On August 3rd, Sherry A. Bishko, Esq. attended the Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s annual summer networking gathering held at the rooftop of the Red Hat Restaurant in Irvington, NY. The event was a huge success and attended by over 60 WWBA members and supporters. Sherry is currently serving as President-Elect of the WWBA. She is pictured with Magistrate Judge Kim Berg and retired Dutchess County Supreme Court Judge Christine Sproat.
Sherry A. Bishko, Esq. served and presented on a fabulous panel of experts on February 16, 2023 at Pace University School of Law entitled, Family/Matrimonial Law Overview: Diverse Perspectives From Current Practitioners with nearly 100 audience members. The program was hosted by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and Pace University School of Law and was very well received!
Linda Markowitz and Kathy Rosenthal hosted the past presidents committee of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association on August 10, 2022. A good time was had by all.
Sherry Bishko and Linda Markowitz attended the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association Conference in Newport, Rhode Island from July 7th to July 10th! The Conference was fabulous and brought together matrimonial and family law practitioners from all over the state. It was wonderful to be in-person and see colleagues and gain valuable information from top-notch presenters.
On June 8, 2022, Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP’s very own Sherry A. Bishko, Esq. was sworn in as Vice President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (WWBA) at the WWBA’s annual dinner and installation of officers at the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club in Mamaroneck, New York! Sherry is also co-chair of the WWBA Mentorship Committee which pairs law school students and new lawyers with mentors in the Westchester County legal community. Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP is a long-time supporter of the WWBA and remains committed to further the mission of WWBA which is promoting justice for all, regardless of sex; to advance the social, economic and legal status of women through the law.
“Sherry A. Bishko, Esq. Co-Chair of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association’s (WWBA) Mentorship Program co-developed and attended a Public Sector Employment Night at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University on Thursday evening, April 7, 2022. The panel discussed public sector employment opportunities for the law students and was a rousing success!”
Telling your spouse you want a divorce is only the beginning. The next steps will depend on the reaction you get. Do the two of you want to settle things amicably? Aside from not wanting to be married anymore, are you able to work together in the best interests of your children?
If there are any domestic abuse issues, or you expect the process to be contentious, you will likely need to pursue traditional litigation. In other cases, Mediation or the Collaborative Divorce process may be the best approach.
Maintain Financial Status Quo and Gather Documents
You should both try to keep as calm and civil as possible. Try not to fight. Do not close or deplete any joint bank accounts. Instead, begin gathering all the information you can. You will need:
- Documents of all bank accounts and credit cards. Your goal is to obtain statements from the last five years.
- Tax returns.
- Real estate deeds. How property is titled is relevant to property division.
- List of property you believe is your own separate property.
- List of all the personal property and real estate you accumulated together during your marriage.
There are situations where one party has access only to a savings account. You might not have a checking account or credit card. You may not have access to any funds and worry how you will survive. Even then, before you access your one source of available funds, you need to consult with your attorney for advice on what to do next.
How to Tell the Children You are Getting a Divorce
If possible, as parents you should be together when you tell the children about the divorce. You need to reassure the children that they did nothing to cause the divorce. The divorce is strictly between their parents and that you will both still love them and take care of them.
This is a good time to consult with a family therapist to help the children through the process and help you know how to proceed with the divorce in ways that are in the best interests of the children.
Contact Family Law Attorneys at Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP
For answers to your questions about the divorce process, whether through traditional litigation, mediation, or collaboration, contact our family law attorneys at Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP. You can reach us online or by calling 914.347.1292.
Choosing a divorce attorney is almost like entering a long-term relationship. You need someone who is qualified and with whom you are also compatible. There are some questions to ask and ways to evaluate whether an attorney is the right divorce attorney for you.
How to Hire Your Divorce Attorney
Friends or relatives are often eager to recommend attorneys to you. This is helpful, but you want to be sure that the attorney is knowledgeable and experienced in family law issues. An attorney who obtained a great personal injury settlement for your brother’s neighbor’s uncle’s nephew may not be the right one to pursue your divorce.
It is a good idea to narrow down your search to about three attorneys. You will want to interview them all. You will be looking for someone:
- Whose primary practice area is family law.
- Who is trained in Mediation and/or the Collaborative Divorce process?
- Find out if the attorney has taken the requisite courses and has the requisite credentials.
- Someone who shares your philosophy. If you want to have a “nuclear war” and “win” at all costs, you will choose a different attorney than one who focuses on amicable settlements.
- Ask what will happen if your case is not right for Mediation or Collaboration. Will the attorney pursue traditional litigation?
- Determine the best way to communicate with the attorney. Phone calls? Email? Text messages?
Look at the attorney’s website. That will generally tell you the attorney’s practice areas and whether they are passionate about Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
You will have a working relationship with this attorney, possibly for a long time. Although it is a professional relationship, at times it will feel personal. You want to feel a rapport. You need to feel comfortable with the difficult but necessary conversations you need to have about your family.
Contact Family Law Attorneys at Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP
For answers to your questions about the divorce process, whether through Litigation, Mediation, or Collaboration, contact our family law attorneys at Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP. We want to be sure you are comfortable with how we approach your divorce. You can reach us online or by calling 914.347.1292 to schedule a consultation.