In New York, the engagement ring is a conditional gift which becomes the separate property of the wife upon marriage. The cases that say that are Lipton v. Lipton and Addeo v. Addeo.
This is easy. If you received gifts for or after your marriage, these gifts belong to both you and your spouse equally, unless the third party who bestowed the gift made it clear that the gift was for only one of the spouses. Absent a showing that the gift was intended to be for only one … Continue reading “How to handle marital gifts”
There is a case in New York, Nassau County, about a surgeon Dr. Richard Batista and his wife Dawnell Batista. Dr. Batista wants over $1 million dollars from his wife as a divorce settlement. That is because a few years back he gave her one of his kidneys and she later betrayed him and had … Continue reading “Marital Gifts: Why Long Island surgeon Dr. Batista’s kidney belongs to them both”
This one will be filed in our “weird divorce news” category, no doubt. But word from Page Six is that Long Island vascular surgeon Richard Batista is suing his wife for divorce and a part of his divorce petition where he asks for “equitable distribution” he is asking for his kidney back. It seems the good … Continue reading “Long Island doctor wants his kidney back as part of the divorce settlement”