The Divorce Report

Canadian Same-Sex Marriages Not Valid in New York

It took only a week for the  reverberations to begin  from last week’s affirmance by the Court of Appeals of New York’s ban on same sex marriages. Last week, in the case Funderburke v. New York State Department of Civil Service, a Nassau County judge granted the State summary judgment, dismissing the case of a former…
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New York style divorce litigation reaps explosive results

In an aptly titled article Real Estate and Rubble: When Marriages Go Awry , the New York  Times  stated: “. . .[I]n New York, lawyers say, while blowing up a building is extreme, vindictiveness is not unusual. Divorce lawyers said they had seen pets killed and wives given theater tickets so their husbands could put their possessions…
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Burning down the house or If I can’t have it, then neither can you.

In a frightening twist to a hotly disputed divorce in New York State, Dr. Nicholas Bartha, blew up his beloved town house on East 62nd  Street. In prior, postings, I had written of litigants who, no pun intended, followed scorched earth tactics.   Obviously, no one can foresee a party’s irrational behavior or violent reaction to…
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Broken Engagement- Who Keeps the Ring

Both New York tabloids picked up this weekend on a widely reported case involving a broken engagement and the return of an engagement ring. (Finance Hits Rock Bottom and Fiance is “Gift” Rapped.)  For purposes of complete disclosure, I represented the husband-to-be In this case, the husband-to-be sought to recover a large diamond engagement ring given to…
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War of the Roses, redux

 While there is not a lot of levity in divorce, perhaps this tale of a husband and wife involved in a bitter divorce for possession of the marital home could be instructive. The Husband may have won a battle ( or so he thought); he certainly lost the war.   The story, if not useful, is, at least,  humorous.  She…
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Westchester’s matrimonial courts undergo shakeup

A review prompted by complaints of unfair handling of divorce cases has led to a shake-up of Westchester's matrimonial courts. All of the matrimonial judges in Westchester County have been replaced.   Though I have no knowledge of the merits of the charges, I am concerned that wholesale change is akin to “throwing the baby out with…
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Tarazan, a child of divorce, is depressed.

This headline caught my eye:  Boy Tarzan's ma takes swing at dad in divorce. "The teenage star of Broadway's "Tarzan" was hurt so much by a bitter feud between his parents it sent him into intense therapy sessions."   "But the pain of talking about the vicious sparring was too much for 13-year-old Daniel Manche,…
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