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How can I find out what I am entitled to in a divorce? We

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How can I find out what I am entitled to in a divorce? We have been married 18 years, I am a permanent resident not yet a citizen and apart from a timeshare and a small IRA nothing else is in my name. My husband owned the house before I moved here however we have made extensive renovations over the past few years that I contributed to. I work in his business full time for the past 16 years and added value to it. The car he bought me is in the business name also.
JA: What state is this in? And how old is the car?
Customer: NY the car is 2012
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: no, not at this point
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: The reason for divorce would be multiple infidelities on his part ok thank you
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 2 months ago.

New York is not a community property state, but they do have protections for spouses. In New York, property is divided equitably when a couple divorces. This can result in an equal property division, but it doesn't always. An equitable property division is one that is fair, considering what each spouse had before the marriage, contributed to the marriage, and what each spouse will need to move forward.

Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Matthew Breecher replied 2 months ago.

Thus, an argument could be made that the increase in the value of the home since you were married is a joint asset subject to division. But, since you cannot divide a house, he would pay you your share with other assets. Also, if he has a retirement account you could be entitled to the increase in its value since your marriage.

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