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Archive for June, 2009

Who Says Love Doesn’t Last?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 has an article about a couple who had been living together in Germany and decided to get married.  Then they got into an argument almost immediately after the wedding.  It escalated into a big fight in which the groom began chasing the bride around with a knife trying to cut her hair.  She called the police and they gave her a restraining order.  They decided to get an annulment on the same day.  The groom spent what was to have been his wedding night in a homeless shelter.

Divorce Poems

Monday, June 29th, 2009

“Divorced, beheaded, died,
Divorced, beheaded, survived.”

— Rhyme about the fate of those half dozen queens that were married to Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547).  They were, in order:

Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Anne of Cleves
Catherine Howard
Catherine Parr

Two More Ways to Leave Your Lover

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Paul Simon, in his famous song, told us there must be fifty ways to leave your lover. I wonder if he counted the two new ways we saw on television this week:

1.  Use Your Reality TV Show.

Monday night, John and Kate Gosselin announced their separation and intention to divorce on cable tv.  This came amid months of tabloid speculation concerning extramarital affairs.  The show got its highest ratings ever.  The parties say they are going to split custody of their eight children equally.  The children will stay in the house and the parties will alternate living there in what is called a nesting arrangement.

2.  Call a Press Conference.

On Wednesday, Mark Sanford, 49, governor of South Carolina, held a news conference and announced that he had been unfaithful to his wife.  He had been missing for several days and told his staff that he was going hiking on the Appalachian Trail.  However, a newspaper report confronted him in Atlanta getting off a plan arriving from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  His public confession came just before the newspaper broke the story of his mistress in Argentina.

Country Songs We Wish We’d Written

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Saw my lawyer, Mr Good News
He got me joint custody and legal separation
I’m so happy that I can’t stop crying
I’m laughing through my tears

— from “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” by Sting

Even Judges Get Divorced

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court, talked about her divorce in a 1990’s interview that has been turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I cannot attribute that divorce to work,” she said. ” But certainly the fact that I was leaving my home at 7:00am and getting back at 10:00pm was not of assistance in recognizing the problems developing in my marriage.”

“I have found it difficult to maintain a relationship while I’ve pursued my career,” Sotomayor said.  “I know for me finding personal time is enormously difficult. Finding sleep time is sometimes even more difficult.”

Judge Sotomayor has no children and has not remarried.

Read more on this.

Legal Crier Wins Award

Friday, June 12th, 2009

John Bolch, a solictor in England, who writes the “Family Lore” blog, kindly gave us an award.  It is reprinted with his permission below.

May Post of the Month

Sometimes a blog post strikes a particular chord, and you think: ‘Yes, of course, why didn’t I write that?’ Such was the case when I came across the post ‘Fuzzy Logic‘, written by James Gross of the Maryland Divorce Legal Crier (love that name). Often, over the years, I have had clients of a ‘logical persuasion’ (scientists, bankers, accountants etc.) who have clearly expected me to come up with a definitive answer to their problems. Alas, I have to explain, family law does not work like that: there is often no ‘definitive’ answer to a problem, just a series of possibilities. This is what James has posted about, somewhat more elegantly than me, and the post wins my May Post of the Month award. I shall have to remember the Heisenberg uncertainty principle next time…

The prize? A virtual subscription to Scientific American, for James to display prominently in his reception area, just to prove to clients that he is not averse to a bit of logic himself.

Top Ten Divorce Dirty Tricks

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I am not in favor of dirty tricks in a divorce.  Others are not so straightforward.  So it pays know what they are so you can defend yourself if they happen to you.  According to English lawyer Marilyn Stowe, the top ten divorce dirty tricks are:

1. Moving the spouse to a different country in order to obtain a more favourable divorce settlement. (In the U.S. however, a spouse can move to more favorable state.  This is called forum shopping.)

2. Covert surveillance of a spouse by bugging the phone, the car, the office — or by employing an enquiry agent. (Private detective in the U.S.)

3. Secretly photocopying every scrap of financial information in the house and office. Also: downloading everything from a spouse’s computer, and later pretending that he/she didn’t realise what he/she was doing.  (Or destroying information after discovery issues in the U.S.)

4. Salting away as much money as possible, ready for that “rainy day”. (Dash Cash)

5. Damage, destruction, or sale of the household’s most valuable contents.

6. Spending money wildly, as a form of “payback”.

7. Assaulting the spouse and the new partner.

8. Using a “friend” as a spy, to gain access to the lawyer’s office and learn at firsthand what is going on.

9. “Conflicting out” the spouse’s lawyer.

10. If all else fails…running off with the divorce lawyer!

Read the complete article at First Wives World.

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