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Top matrimonial lawyers weigh in on what divorcing Trump would mean for Melania

Offit Kurman Attorney Cheryl Hepfer Quoted in the Daily News

Victoria Bekiempis, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 Who gets the White House?

Amid unsubstantiated rumors of marital discord between Melania Trump and her President hubby, top matrimonial lawyers are split on whether the ex-model would have a right to remain at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. if the First Couple split.

It’s uncharted territory, since no American president has ever gotten a divorce while in office.

But eight high-profile lawyers, who either specialize in matrimonial law or have worked on a major divorce case, offered their opinions to the Daily News — as a hypothetical, emphasizing the likelihood of a divorce was slim to none.

Several told The News it's typically impossible to kick an estranged spouse out of the marital home, but that President Trump's commander-in-chief status might give him unusual power over Melania's access.

"I think the President could do whatever the President wants," said Raoul Felder, who repped Rudolph Giuliani in his divorce. Felder unsuccessfully fought attempts from Giuliani's ex to bar the former mayor's paramour from Gracie Mansion.

Cheryl Hepfer, who also practices in Washington, D.C., said the White House's status as a government property could undermine Melania's potential claims to residency rights.

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Cheryl Hepfer is a highly-regarded attorney who has practiced family law for more than 40 years. She has been rated by her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a top lawyer in the Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers. She is past president of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Her practice consists primarily of domestic litigation involving significant assets and business interests. She has a wealth of experience in complex cases involving significant assets and property distribution, alimony, child custody and access. She has significant experience representing owners of businesses and their spouses, and those with significant assets, and works with business valuation experts and forensic accountants to maximize the benefits to her clients.







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