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

Why “Contribution” is So Important to a Marriage

November 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Marriage

Recently, I was asked to present an evening workshop by an association of professional women on “How to Negotiate with your Spouse”. I was pleased and surprised that they invited a divorce lawyer to present on this topic (which I call, “How to Get Along with Your Spouse”), but it actually makes great sense. Who but a divorce lawyer is in a great position to see what happens when a couple cannot get along.

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