Elliott Spitzer recently bought a building near D.C. Mayflower Hotel; fair game if he divorces?

I was just reading  that former New York governor Elliott Spitzer is eschewing politics and has returned to his roots – real estate. Elliott apparently comes out of a real estate development family. His father Bernie Madoff  Spitzer is very wealthy and owns all these buildings and so Elliott and his dad bought this very sleek, … Continue reading “Elliott Spitzer recently bought a building near D.C. Mayflower Hotel; fair game if he divorces?”

Dear Ruth Madoff: Did you make these mistakes in your first marriage?

Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Imprisonment, RICO Where was I reading? It think it was the Wall Street Journal Deal book and this professor from, I believe, Wayne State University, wrote this article about Ruth Madoff getting to keep her penthouse and he suggested that under the anti-racketeering statutes, the government will likely seize everything however tangentially related to … Continue reading “Dear Ruth Madoff: Did you make these mistakes in your first marriage?”

Are you happy you did not divorce?

Divorce is not always the right solution It is never too late to change your mind about divorce. Actually, even if you already get the judgment of divorce, you can just remarry the person if you think you made a mistake. Liz Taylor did it! http://www.divorcesaloon.com/liz-taylor-on-how-to-divorce-with-style But there are people who are happy they did … Continue reading “Are you happy you did not divorce?”

Divorce, Spending….murder? Let’s ask Cheryl McCafferty

Newport Kentucky: Cheryl McCafferty is on trial for the murder of her husband Robert McCafferty, who, it is alleged, she was planning to divorce before the heat of passion/self-defense killing occurred. At the bottom of the issues seems to be a serious spending habit that Cheryl had trouble controlling. Says MSNBC: Less than six months … Continue reading “Divorce, Spending….murder? Let’s ask Cheryl McCafferty”

Divorce: Was it your chicken salad?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP and Mario Batali’s chicken salad could cause your marriage to combust! I just got this week’s GOOP –always fun and entertaining. Gwyneth had a bunch of recipes she got from dinner with Mario Batali, the famed chef. It got me to thinking about this whole idea of the “way to a man’s … Continue reading “Divorce: Was it your chicken salad?”

Divorce & Guardianship: On getting control over your “incapacitated” ex-spouse

Guardianship of an ex spouse Anybody, even a total stranger, can petition the court for guardianship of another person no matter what the person’s age. So, even if you are separated from, or divorced from your spouse, and you feel that a situation exists such that the individual over whom you seek guardianship is “incapacitated” I … Continue reading “Divorce & Guardianship: On getting control over your “incapacitated” ex-spouse”

The art of the Prop 8 challenge

According to the Wall Street journal, the folks out in San Francisco are geared up for an argument tomorrow in California Supreme Court challenging Prop 8 as being unconstitutional. Interestingly, Kenn Starr the rogue attorney who almost got former President Clinton convicted on perjury charges, will be one of the attorneys arguing for upholding Prop … Continue reading “The art of the Prop 8 challenge”

UNITED KINGDOM: divorce News 3/4/09: Goldman Sachs broker settles divorce case after “dispiriting” bonus report

It is not just on Wall Street that husbands are losing their bonuses. It is happening in the UK and around the world as the global recession continues to whip the financial markets. I was reading up on BBC.UK that a Goldman Sachs broker ended his “divorce row” because of “dispiriting news about his bonus.” … Continue reading “UNITED KINGDOM: divorce News 3/4/09: Goldman Sachs broker settles divorce case after “dispiriting” bonus report”

Why the Janet Walsh case is a cautionary tale for Deborah Madoff and other trophy wives

Trophy wives are under siege! And all their earthly possessions could be confiscated when their Wall Street tycoon husbands get busted for fraud. The same is true for ordinary folks who make considerably less than these Wall Street honchos make, btw, but it definitely seems like it is open season on trophy wives. Janet Walsh … Continue reading “Why the Janet Walsh case is a cautionary tale for Deborah Madoff and other trophy wives”

Reese Witherspoon on coping with divorce stress

Academy Award Best Actress winner Reese Witherspoon appears on the cover of Elle this month, and she was rhapsodizing about her new beau, Jake Gyllenhaal. But she also admitted that her divorce from Ryan Phillippe (who allegedly had a crush on one of his co-stars around the time the couple filed for divorce) was “painful … Continue reading “Reese Witherspoon on coping with divorce stress”

How to avoid looking like a gold digger to a divorce court

When 36 year old Swedish countess Marie Douglas David divorced her 66 year old husband UTC chairman George David earlier this year (proceedings are still going on, I believe) she always showed up to court under-dressed. She never flashed her diamonds, she did not wear fur, and she did not show up to court looking like … Continue reading “How to avoid looking like a gold digger to a divorce court”

Did you make these mistakes in your divorce case?

13 mistakes to avoid in a divorce 1) Rushing to file divorce if you are unsure 2) Not being thorough enough in your complaint that is filed with the court 3) Not signing the complaint and verification 4) Not asking for all the relief you want such as custody and equitable distribution and support. 5) … Continue reading “Did you make these mistakes in your divorce case?”

Could you be divorced and not know it?

Can you be divorced and not know it? I think so. Certainly, there are cases where personal service on a party in a divorce action could not be attained and so the court would order the plaintiff (the spouse who is seeking the divorce) to serve the missing spouse by publication. There are guidelines of … Continue reading “Could you be divorced and not know it?”

Ruth Madoff’s $70 million claim to “separate property”

I knew this was coming I just didn’t expect Ira-Genie-in-a-bottle-Sorkin to assert this claim just yet. I expected him to weigh it for a while, spin it around in his head a few months before actually growing enough…how should I say?…enough chutzpah. I didn’t think he’d grow enough chutzpah in such a short period of … Continue reading “Ruth Madoff’s $70 million claim to “separate property””

TEXAS: Stanford Divorce updates, March 2009: What would Susan Stanford get if she were to divorce her husband Sir R. Allen Stanford in Antigua instead of Texas?

Billionaire Sir Allen Stanford divorce updates: I read today that the government of Antigua discovered a few islands off the coast of Antigua that Sir Stanford bought from a Malaysian investor. They have seized the property and others, including the Stanford International Bank.