Empty Nesting, Not Just The Kids

With September comes a new batch of empty nests all across the country.  College bound kids and newly employed young adults troop off to their dorms and apartments leaving holes in their parents’ lives.  And, sometimes, in their parents’ walls.  The parents who are left behind see the sweet victory of fulfilling the promise theyContinue reading “Empty Nesting, Not Just The Kids”

A Successful Marriage?

I met this great couple yesterday.   I guess I really should not call them a couple since the reason they were in my office was to sign their divorce agreement.  Plus, they’ve been separated for a few months now. Nonetheless, they were great together. She is beautiful, serious, hard-working, and stable. He is hilarious, carefree,Continue reading “A Successful Marriage?”

Scared into Staying

I sat across the deposition table from an older attorney.  A nice man, I grew up with his son and knew the family.  I had always liked him, but at this particular moment I felt an urge to slap his face as he winked at me and said, “These two lovebirds will be back togetherContinue reading “Scared into Staying”

Cheating and the Tooth Fairy

Let’s talk for a moment about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.  Not every family sets up a belief in either of these characters.  But, many do.  So when is the right time to dis-abuse your children of the fiction you have created for them? Do both Santa and the tooth fairy exist for theContinue reading “Cheating and the Tooth Fairy”

A Good Week at the Plate, I Think?

I am batting a thousand during lunchtime this week.  Not sure at what, though? Monday:  Met a male colleague of mine for lunch.  During the talk of kids and work, there seemed to be an unspoken “…and…” before and after each of his sentences.  Finally, I was out of ability to politely ignore the obvious.Continue reading “A Good Week at the Plate, I Think?”

It’s Called EnFORCEment for a Reason

Enforcement means forcing someone to do something they do not want to do.  Just because a judge rules that your ex-wife has to treat you with respect in front of the kids, doesn’t mean she is going to do it.  A judge who orders alimony payments does not show up at the husband’s house andContinue reading “It’s Called EnFORCEment for a Reason”

Bad Start Turns Happy Ending

A Former Client called today.   Her ex-husband, from whom I divorced her about 10 years ago, passed away.  Frankly, he lived a lot longer than I would have guessed.  While we were going through the divorce process, I never expected him to make it to the next meeting or court date.   The poorContinue reading “Bad Start Turns Happy Ending”

Don’t Take Your Ex’s Word for Everything

I received a call this week from “Tony,” a fictitious name for a man I represented in 1998, when he and his first wife had a 3 year old son together.  He has been a generous and involved father to his child from that marriage for the entire 15 years since his divorce. He paidContinue reading “Don’t Take Your Ex’s Word for Everything”

Whose divorce is this, anyway?

I had a surprising phone call today with an old friend.  He has been in the divorce process for almost a year, and could not see a way to conclude the process and get on with his life.  The reason, sadly, is because his wife won’t let him.  After all of these years of lettingContinue reading “Whose divorce is this, anyway?”

Getta’ loada’ THIS guy!

I rarely do this, but – you think your ex (or soon-to-be-ex) is a jerk?  Getta’ loada’ THIS guy! Mr. and Mrs.  “Michaels” were married while Mr. Michaels was finishing his education at a prominent New York law school.  Mrs. Michaels worked two jobs so they could afford a decent place to live while herContinue reading “Getta’ loada’ THIS guy!”