May 10, 2013
ANYONE who's read this column over the past 10 years knows that I'm an immigration lawyer by profession. It makes its way into the conversation every month or so, either directly (as when I'm pleading with my conservative friends to realize that branding someone "illegal" is a political death wish) or indirectly (as when I use examples from my own life to point out how hypocritical the left is - and has always been - about human rights). That column I wrote comparing the young Pakistani girl shot through the head by the Taliban to condom crusader Sandra Fluke garnered inclusion in the Atlantic 's "50 Worst Articles of 2012.
May 7, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I'm responding to your request for comments about the letter from "Happily Single" and whether a divorce would be the first course of action upon winning the lottery. In a community-property state, a divorce after winning wouldn't legally protect you from having to share the spoils with your soon-to-be (and probably now bitter) ex-spouse. My husband and I have talked at length about what we'd do if either of us won the Powerball jackpots. We'd start by consulting a lawyer/financial planner to find a way to protect our privacy before claiming the money.
May 6, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My parents are getting divorced, which wouldn't have surprised me 10 or 20 years ago, but by now I thought they were fine with the status quo. How do I begin to build a (long-distance) relationship with my dad, who was physically present but completely emotionally inert throughout my childhood? He is clearly trying to address the lifestyle issues that caused their longtime problems, but it will take a while to see if any of the changes last.
April 30, 2013 |
The New Jersey Divorce Center offers help with low-cost, simple divorces. So does the NJ Divorce Center. The New Jersey Divorce Center sells its services on its website, with a distinctive black background, royal-blue type, and an eye-catching headline that scrolls across the screen from right to left. So does the NJ Divorce Center: Black background, blue type, scrolling headline, right to left. Here's one difference: The New Jersey Divorce Center, headquartered in Pleasantville with offices in Cherry Hill, is the plaintiff in a trademark lawsuit filed in federal court in Camden this month.
April 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - An independent review of the U.S. government's antiterrorism response after the Sept. 11 attacks reported Tuesday that it was "indisputable" the United States engaged in torture and the Bush administration bears responsibility. The report by the Constitution Project, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank, is an ambitious review of the Bush administration's approach to the problems of holding and interrogating detainees after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
March 8, 2013 |
IN 1990, following her starring roles in "About Last Night," "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Ghost," the notion that Demi Moore , then married to Bruce Willis , would one day seek spousal support from Ashton Kutcher would have seemed ridiculous. Then again, Kutcher was in the sixth grade at the time. But Demi stated in a court filing Thursday that she not only wants support from the "Two and a Half Men" star, but she also wants him to pay her attorney's fees in their divorce proceedings.
February 22, 2013 |
WAS IT INFIDELITY? Was it booze? Was Barbra Streisand a pushy mother-in-law? One of the prettiest couples in Hollywood, Diane Lane and Josh Brolin , are divorcing after eight years of marriage. A rep for the couple confirmed the split Thursday. Brolin and Lane were married in 2004 in the second marriage for both. They have no children . . . together. Lane was previously married to Christopher Lambert and they have a 19-year-old daughter. Brolin was previously married to Alice Adair and they have an 18-year-old daughter and a 24-year-old son. The separation was first reported by Us Weekly . One Scary judge One of our great mysteries has been solved - we now know who is going to replace Sharon Osbourne as a judge on "America's Got Talent.
February 18, 2013 |
MOST DUFFERS get first-tee jitters. Can you imagine how shaky you'd be if you were golfing with President Obama? Tiger Woods now knows that feeling. The president decided to escape the pressures of the White House by spending the weekend at the Floridian Golf and Yacht Club in Palm City, Fla. While the president was enjoying a few days with his golfing buddies, his wife and daughters were skiing out west. There was no word on Michelle's reaction to her hubby fraternizing with Woods, who was treated for sex addiction after numerous extramarital affairs that led to a divorce from Elin Nordegren.
February 18, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I have lived in an abusive marriage for 11 years. Now, when I have finally mustered the courage to leave, everybody says I must stay "for the children" as he is a "changed man. " I no longer love him and he refuses to give me a divorce. He also refuses to admit there is anything wrong in the marriage and says I'm exaggerating everything. I have tried counseling and therapy alone because he refused to join me. I do not want my four children to be affected by my choice and wish for a mutual discussion, but he doesn't want to discuss divorce.
February 6, 2013
IT'S COMMONLY SAID that fighting about money is one of the main reasons couples divorce. That's not exactly accurate. Couples definitely fight about money - lying about it, the control of it, the lack of it or the mismanagement of it. But just as money isn't really the root of all evil, it's not the root cause of many divorces, either. The fights that couples have about money are frequently the manifestation of some other deeply entrenched stuff that comes out when there are financial issues.