Tom Cruise's recent admission that his ex–wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce to protect their daughter Suri from Scientology highlights what can happen when divorce and religion mix and go awry. While religion may not be a motivating factor in most people's divorce, it can be an important part of a … Read more about Divorce and Religion: How Do Parents of Different Religions Deal if They Divorce?
Karen’s Divorce Blog: Practical Information to Get You Through Your Divorce
I recently read an article about a divorcing man who converted his life savings into gold and then threw it away in the trash, just so that his wife couldn't get it. Or, I should say, he "allegedly" threw it away. He says he threw it away ... but no one saw him throw it away and he has no proof that … Read more about 5 Steps to Take if You Think Your Spouse is Hiding Assets
When you're going through a divorce, there are a million different ways you can make it ugly. You start by hiring the most aggressive trial lawyer you can find. Then you give that lawyer free rein to engage in every dirty trick in the book. You go to court early and often. You air all of your … Read more about Going Through an Ugly Divorce: You Can Win the Battle and Still Lose the War
Bloomberg News recently ran an article about a former Wall Street portfolio manager who has been jailed so many times for failing to pay alimony that he now wears a nicotine patch and scrawls important phone numbers on his arm in permanent ink before he goes to his family court hearings. … Read more about Permanent Maintenance? Better Have a Plan B!
If you ever wondered why it is important to know what you are doing before you settle your divorce case, the answer is simple: a deal is a deal. Once you've agreed to settle your case, and you've signed all of the paperwork, and the judge has entered the judgment in court, it is extremely difficult … Read more about A Deal is a Deal: Overturning a Divorce Judgment is an Uphill Battle
Is there such a thing as a "sensible divorce?" I mean, really? The news is routinely filled with sensational stories of divorce gone wrong. We read about vindictive spouses who are hell bent on destroying their exes. We read about greedy lawyers who fan the flames of conflict so that divorces … Read more about The Key to a Sensible Divorce: Focus on What Matters
I recently read an article about Dan Auerbach, the lead singer and guitarist for the Black Keys. He just divorced his wife, Stephanie Gonis. In the property division, she received $5 million, one of the couple's homes, a Toyota Highlander .... and a lock of Bob Dylan's hair! From a legal … Read more about Property Division in Divorce: Don’t Sweat the … Stuff!
Florida Attorney Paul Rampell recently set off a storm of controversy when he proposed a new way to get married. Its called a "wedlease." The idea is fairly simple. Instead of entering into a traditional marriage, which, at least theoretically, involves a lifetime commitment, people could choose to … Read more about Wedlease v. Wedlock. What Will They Think of Next?
If you want to get divorced, you have to go to court, right? The answer is yes .... and no. Only a judge has the power to divorce you. So, yes, if you want to get divorced, at some point you (or in some jurisdictions, just your attorney) have to appear in front of the judge. But, just because you … Read more about Is Your Divorce Case Going Nowhere in Court? Try Family Law Arbitration
The recently announced divorce of billionaire Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, is all over the news this week. Having been divorced twice before, and having an estate worth over $11 billion, of course Mr. Murdoch had a prenuptial agreement with his wife. As one commentator put it, if Rupert … Read more about Do You Need a Prenup?
In this day and age, prenuptial agreements are nothing new. For anyone with a big income, or a sizeable chunk of money, or who has kids from a prior marriage, signing a prenuptial agreement before marriage is pretty standard. Most "prenups" lay down the rules for who will get what if the parties … Read more about Love Contracts – The Newest Kind of Prenup
Many divorce judgments contain what is known as a "morality clause." While there are many variations of that clause, a morality clause is essentially a provision in a divorce decree, or court order, that says that neither parent can have a romantic partner spend the night while the children are … Read more about Be Careful of What You Agree to: Understanding the Morality Clause in Your Divorce
Just when you think you've heard it all, someone comes up with something new and, well, it kind of rocks your world a little bit. At least, that's how I felt when I read the latest news about the "Divorce Hotel." You check in on Friday married, and, after spending the weekend working with … Read more about Divorce Hotel … Really?!