February 8, 1987 |
Every month, she opens the envelope containing her child support check and cringes. Her former husband invariably has decorated the check with a symbolic drop of blood. Another woman suspects her former husband has some bonds stashed away that he managed to hide during the property settlement. She calls the Internal Revenue Service to report him for alleged nonpayment of taxes. And yet another woman is awakened at 4 a.m. by the ringing of her telephone. She picks it up in terror, knowing whom the caller will be - her former husband, who whispers, "I'm gonna break your legs.
December 2, 1997 |
The Cleveland Indians sent Matt Williams home to Arizona yesterday, acquiring third baseman Travis Fryman and lefthander Tom Martin from the Diamondbacks in a trade brought about by a player's divorce. Williams, a power-hitting third baseman who wanted desperately to play in Phoenix to be with his children, agreed to a $45 million, five-year extension with the Diamondbacks as part of the trade - then essentially gave his new team $2.5 million to get the deal done. "This is the most important decision of the rest of my life," said the recently divorced Williams, who agreed to reduce his '98 salary from $7 million to $4.5 million.
February 16, 2005 |
Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in women's golf and one of the most famous female athletes in the world, has filed for divorce from David Esch, her husband of 8 years. "I want to confirm that I have filed for divorce," Sorenstam said in a statement released to the Associated Press yesterday. "We are working toward an amicable resolution and we appreciate the media's respect for our privacy. I wish David nothing but the best for the future. " Golfweek magazine reported the divorce was filed Feb. 4 in Circuit Court of Orange County, not far from where Sorenstam and Esch live in the gated community of Lake Nona, Fla. The suit has been sealed, and no other details were available.
February 22, 1990 |
The pianist was playing "Try to Remember," but for most of the dinner guests, it wasn't really necessary. They couldn't stop remembering. The scene was a rooftop banquet for divorced fathers, and all around the room could be heard the low buzzing of sad stories. Wives who had locked them out. Judges who didn't listen. Kids who couldn't remember them. Sitting at a table for smokers in the Bala Cynwyd office building, John Pulcinella, a printing salesman, sadly described the end of his marriage, an eight-year struggle that led to divorce, heartache and a court battle for custody of his two daughters.
August 27, 1991 |
Princess Anne will dump Capt. Mark Phillips once and for all next year, a British newspaper reported yesterday. The Daily Express, citing a source close to the princess, said that despite Buckingham Palace denials, divorce preparations are under way and lawyers have been told to draw up papers for a court hearing in September 1992. The couple, married in 1973, announced their separation two years ago. The two years apart entitles them to a quick, no- fuss, no-muss divorce. The Express said the two agreed to wait until next year after a plea by Queen Elizabeth that they consider their children, Peter, 13, and Zara, 10. If they divorce it will be only the second divorce within the royal family core since King Henry VIII shed Anne of Cleves in the 1500s.
June 5, 1987 |
Possibly the first divorce comedy, Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937) stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a modern Manhattan couple who laugh all the way to their final decree. These two nimble physical comedians have highball humor at cocktail time and perpetrate lowball tricks when the other's not looking. The Awful Truth will be shown tonight and Saturday, at 7 and 9:15 p.m., at Temple University Cinematheque, 1619 Walnut St. THE GREAT DETECTIVES RETURN Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington, 302-571-9590.
October 12, 1997 |
John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette reportedly have been talking - no, make that shouting - about divorce. The bickering pair began to generate turbulence aboard a 12-seat plane even before it took off from the Newark airport on its way to Martha's Vineyard back in the summer, according to Boston Magazine. The mag quotes a spy as saying that the couple argued through most of the hour-long flight, but that the quarrel reached its highest altitude when John yelled: "Maybe we should get divorced.
July 3, 2010 |
The latest matrimonial trend - the smash-up of long-term, committed marriages - continues unabated. According to court documents, Kelsey Grammer 's wife, former Playboy model Camille Grammer (née Donatacci), 41, on Thursday filed for divorce in Los Angeles. The couple were wed for nearly 13 years (it's that darn 12-year itch!). Camille has two kids with the 55-year-old Frasier star, Mason Olivia , 8, and Jude Gordon , 5. Camille cites "irreconcilable differences" for the divorce and seeks physical custody of the kids with visitation rights for Kelsey.
January 6, 1989 |
Madonna filed divorce papers against Sean Penn yesterday in a Los Angeles court, citing irreconcilable differences. The pop star, who filed a similar action on Dec. 4, 1987, only to withdraw it two weeks later, married the actor on Aug. 16, 1985. A spokeswoman for Madonna, 30, said no more details concerning the split with Penn, 28, will be immediately disclosed. "I can only tell you that there will definitely be no further comment from either Mr. Penn or Madonna on this subject," said Madonna's publicist.
April 11, 1986 |
Over the last 30 years I have participated in the breakup of more marriages than I care to remember. I'm a divorce lawyer by profession - I wrote the divorce law for the state of Illinois - but I am a romantic at heart, so I suffer pangs of sympathy for both parties during the dissolution process. In fact, I make a strenuous effort to reconcile them before they take that final step, and I can tell you that it's become more difficult in the last 10 years. Since 1960, about 40 million people have been divorced.