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A Sacred Cow With Poisonous Teats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:00

Boston Globe columnist, Jennifer Graham, recently discussed what she bemoaned is a “fringe” movement to make divorce more difficult for splitting parties to obtain, in a widely noted June column. Ms. Graham observed that divorce is not “yet” a sacrament, but that it is:

“…a sacred cow with poisonous teats.”

Wow. We have thought a lot about divorce, our own experiences as clients, judge, lawyers, mediators and arbitrators, but we have never managed to summarize the institution with such a glib and cynical spirit. Ms. Graham, of course, was speaking politically, while rhetorically grabbing for op-ed reader attention; and from persona, but not professional, experience. The point of her tasteless metaphor is that the society is too invested in no-fault divorce to turn back. She is probably right in that, but she is at least as naïve in suggesting that people would reverse the agonizing decision to legally split, if only they could see how a day in court. More real even than reality TV!

We are proud of the work that we pursue together. We do not encourage divorce; and so far as we can tell, we don’t cause it, either. We do our best to provide an respectful service in a cost-sensitive manner, while encouraging people to make their own decisions, in a way that saves unnecessary wear and tear on the family. At the very least, we pledge to do no harm to relationships that often must endure despite marriage’s end, in the process of facilitating settlements. ... we believe in what we do.

-- from Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC, Westwood and Northampton, MA

Judge To Take Same-Sex Divorce Case Under Advisement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Friday, 27 June 2014 09:00

Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. announced today that he is taking under advisement a high-profile divorce case involving two men who married legally in Iowa and want to divorce in Tennessee. The issue pertains to whether a same-sex divorce can be granted in a state where such marriages are banned. Simmons said he will render a written opinion soon. Knoxnews has more.

Knoxnews has more.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 01:54
Kansas court says sperm donor must pay child support PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:00

A Kansas sperm donor caught in the middle of a child support case says he wanted to help a lesbian couple when he made the donation nearly five years ago.

Instead, he may end up paying for his action.

A judge ruled that William Marotta must pay child support, even though he says he signed documents waiving his parental rights.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi said on Wednesday that Marotta failed to conform to Kansas law, which says a licensed physician must be involved in an artificial insemination process, court documents show. [ link ]

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 01:52
Dad spent 2.5 years in prison for blogging about his divorce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:00

In 2008, Indiana father Dan Brewington took to his blog to chronicle the difficulties surrounding his divorce proceedings. Frustrated by the lack of answers he received from the closed case file, he posted documents, along with his musings, online, and ended up serving time in prison as a result.

'The custody evaluator wasn't being consistent in his statements,' he told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. 'I started questioning it, raising it with the court. Nobody could provide me with a legitimate answer. So what I wound up doing was making a website and a blog. And I put the information on the internet.'

But it was Brewington's criticism of the judge in his case that ended up landing him in prison. [ link ]

Doctor accused of spying on ex-wife during divorce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Friday, 24 January 2014 09:00

Dr. Steven Curley, a surgeon and cancer researcher from Texas, is accused of using computer software to spy on his ex-wife during their divorce proceedings.

Back in 2011, Curley and a computer analyst, Hank Lehmann, allegedly installed eBlaster (software that some parents use to track their children) on her computer to record emails, chats and web searches.

They both face second degree felony charges and face up to 20 years in prison if convinced. [ link ]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:08
What If We Treated Marriage More Like the Contract It Is? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen B. Hall   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:00

I've been married twice, and both times I went into it with a lot of hope and enthusiasm. Both times, I planned to remain married to this person forever and ever, amen. And both times, I didn't. Both times, I was the instigator in the divorce.

I reflect on that often, and wonder how much we as a couple failed, and how much was a failure of the institution of marriage itself. Is marriage essentially flawed, or am I?

The word contract is used to describe both marriage and business, with one big difference; we go into marriage with a naïve, "YES! Whatever, forever! Love conquers all!" Yet we enter our relationships with our cell phone companies with multi-page documents. We start a relationship with our mortgage holder with at least a 30-page document.

People sign agreements with employers committing to binding arbitration and non-competition clauses, but we place our happiness in trust based on unspecified faith in love. I can't be the only one who thinks that maybe we need to put as much thought into the marriage contract as we do all the other contracts in our lives. [ link ]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:08

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