Yearly Archives: 2008

Holiday Greetings From The Divorce Report

This is a great time of the year to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for. Even readers of this blog, who are, presumably, engaged in some type of matrimonial action, whether it be a divorce or a child custody case should be able to find something to be thankful for,…
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Tips to Make the Holidays Better For the Children of Divorce

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, Newsweek offers guidance to divorced parents on how to make the holidays better for their children. Admittedly, the holidays are the most difficult and painful times for families broken apart by divorce. Both parents want to maximize their time with their children. Even the best intentioned parent may…
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Divorce Should Always Be An Option

I recently came across pretty naive article in which Ashia Sims, a relationship examiner, opined that marriage should be forever and divorce should not be an option. While the idea that that marriage is forever is highly appealing and very romantic, it is premised on an overly simplistic or idealized view that two people are…
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Trends in A Troubled Economy

As the economy continues to falter, there are reports of a couple of distinct trends in family law cases: many couples are putting off their divorces and, if the couples are going forward with their divorces, they doing so without legal representation. NBC News is reporting that “more distressed couples are putting off divorce because…
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Law Enacted to Protect Military Parents

Today was Veteran’s Day. From my window on Fifth Avenue, it seemed like the biggest loudest parade in years. In view of this holiday designed to give recognition to those who served this country, it seems appropriate to note a new law which was enacted with little or no fanfare. While protecting the countries’ interests,…
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Recession and Divorce: Another Look

Time Magazine questions, Will the Economy Kill Your Marriage? A couple of weeks ago, I noted that as the economy worsened, my practice became busier. Time seems to confirm my observations and even offers some possible explanations for this phenomenon: There's the lawyer theory, that money provides the soft fatty tissue that insulates the marital…
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Same Sex Divorce Approved in New York

The Divorce Blog has reported that a same-sex couple, wed in Massachusetts, can divorce in New York. This is consistent with New York’s evolving policy of recognizing same sex marriages entered into outside of the State of New York. While New York will recognize a same sex marriage lawfully performed in a jurisdiction other than…
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Home Downpayments: Gift or Loan When Family Money Is Involved

  I read an interesting article in Sunday’s Times about how the credit crunch has resulted in more people borrowing money from their friends and families in order to purchase a home.   There is really nothing new about this phenomenon.   Parents have long gifted or loaned their children money for a home down-payment.    There…
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Another House Divided . . .

The other evening I had the pleasure of being on a panel to discuss the nuts and bolts of legal blogging at a continuing legal education seminar at the New York City Bar Association with three of the best bloggers out there: Kevin O’Keefe, Scott Greenfield, and Eric Turkowitz. As Kevin noted in his blog, Real…
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