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Hi there,

The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook.

“Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those things that is extremely important but usually only interesting to lawyers. Its timing is important in Massachusetts because the length of the term of alimony is dependent on it. Otherwise and critically the purpose is to give the other side notice of the divorce. Fairness and due process require this. But in some cases, the other side is missing with no forwarding address or they are deliberately evading service.… Keep reading

Social Data and Divorce: What is Your Data Predicting?

Hi there,

This time of year there are always articles making their way around the internet about relationships and marriages.

Facebook keeps all kinds of statistics and can tell from posts where folks are in their relationships. It is fascinating to me that they can track when the relationship gets serious, and when it goes bad.

There was another interesting piece on how the “cost” of sex has lessened, and how that affects choices for men and women differently (shades of my grandmother).

The most interesting piece, though, was a rather lengthy New York Times opinion piece on how marriages have changed and how the differences affect what we expect of marriage.

Best,

Nancy… Keep reading

Hi there,

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!

Best,

Nancy

 

**UPDATE:  Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th!… Keep reading

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