Category Archives: Spousal Maintenance

Disregard Court Orders, Be Held in Contempt and Go To Jail

The New York Times spotlights Justice Robert A. Ross, a matrimonial judge on Long Island. Justice Ross has apparently earned a reputation for enforcing court orders and judgments by holding recalcitrant litigants in contempt of court and imprisoning them. Too often, when a party prevails in a divorce action, winning a judgment against their spouse,…
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Pre-nup Terms Motive for Britney Spears’ Divorce

There is much speculation on the web and in the blogs, for those who really care, that Britney Spears did not pick November 6 as the day to file for divorce from Kevin Federline by accident. She filed two years and one month from the day of her marriage, on Oct. 6, 2004. Her prenup,…
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Marital Agreements: There Are No Do-Overs

Whenever playing a childhood game, the loser would inevitably call out as the game ended, “Do over.”  In golf, there are mulligans.  In the “game of divorce,” in most cases, there are no second chances to re-negotiate or litigate fairly negotiated and properly executed marital agreement. The recently decided case of Kojovic v. Goldman, 2006 NY…
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Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Till divorce do us part

The gossip pages will always provide rich material for the divorce and family law blogs. This weekend was no exception.  Nicole Kidman wed this weekend, but before the ceremony, she and her new husband signed a pre-nuptial agreement. A pre-nuptial agreement is a good way for parties to protect their assets prior to marriage and…
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Will Sir Paul get burned in his divorce

Paul McCartney announced recently that he was seeking a divorce from his present wife Heather Mills. The question most frequently asked, is why didn’t Paul (since we all seem to familiarly call him by his first name) have a pre-nuptial agreement. Whatever the reason he didn’t we can only speculate. Regardless, I believe that under New…
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