Duress During Divorce Settlements

Actor Terrence Howard’s
divorce made headlines not only for his celebrity, but for the contentious and
scandalous details of his divorce agreement. Claiming he was coerced into
signing an agreement that promised his ex-wife an exorbitant amount of
money to be paid in spousal support, Howard claimed to be under duress
when he agree to pay such a generous amount for spousal support. His lawyer
asserted that he feared she would leak embarrassing information about
him if he refused to pay what she requested, which is why he so readily
agreed to share his lucrative earnings post-divorce.

Situations like this are all too common. While most people aren’t
requesting $5,800 a month like Howard’s ex-wife, there are certainly
many situations in which people are being blatantly manipulated, threatened,
or coerced into agreeing to a divorce agreement that they otherwise would
not have. This is known as duress during divorce, and if the court finds
it to be true, the divorce agreement in question could be rendered invalid.
If agreements are made under the threat of financial, physical, or personal
harm, they are not necessarily binding in a court of law and can be reopened
and renegotiated.

Contact Our New York Divorce Lawyers Today

Divorces are contentious in nature, but they shouldn’t be deliberately unfair.
If you feel you are being forced into a divorce agreement that is blatantly
one-sided and unfair to you, our New York lawyers refuse to allow that
to happen. At
Eiges & Orgel, PLLC, we are committed to advocating for those who feel they have no voice
in their impending divorce. If you believe you entered a divorce agreement
under duress, we want to help. Our legal team is dedicated to pursuing
justice because we feel no one should have to subscribe to a way of life
when they don’t want to.

Contact us today by calling (347) 848-1850.

Stafford and Heafner Law Firm