Newman joined Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP in 1998 and is now the managing partner of the firm. Ms. Newman’s practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. She specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and negotiating prenuptial agreements. Ms. Newman has taught the Collaborative Family Law class for The NY Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as the Introduction of Matrimonial Law for Collaborative Divorce Professionals for the New York State Unified Court System. At Fordham University School of Law, she taught Family Law Practice with Barry Berkman. Ms. Newman has appeared as a commentator on various television shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Glamour Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Woman’s Day and The Huffington Post.

Ms. Newman has been included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers Edition 2012 through 2014 and was honored with a listing in The Ten Leaders of Matrimonial & Divorce Law in New York City, Age 45 and Under. She has recently been honored to be selected as the New York Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements attorney for the exclusive Haute Lawyers network. These activities and her reputation for ethical standards and professional ability among her fellow lawyers have earned her the highest rating, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Newman is also the youngest attorney to be selected for inclusion in Thompson Reuters New York-Metro Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Attorneys for 2013 and 2014.

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