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
I have been saving articles on how bad economic times cause folks to stay together since last fall. These pieces have been really prevalent and I had been wondering what it was that made my practice and the domestic relations practice in general at Burns & Levinson different. We have been extraordinarily busy since January. I had come to the conclusion that because most of our cases are high end divorces the bad economy was causing more of my clients to move forward rather than wait. This was confirmed by an article in the American Bar Association Journal.
I think the reality for the decrease in some divorce practices is more complex than simply a result of the recession. If you look at this post from the Freaknomics blog it is clear that divorce is decreasing not as a result of economic change, but just as a general demographic reality.
I would love to think that this is because people are becoming wiser or kinder, and that may be true, or more likely the young middle aged generation now is the first generation to grow up that were children of divorce, and children of divorce … Keep reading