Adultery

Hi there,

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

Hi there,

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

Hi there!

This appears to be the silly season for Monday 🙂

As a grandmother (and boy do I love saying that) I got a real giggle out of this piece from The Onion.

Law firms at year end are all about collecting fees.  We as partners are barraged with reminders, lists and general nagging to get us to collect.  I roared when one of my partners sent this around the other day.

As a divorce lawyer I see all sorts of fallout from folks confessing to affairs (I happen to think “don’t tell” is a good policy; confession may be good for the soul but it hurts your partner), though I have never before seen the dos and don’ts of confessing your affairs (courtesy of The Daily Beast).

And finally, on a more serious note, here’s a piece on the AffiDavid blog, run by David Yas, the publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Best,

Nancy

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Hi there,

I started out the weekend thinking I wouldn’t have anything to put up today; however, thanks to my fellow bloggers I have some great links!

First, from Taxgirl, a post on child support. I have gotten similar inquiries on my post on child support as well.

Here’s a funny (and true) story about giving the ‘bird’ during a parking dispute.  You’ll be surprised by the outcome.

Then another post from Taxgirl, (that’s 2 in one blog post, thank you Taxgirl!) a fascinating post on Tiger Woods and taxes.  A partner of mine always says that tax ties into everything and I guess he is right.

And finally, a very funny post on how to survive the holidays.  I also had a post on this, Holidays Are For Kids, a few days ago which might be helpful – it outlines a few schedule options for dealing with the holidays as a divorcee with kids.

Best,

Nancy… Keep reading

Hi there!

I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving.  Back to the real world now …

A friend sent me this map of unemployment statistics (originally written by Latoya Egwuekwe and published by the American Observer), which outlines the Geography of a Recession, by month and county/state.  It is real clear that a lot of folks are still having a terrible time regardless of the small improvements we may see or hear about.

One of the more frightening realities of being a divorce lawyer is having a client who you are certain is at terrible risk of domestic violence. I don’t know what caused this lawyer to follow her client in her car but let us hope that the client lives.  It sounds as if the quick first aid (not part of the law school curriculum) may have helped (courtesy of the ABA Journal).

It was apparently a slow news weekend as Tiger Woods‘ unfortunate mishap, or whatever it really was, lead the news.  My bet is on a “marital spat.”  Just in case you were curious (I know I was), here are the five things you need to know about Tiger Woods’ Keep reading

Hi there!

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.

Best,

Nancy… Keep reading