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Archive for August, 2011

Divorce Vacation

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Resorts offer Wedding and Honeymoon Packages.  It was only a matter of time until someone came up with a Divorce Vacation.  Casa Velas, a resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is offering a Divorce Package from August 1 through December 22, which includes:

# Luxury Accommodation in our Presidential Suite
# Full bar in the living area of the suite.
# A private in-suite welcome dinner.
# Private farewell cocktail party for the wedding ring (coffin for the ring included!)
# VIP night on the town to kick off the single life right.
# A jewelry consultation to redesign your ex-engagement ring.
# A shopping tour to start enjoying that settlement.

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But Judge I’m a Genius

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Henry Silverman, 68, of New York, married Nancy Silverman, 66, in 1978.  In their 30 years of marriage, Henry built Cendant Corporation into a multi-billion dollar company that provides car rentals, travel reservation services as well, real estate brokerage and hotel franchises.

Then he got a divorce in 2008 and soon after became engaged to yoga instructor Karen Hader.  In dividing up the marital assets, Henry submitted that he was an innate genius and Nancy had no part in his financial success.  He alone, through his unique personal traits, was responsible for accumulating a $450 million fortune during the marriage.  To support his theory, he submitted affidavits from three psychologists who would testify at trial about his intelligence.

State Supreme Court Judge Laura Drager rejected the evidence, saying that although “the husband brought to his work innate abilities and acumen that helped cause the business to succeed, ” the wife also contributed by “managing the couples’ domestic and social life and raising their daughter, and the social introductions and other efforts she claims to have made that assisted the husband in business.”

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How Do I Tell My Spouse I Want a Divorce?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Some clients ask me the best way to bring up the subject divorce with their spouse.  I’ve always said, you might try asking questions, like “Are you happy in our marriage?” and “What do you see in the future for our marriage?”

If that doesn’t work, or you don’t want to do it, I’ll do it for you by sending a lawyer’s letter to your spouse to begin negotiations on a separation agreement.

Today, however, I found a better answer in a thoughtful article by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. in Psychology Today, which I am going to start giving to clients who ask me that question.  She says, you don’t want to bring it up in anger, or to punish, shape up, or shake up the other person.  And you don’t have to mention divorce every time it passes through your head.

Instead she counsels basic fairness.  She says it’s not fair to conceal crucial facts that affect your partner.  Divorce should never come out of the blue.  Talk frankly about divorce with your spouse and first give your spouse a chance of deciding whether to make the necessary changes to make your marriage work.

 
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