Need a Pre-Nup? Use a Lawyer not a Napkin.

There is a rumor out in internet land that Steven Spielberg and his first wife wrote their prenup on a napkin without any legal representation, and which was later declared void with his wife receiving around $100 million i 1989. Regardless of the truth of the statement, it highlights an important lesson that even Kanye […]

How the DOMA discriminates against Same-Sex Marriage

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, everyone knows that in the State of New York, same-sex couples may now marry. However, just because same-sex couples have the same right to marry as opposite-sex couples, this does not mean that they have all of the same rights as opposite-sex couples.

Since the […]

Who Keeps the Ring When the Wedding is Called Off?

They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. That woman never met California business owner James Mekalianis, who is suing his former fiancee for the $53,000 engagement ring he gave her. Their story is similar to many couples. Girl mets Boy. Boy and Girl fall in love. Boy proposes marriage to Girl. Girl […]

Celebrating the 1 year Anniversary of New Temporary Maintenance Statute: Are We Ready for a Divorce?

Almost nine months after the effective date for the temporary maintenance statute, practitioners are beginning to see a handful of published decisions regarding the new language. After dealing with the new provision for almost a year, are we ready to split with the new language or are we finding that it is a useful tool […]