Maybe because of the date or just maybe the moon is full, but the Internet was awash with crazy stories this week that were tied (at least tangentially) to divorce.
First, yet another celebrity behaving badly and another sycophant behaving worse. What surprised me about this was the involvement of the divorce attorney as a testifying witness! Whatever happened to attorney-client privilege?
Then there was the case of that weird couple who named their kids after Nazis. Apparently that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of their poor parenting.
And finally there was the wife who discovered her husband had been cheating on her, via Facebook of course. We’ve blogged about this sort of thing before.
Separately, and on a totally serious note, there was another terrific post by Taxgirl that actually makes sense of the tax code mess created by DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and gay marriages. Way to go Kelly!
**UPDATE: Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th!… Keep reading
Things have been crazy busy lately and I just had a chance to catch up on the news from a favorite site of mine, The Daily Beast. Here are a few that I found most interesting.
I was at first astonished, and then not so surprised to learn that your credit card company can predict your coming marital woes. When they said the husband (or wife) is the last to know, I don’t think they had Visa in mind.
I am always interested in changing public (and not so public) attitudes about marriage and extramarital sex, so I was amused to read about the newest Broadway offering in this regard. Somehow the wife doesn’t seem to have been considered, nor I might add, the unnerving possibility of a divorce lawyer in their future.
And finally, another celebrity kamikaze divorce. The McCourt’s got their start in Boston and are ending on the west coast.
Nancy… Keep reading
A while back I posted a piece about women now out-earning their spouses. Apparently this has become grounds for divorce in some cases, and for adultery in others.
However there is always room for both humor and revenge, as this joke, which is circulating on the Internet, shows.
Nancy… Keep reading
I hope you all had a good weekend despite the weather. I managed to avoid watching Tiger Woods’ mea culpa last week, but then I came across this article which basically condones the behavior as “natural”. While I can certainly see the argument that promiscuity may be wired in people, (I have had animals all my life and I know its wired in in them) I really think that as adult human beings we all make choices and promiscuity is a particularly self destructive choice to be making.
The Internet is a fertile field for divorce lawyers. As one, I am very mindful of the pitfalls of social networking. It also is a fertile field for thieves as this new site points out. Privacy in this wired-in age can be illusory. I had no idea how much information the mere existence of technology can provide someone who is able to access it.
And finally, a colleague of mine alerted me about this website, Simple Marriage. It is an interesting compilation of self-help information. If you are considering divorce you may want to review the possibilities for avoiding it. Even if in the end … Keep reading
I spent last weekend reading Andrew Young’s book about John Edwards, The Politician. It was riveting, not only because of the scandal, but perhaps least because of the scandal. I am actually scandal weary right now – think Tiger Woods.
The Politician is a morality tale. Mr. Young is himself a child of divorce. In his teens, his beloved and morally revered father committed very public adultery. You can trace in the book how that loss made him vulnerable to John Edwards’ narcissism.… Keep reading
I haven’t been posting as often this past week, but I have a good excuse – I’m moving after 34 years in the same house. I will be on vacation (some vacation!) this week and next, and some of my colleagues here will be helping me out with guest posts.
In the meantime a friend sent me this article from the Financial Times. Truly amazing!
Enjoy the summer weather.
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