Monthly Archives: October 2008

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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The Return of Engagement Rings Re-Visited

In writing this blog, I always find it interesting to observe which articles are most viewed. Over time, I have observed that the articles I’ve written about broken engagements and the return of engagement rings are quite heavily trafficked.   So then, it came as no surprise to me that the New York Times contained a fairly comprehensive…
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6 Tips to Prevent Divorce From Becoming All Consuming

Litigants going through divorce become all consumed by it. They eat, sleep and live divorce. They complain about their soon to be ex to their friends, family, their neighbors, their hair dresser, their mailman, and anyone or everyone they speak to. (If they are to be believed, it really makes you wonder how they could…
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