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

How Mediation Can Help an Elder

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Elders

Mediation, a form of out-of-court dispute resolution, is very much in the news these days.

Everyone’s heard about divorce mediation, and maybe you have a friend or family member who has used it for his or her divorce.  A new field of mediation, marital mediation, is now emerging.  In marital mediation, a mediator helps a couple who wants to stay married resolve their conflicts.  It is an alternative to marital counseling, and sometimes it works when marital counseling does not.

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Laurie Israel

Tiger Woods – Throw that Prenuptial Agreement Away!

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Prenups

by Laurie Israel.   I’ve been hearing the sorry tale of Tiger Woods’ alleged deficits as a faithful husband to his beautiful Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren.  It is just a more publicized and extreme version of what I see in my law practice where I spend my days as a divorce lawyer.  In youthful marriages (Tiger is 33, Elin is 29, and have been married for 5 years), the pledge of fidelity is often a difficult one to maintain.

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