May 24, 2013 |
AN OFFBEAT child's-eye view of divorce enlivens a depressingly familiar scenario in "What Maisie Knew. " The title may ring a bell - it belongs to a Henry James short story on the same subject, updated here with a contemporary characters. Julianne Moore is an unraveling rock singer in a disintegrating marriage to a businessman (Steve Coogan) - the only bond they have remaining is their destructive contempt for each other. "Maisie" is often scaldingly bitter - Moore and Coogan allow their characters' destructive hatred to play out without much modulation - and it's a little scary.
May 15, 2013
LAST Friday's column by Christine Flowers raises huge issues, but in effect boils down to one question: Should a married couple stay married for the sake of the children? As a seasoned, veteran family/divorce attorney for many years (I am no longer in private practice), I have tried divorce cases, domestic-violence cases and custody cases, representing husbands and wives equally. And, for the sake of full disclosure, I have been through a divorce and custody trial personally. There is an old adage among attorneys that criminal-defense attorneys see the worst people at their best and divorce attorneys see the best people at their worst.
May 14, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My boyfriend of a year and a half and I are breaking up. Our fights have turned into WWIII, and he was tired of my being upset because I caught him lying to me a half-dozen times. The kicker is that none of the lies were deal-breaker issues or worthy of the brawls they caused. He feels like the lies might keep a fight at bay, and I feel like lying over insignificant matters just adds fuel to my fire. We have a great time outside of the fighting.
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.