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Prenup challenged in New York divorce

Issues surrounding a prenuptial agreement have been raised in a court case between a New York real estate developer and prominent plastic surgeon. Bruce Ratner, chairman of Forest City Ratner, and Pamela Lipkin, a rhinoplasty specialist who has made numerous television appearances, are in the middle of divorce negotiations. Lipkin, in a lawsuit recently filed in the State Supreme Court, says Ratner is trying to evict her from her current place of practice.

The complaint states that Lipkin once worked in a Fifth Avenue building where she owned shares in the property. Those shares were transferred to her current office on 62nd Street in 2008, as a result of a restructuring to obtain tax benefits. According to papers filed in court, Lipkin claims she had to spend $600,000 to bring the facility up to code. In 2009, Ratner asked her to transfer her interest to another property in California. Lipkin agreed to the transfer with the understanding her medical practice could would continue in the existing location.

An attorney for Ratner states that Lipkin is attempting to bypass the terms of a valid prenuptial agreement. He claims the prenup is solid and enforceable since Lipkin had already agreed to its terms. However, the lawsuit states that Lipkin had no reason to believe that her husband of 19 years would not honor the agreement he previously established. She also states that these actions were simply an effort to gain a more advantageous position in their divorce.

Divorce proceedings are often difficult and are stressful for all those involved. Even with prenuptial agreements, couples find themselves involved in disagreements about validity of the contract terms and issues. Individuals facing similar situations can benefit by seeking the advice of a New York divorce attorney to assist them in dealing with this process. An experienced legal team can help those going through a divorce protect their interests and achieve a favorable outcome in their case.

Source:, "Bruce Ratner's ex says he's trying to evict her from her clinic", Katherine Clarke, Jan. 9, 2017

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