Category Archives: Marriage

Four Tips To Protect Same-Sex Married Couples in New York

Though New York now recognizes same sex marriage, most states and the federal government do not.   While a valid marriage confers a number of legal rights upon a lawfully wed couple, if the parties find themselves in a jurisdiction that does not recognize same sex marriage, they may not be accorded the rights accorded a…
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Same Sex Marriage Enacted in New York

New York became the sixth state to permit same-sex marriage.    The new law becomes effective on July 24, 2011. New York officials are preparing for a surge in in applications for marriage licenses when the floodgates open. Unfortunately, at some time in the foreseeable future, there will be a corresponding surge in same sex divorce.   …
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Same Sex Marriage Found Valid: Surviving Spouse Allowed to Inherit

A New York appeals court has recognized the widowed spouse of a same sex marriage as the surviving spouse for the purpose of inheriting under a will.   In affirming a Surrrogate's Court ruling, the Appellate Division in the Matter of the Estate of H. Kenneth Ranftle, recognized as valid, a Canadian same-sex marriage. While…
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Marriage Rates Down: Less Couples Wed Due to Economy?

Consistent with the rise in pre-nuptial agreements with the economy faltering, the marriage rate is down. The New York Times is reporting that:   A long-term decline in marriage accelerated during the severe recession, according to new data from the Census Bureau, with more couples postponing marriage and often choosing to cohabit without tying the knot. According…
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Engagement Rings: What Happens When the Bride Is Already Married?

It is well established in New York, that when an engagement is broken, the engagement ring must be returned to the groom.  The exception to this rule is when the man is already married, the intended bride gets to keep the ring. Recently, a New York court answered the question what happens to an engagement…
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Couples Who Are “We’s” Are Happy

Couples who refer to themselves as 'we' are happier than those who say 'I', 'me' or 'you.” The study conducted at the University of California at Berkley, found a link between the use of pronouns and marital happiness. According to the study, reported in the Daily News and in the Domestic Diversions blog, middle-aged and…
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Tiger’s Silence Keeps Wife From Arrest

What really happened to Tiger Woods? We will probably never know- though we can speculate. If the voicemail released of Tiger Woods pleading with a lover “Can you please take your name off my phone?” is authentic, perhaps the car accident was the result of a heated argument that escalated violently out of control. On…
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Ten Tips to Deal With Holiday Stress

The holidays can be one of the most stressful times.  There are financial and familial demands.  The stress and pressure can become unbearable and lead to depression. The Mayo Clinic offers ten tips into dealing with holiday stress. 1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with…
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