Marriage in New York State subjects the parties to a set of financial rules and realities.  Real estate, business interests, pensions and other assets become part of the economic partnership called marriage.  Many people planning a marriage wish to place certain assets outside the designation of “joint assets.”  This can be done in a pre-nup by defining and excluding certain items from the joint asset mix.  Pensions and business interests are two such assets.

In the course of a custody proceeding, many issues may be brought to the table.  It is not uncommon for one spouse to make accusations of drug and alcohol use of the other spouse, regardless of the extent of the use.  Whether you are bringing the use to the attention of the judge, or you are facing accusations, it is important to understand how this may affect the proceedings.