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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.

Belly Dancing Reduces Alimony

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Several years ago a New York judge ordered Brian McGurk to pay his wife, Dorothy McGurk, $850 a month in lifetime alimony and gave her the marital residence because of her disability.

Recently Brian saw an entry on her blog that she was now belly dancing.  Furious, he took her back to court.

Dorothy claimed that her doctor had prescribed belly dancing as therapy for her injuries in a 1997 car accident.  The doctor however did not support that claim in court.

The judge reduced alimony to $400 a month, ordered her to pay her husband’s attorney fees of $5,000 and to give him 60% of the proceeds from the sale of the house.

As Shakira says, “Hips Don’t Lie”.

 
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