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Divorce Quotes

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

“Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass.” — Mary Kay Blakely

Thinking About Divorce

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

More than half the married people in the U.S. have thought about divorcing their spouse according to a survey by researchers at Brigham Young University.

However, as the researchers wrote in their study, “thoughts about divorce as just that — thoughts, not concrete actions, decisions, or even deep doubts.”

Thoughts about6 divorce are not only common in marriages, they can actually have a beneficial effect. The researchers say thoughts about divorce can be a needed wake-up call to work on your marriage and promote positive change.

Will Shoes Make the Difference in this Divorce?

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

I think my wife has a lot of shoes. But it is nowhere near Tracey Hejailan’s 80 pairs in one of her multiple walk-in closets in a house in Monte Carlo. She is divorcing her husband, multimillionaire, Maurice Amon, in New York, where the couple also has a home.

But Amon claims the shoes are evidence that the couple actually lives in Monaco.

The difference could be worth tens of millions because New York divorce law is based on shared martial property while Monaco divorce law is based on which spouse has legal title. At issue is the art collection, which includes a Basquiat and a Warhol.

Age Can Create Unique Divorce Problems

Monday, November 30th, 2015

He was in his 70’s when multi-millionaire Martin Zelman of New York wed Lois Zelman. They entered into a prenuptial agreement. Fifteen years later, Martin filed for divorce.

But by then Martin had dementia and the judge decided he wasn’t competent enough to understand what he was seeking.

Martin’s children by another marriage were appointed trustees and after much litigation and several years later they reached a settlement this year with Lois. She gets about ten million dollars.

The lesson here is that in a prenuptial agreement, you should address not only what happens in the event of a divorce, but also other contingencies like death, disability and dementia.

Maryland Alimony Factor #6

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The sixth factor the court has to consider in determining the amount and duration of alimony is “the circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties.” MD Family Law Article 11-106(6).

But can adultery after separation contribute to the estrangement of the parties? Nan Willoughby married Robert Willoughby in 1928.  They had a stormy marriage for several years and Nan moved out in 1966 filing for divorce based on constructive desertion. Robert then moved in with another woman and Nan filed a supplemental complaint for adultery.

The trial judge found that the husband’s adultery was the fault that destroyed the home. The husband appealed arguing that the home had been destroyed with the separation of the parties some time before.

The Maryland Court of Appeals disagreed with the husband finding that:

Appellant wishes to isolate one point in time and determine the ‘fault which destroyed the home’ as of that time. We think the concept is broader than this, and permits the trial judge properly to consider all of the circumstances resulting in the destruction of the marriage, including the conduct and acts of the parties both prior and subsequent to actual physical separation.

Willoughby v. Willoughby, 256 Md. 590 (1970)

Divorce Quotes

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

“Let miracles replace all grievances.” — A Course in Miracles

It’s Either Me or the Moustache

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

 

In Algeria, we hear that a woman has filed for divorce after three months of marriage because her husband will not shave his moustache.

I guess she has never heard the old French idiom:

“Un baiser sans moustache est comme un œuf sans sel!”

(“A kiss without a moustache is like an egg without salt!”)

Backup Husband

Friday, September 25th, 2015

In a survey of 1,000 married women, the Daily Mail found that half of them have a “fall-back” partner in case their marriage doesn’t work out.

Backups included ex-boyfriends, ex-husbands, colleagues and friends from the gym. Ten percent said the backup already confessed their love and twenty percent said the backup would drop everything if required. The most common backup was a man the wife had known for around seven years.

No word on whether married men should have a backup wife.

Book Titles I Wish I’d Thought Of

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

You Can Be Right (or You Can Be Married)

by

Dana Adam Shapiro

Divorce Care Basket

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Gail Saukus, Office Manager for Divorce Attorneys for Women (DAWN) suggests a Divorce Care Basket for someone going through a divorce. She says the basket can include:

  • Comfort. Tea, a pillow, a snuggly, chocolate.
  • Help. Offer to do housecleaning, laundry, babysit.
  • Distractions. Paperback, movie, DVD, girls night out.
  • Beauty. New lipstick or balm, a mani-ped, a facial, a new scarf or earrings.

Let me add that men will appreciate a Divorce Care Basket, too. And my new book, It’s Splitsville, would make an excellent addition to the basket.

 
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