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Morghan Leia Richardson
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Morghan Leia Richardson is a divorce attorney and mediator in New York City. She focuses on divorce and family law issues, such as Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights and Marital Property issues, including complex asset discovery and protection. Morghan received her law degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and worked as an extern for Federal Magistrate Judge Louis Moore in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She was also a Managing Editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. She is licensed in Maryland, D.C. and New York. Morghan worked for national litigation firms before starting her Queens-based law practice. She juggles her job as an attorney with her other job as divorced mom of two preschool-aged boys. Her firm is Richardson Legal PLLC and she blogs at The Divorce Artist (

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The #1 Secret Weapon and Surprising Best Friend In Your Divorce

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Mark was confused: his wife was demanding their co-op apartment in the divorce, and he felt -- deep in his heart -- that she should have it. His friends and coworkers were telling him it was a bad deal to trade-off paying her "alimony" and give her the apartment. And...

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He Said, She Said: Should We See a Marriage Counselor or Divorce Lawyer?

(12) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:43 PM

A divorce lawyer and a marriage counselor walk into a bar... Sounds like the beginning of a joke. But your relationship problems are no laughing matter. You need information and perspective.

When faced with questions about whether to divorce or reconcile, where do you go for advice: a marriage...

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Avoid These Four Relationship Pitfalls and Save Your Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 6:11 PM

What does a divorce lawyer know about saving marriages? You might be surprised. After so many clients, I've pin-pointed four relationship pitfalls that couples need to address if they want to avoid a seat at my desk:

1. The Sex Cycle:

"Luke and Meg" sat across from one another in...

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5 Ways That Divorce Mediation Can Help Resolve the 'Get' Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Leah was still chained to her ex-husband: two years after the civil court granted her a divorce. Her ex-husband Dovid, a devote orthodox Jew, still refused to give her a religious divorce called a "get." Without the religious divorce, Leah would not be able to remarry -- or even date...

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That Special Time of Year: Holidays Mean Waiting to Divorce

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:51 PM

This holiday season, you are thinking: "Just one more time." One more time around your mother-in-law's nasty snide comments; one more draining day of yule-tide "merriment"; and one last New Year's hurrah. After the confetti settles, the weight of the relationship will be too much. In fact, the stress could...

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Top 3 Tips To Avoid a 'Mean Girl' Style Divorce

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 2:27 PM

Good listening skills aren't just important to relationships. They can also keep you out of jail.

A client, I'll call him "Ted," swore to me that "everything was fine" but then his wife slapped him with a restraining order. When he called to talk to her about it, Ted (unwittingly)...

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Gentlemen: It Is 'Cheaper To Keep Her'

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Gentlemen, let me confirm what you have long suspected: if you are the primary income earner in your family, particularly where your wife has stayed at home, be prepared to pay in your divorce.

For the most part, laws have consistently leaned towards protecting women who do not work, who...

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Don't Let Divorce Guilt Break Your Bank

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Andy was desperate: he owed more than half a million dollars in back child support and alimony and his ex-wife was seeking enforcement, including a violation for failure to pay, which would land him in jail for up to six months. They had been divorced for about 10 years and...

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Child-Support: Paying Your Fair-Share?

(20) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Michael looked at me with a stunned glare. I re-ran the child support calculations again. After some (but not all) of his taxes were considered, the calculator showed the same number, 25 percent of his income for child support. "I knew I was going to pay; I just didn't know...

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Divorce Inequality: What Same-Sex Couples Should Know Before They Say 'I Do'

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Imagine you need a divorce, but at court you are told that you can't get one because your state doesn't recognize your marriage. With a dozen states now permitting same-sex marriage -- including Minnesota which joined the fold on May 14, 2013 -- the unequal treatment of same-sex marriage is...

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Custody Battles: The Top Five Things Dads Should Know Before Setting Foot in Court

(52) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 10:25 AM

You are an active dad -- way beyond changing a few diapers. You attend to the emotional needs of your kids and are genuinely involved in caretaking: potty training, homework, tantrums. You're involved in a real, meaningful way.

What happens when an actively involved dad is faced with a...

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Stop Painting Your Ex as a Horrible, Negligent Addict and Resolve Your Divorce Guilt

(30) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 3:04 PM

I've seen it in my practice a million times a spouse comes up with a million reasons why their ex is a horrible person, shouldn't see the kids and should be in jail. But in the end, the kids are hurt by lack of access to both parents, both parties...

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Every Woman Needs $5,000 in Her Own Account -- Even If It's a Secret

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Every married woman needs at least $5,000 in a bank account in her own name -- no matter what her husband thinks.

Far too many women are going to reject this mandate as an act of marital treason. Let's be clear: I didn't say the account had to be a...

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True Story: How to Squirrel Away $5,000 to Get Out of a Horrible Marriage (And Get the Kids, House and Alimony)

(16) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:33 AM

I know an amazing mother of four children. She is on her second marriage and this time, the marriage is extremely successful. She and her caring, supportive husband are both school teachers. They have two-year-old twins and a house with -- literally -- a white-picket fence around it. It wasn't...

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