Verification Matters

I am working on a mediated divorce between two people who have more debts than assets.  Frankly, I have been doing quite a few of these lately. We have clients who have everything worked out but cannot complete their divorce until the marital residence sells or gets foreclosed or refinanced.  So, this couple is waitingContinue reading “Verification Matters”

How to avoid creating a murderer

Happy Halloween. Here is the scariest thing I saw today: “Wife shall purchase Life Insurance in the amount of the outstanding mortgage on the marital residence naming Husband as beneficiary.” Gave me chills – like reading the woman’s death warrant.  Spooky on Halloween! Not so bad by itself – I agree – but this wasContinue reading “How to avoid creating a murderer”

How Long Should Alimony Last?

Not every divorce is an alimony case – if both people worked full-time and paid the bills equally and have the ability to continue supporting themselves, most states will not assign alimony payments.  If one spouse stayed home (or spent the days playing tennis), raised children (or pets), and ran the household (well or poorly),Continue reading “How Long Should Alimony Last?”

When is it Alimony?

Alimony:  I interviewed a woman this week for a divorce. They have two small children. Her husband has been unemployed for 4 months and has begun drinking more (amount) and more (frequently).  She works full time to support the 4 of them.  They rent their home. She has a bachelor’s degree and does not makeContinue reading “When is it Alimony?”

IS DENISE RICHARDS CHARLIE’S (GUARDIAN) ANGEL?

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller are officially divorced, having filed their papers Monday morning in theLos Angelescourthouse.  They initially separated in December 2009 after a highly publicized Christmas Day fight.   The terms of the divorce agreement were complicated throughout the process.  Sheen refused to pay alimony. There was a question of who would have custody of theirContinue reading “IS DENISE RICHARDS CHARLIE’S (GUARDIAN) ANGEL?”

What factors might a judge consider in Elizabeth Hurley’s divorce?

Elizabeth Hurley has filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Arun Nayar.  She was worth 13 billion pounds or so, before they married, from her work as a model, actress, spokesperson and designer.  Hurley is also famous for her bad relationships.  She helped make Hugh Grant famous by staying at his side, asContinue reading “What factors might a judge consider in Elizabeth Hurley’s divorce?”