Yearly Archives: 2009

Give the Gift of Divorce

Nothing says I hate your spouse better than a gift certificate to consult with a divorce attorney. Bruce Carton in the Law Blog Watch, reports that one London law firm, Lloyd Platt & Company, is offering a gift voucher that entitles the bearer to a consultation with a divorce lawyer. The consultation touches upon "all…
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Can You Insure Against Divorce?

The success or lack of success of a marriage is apparently now statistically predictable. Since is it predictable, it may soon be possible to insure a marriage against divorce. reports that J. Christopher Westland, a professor of information and decision sciences, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, through an analysis of census data,…
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Texting: The New Way to Get Caught Cheating

There has been much ado, of late, about how text messages are the new lipstick stain on the collar-the telltale sign of an adulterous relationship. Indeed, both  Laura Holson in the  New York Times and David Wright on  Nightline did stories about this phenomenon, which has recently brought down Tiger Woods, Mayor Khame Kilpatrick of…
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Tiger’s Silence Keeps Wife From Arrest

What really happened to Tiger Woods? We will probably never know- though we can speculate. If the voicemail released of Tiger Woods pleading with a lover “Can you please take your name off my phone?” is authentic, perhaps the car accident was the result of a heated argument that escalated violently out of control. On…
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Ten Tips to Deal With Holiday Stress

The holidays can be one of the most stressful times.  There are financial and familial demands.  The stress and pressure can become unbearable and lead to depression. The Mayo Clinic offers ten tips into dealing with holiday stress. 1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with…
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Social Abandonment: Not a Grounds for Divorce

Because New York remains the only state in the country that does not provide for a no-fault divorce, creative lawyers have been forced to “push the envelope” to develop theories using the statutorily recognized grounds of divorce-abandonment, adultery, cruel and inhuman treatment, imprisonment, and constructive abandonment. In one recent case, the wife alleged that she…
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New York’s Highest Court Up-holds Same Sex Marriage

The New York Court of Appeals narrowly upheld same sex marriage in New York.   The Court, in a 4-3 decision did not settle the question  of whether same-sex marriages performed in other states should be recognized. Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr., writing for the majority, expressed “hope that the Legislature will address this controversy.” The…
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Divorce Risk Higher When Wife Gets Sick

    A recent study found that women who were told they had a serious illness were seven times as likely to become separated or divorced as men with similar health problems. Tara Parker-Pope reports in the Well Blog that: When the man became ill, only 3 percent experienced the end of a marriage. But…
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Financial Issues That Destroy The Best of Marriages

I have long felt that since money and money issues are the leading cause of divorce, the economic health of a marriage is a good barometer of the overall health of marriage. Ron Lieber, in his “Your Money” column in the New York Times identifies five, often unanticipated, economic stressors capable of destroying even the…
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