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Archive for February, 2007

Radio and Television Appearances Tomorrow

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

WTTG Fox Five Morning News has been running a series on marriage called Degrees of Devotion all week. Tomorrow there will be three segments about divorce between 6:50 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Reporter Brooke Baldwin will be in my office to inteview me live. Catch it if you can.

Then at 12:00 noon tomorrow, I’ll be interviewed by Rolanda Watts about Fathers’ Rights. There may also be a Mothers’ Rights advocate on the show with me. Hear the live stream at Rolanda’s website.

A Free Divorce for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Pennsylvania radio station WZZO is giving away a free divorce for Valentine’s Day. All week long listeners have been submitting “I loathe you” poems to disk jockey Tori Thomas telling her what’s so bad about their marriages and spouses. Here’s a sample:

What we have now is not a life
And you will soon have a new wife.

So my sweet Valentine
You are free to marry the bride of Frankenstein.

Here are the papers for you to sign!

Tori has posted the top ten and you can vote for your favorite. The winner will receive a free divorce.

Grandparent Rights in the Anna Nicole Smith Case

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Virgie Arthur, grandmother of Daniellynne Smith, five month old daughter of deceased Anna Nicole Smith has flown to the Bahamas.

Daniellynne is in there in the custody of Howard K. Stern and being cared for by his sister and mother.

Grandma says she wants to make sure that Daniellynne is safe. Stern says he wants to keep the baby from her grandmother in accord with Anna Nicole Smith’s wishes.

The US Supreme Court said in Troxel that a parent’s visitation schedule was presumptively in the best interests of the child and therefore better than a grandparent’s visitation schedule. This presumption could be overcome by a grandparent and it may not apply when the parent is proposing no visitation.

The presumption in favor of parents over grandparents has also been applied in custody disputes. The presumption can be overcome by a showing that a parent is unfit, has abandoned the child or there are other unusual circumstances.

Million Dollar Baby

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The death of Anna Nichole Smith ups the stakes in the custody fight between Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern over Smith’s five month old daughter.

If Smith left her estate to the child in a will, or if Smith died without a will, the child will receive a portion of her mother’s estate. And Smith’s estate may ultimately collect millions from Howard Marshall’s estate, Smith’s ex-husband.

The child’s father will be the child’s guardian and control those funds until the child is 18 years old.

I’ll be discussing this case in more detail on the Fox Television Network Monday morning, February 12, 2007, at 6:50 a.m.

Country Songs We Wish We’d Written

Monday, February 5th, 2007
Give It Away
George Strait

When that front door swung wide open,
She flung her diamond ring:
Said: “Give it away”
“Just give it away”

An’ I said: “Now, honey, don’t you even want,
“Your half of everything”
She said: “Give it away”
“Just give it away”

“Just give it away
“There ain’t nothin’ in this house worth fightin’ over
“Oh, an’ we’re both tired of fightin’ anyway,
“So just give it away”

Getting Divorced? Welcome to the Majority

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

When you are going through a divorce, it feels like you are the only one in the world this is happening to.

Now comes news through a New York Times analysis of census data, that since 2005, women living without husbands are 51% of the total number of women over 15 in the United States.

Andrea Roan asked me about this trend recently on WUSA TV. I told her the reasons are that women are waiting longer to get married, more couples are choosing to cohabit rather than marry, and many divorced women are deciding not to remarry.

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