Laurie Israel

What We Can Learn from the Top 10 Celebrity Divorces of 2010

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Divorce

Do celebrity divorces provide entertainment? Yes, but maybe we can learn something from them too.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Courteney Cox and David Arquette are in a trial separation and contemplating divorce.  They say they have “grown apart” during their marriage and that was confirmed when we all heard David talking about his sex life on Howard Stern’s radio show.  Honesty is a virtue, but one’s new single sex life is better left unsaid if you hope to reunite with your ex.  To David’s credit, he tweeted an apology.  Could the impetus of the separation have been California’s divorce law, which likely would increase Courteney’s spousal support obligation at the 10-year point?

Lesson:  Keep your single sex life to yourself during your trial separation.

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Laurie Israel

Batting Zero: Did the McCourt Postnup Destroy Their Marriage?

December 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Prenups

As published on the Huffington Post, divorce section, 12/23/10.

If you don’t follow baseball news, the McCourt case is the epic divorce battle for ownership of the $800 million Los Angeles Dodgers after a 30 year marriage. After wading through the 100 page court opinion of the case*, I’ve come to some surprising conclusions about postnuptial agreements. The key point is that Frank and Jamie McCourt signed a postnuptial agreement in 2004 which was found to be invalid.s-MCCOURTS-mini[1]

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