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Archive for June, 2012

Anti-Cheating Ring

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


With Arnold and Tiger in mind, has created a wedding ring to remind a spouse of their marital status and prevent cheating.

If you slip this ring off, the negative engraving on the inside leaves a mark on your finger that says “I’m Married”.

The ring is made of strengthened Titanium and costs $550. It comes with a life time guarantee. Til death and all that.


How Much Do Kids Cost?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Costly Kids

Negotiating Tip: The 85% Rule

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Lawyers know there is no such thing as a slam-dunk case.

Even the most straight-forward case, like a suit on a promissory note (an “IOU”), can have twists and turns you don’t expect.  I’ve had defendant’s argue over the words of the note and the size of the typeface.  I have one now where the defendant argued that her note should be canceled by the court because she didn’t receive consideration for it.  She lost.  I got a judgment.  She’s appealing the judgment.

Even in what you may think is a slam-dunk case, there is still a 15% chance that something can go wrong.  Your case is continued, a witness doesn’t show up, the judge is having a bad day or the case is appealed.  And add to uncertainty, time and attorney fees.

So we have what we call the 85% rule at our office.  If you offered 85% by settlement instead of trial, take it.

Divorce Quotes

Monday, June 18th, 2012

“Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Divorce Songs We Wish We’d Written

Friday, June 15th, 2012

“50 Ways to Say Goodbye”

by Train
My heart is paralyzed
My head was oversized
I’ll take the high road like I should
You said it’s meant to be
That it’s not you, it’s me
You’re leaving now for my own good

That’s cool, but if my friends ask where you are I’m gonna say

She went down in an airplane
Fried getting suntan
Fell in a cement mixer full of quicksand
Help me, help me, I’m no good at goodbyes!
She met a shark under water
Fell and no one caught her
I returned everything I ever bought her
Help me, help me, I’m all out of lies

She was caught in a mudslide
Eaten by a lion
Got run over by a crappy purple Scion
Help me, help me, I’m no good at goodbyes!
She dried up in the desert
Drowned in a hot tub
Danced to death at an east side night club
Help me, help me, I’m all out of lies
And ways to say you died.

Divorce Quotes

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

“I suppose a divorce is difficult isn’t it, because of the admin.  There’s a lot of admin.”

— Russell Brand on his divorce from Katy Perry

Housing Prices Rise in Maryland

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Will rising housing prices bring more divorces?  Couples who were arguing over who takes on the house as a liability may now be able to argue over how to split the net sales proceeds if housing prices continue to advance.

Over the past year in Maryland, housing prices in Montgomery County increased more than those of any other county in the Washington, DC, region, according to a story in the Washington Examiner.

Housing prices rose 11.7 percent in May over the same period a year ago, and are up 5.7 percent so far this year, a Metropolitan Regional Information Systems report showed.

Divorcing a Narcissist

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Why would anyone marry a narcissist?  Because they can be charismatic and charming and put on a show to make you fall in love with them.  Only later will you discover the reality.  It’s all about them.

Narcissists lack the capacity most of us have for empathy and emotionally recognizing the needs of others.  The narcissist thrives on constant conflict to stay connected and fight for his or her own rights.  They are usually oblivious to the needs of their spouse or children.

The narcissist will not forgive and move on if you divorce them. Their anger lasts for years sometimes.  They cling to the narcissistic injury: “How could you do this to me?”

It is probably not possible to have an amicable divorce with a narcissist and co-parent in a reasonable way. They will disparage the other parent, make up false allegations, and resist child support because that requires giving money to their ex.  Their feelings of entitlement get in the way of dividing assets fairly.  They do not think about what is best for the children. They think about what is best for them.

The narcissist is not aware or conscious of their own bad behavior and feels entitled.   They have excuses for everything and blames others for their actions. They are used to exploiting others to meet their own needs. The way to regain power now is in creating massive chaos in the divorce process and using the children as pawns.

Sometimes it takes two to Tango.  But sometimes it takes only one.  Divorcing a narcissist requires an understanding of this personality type.  It may require a mental health consultant and appointment of a strong parenting coordinator for post divorce disputes.

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