Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Should child custody be revisited every few years?

There was a thoughtful Op-Ed piece in the May 20, 2012 New York Times titled “In Whose Best Interests?” by Ruth Bettelheim, a marriage and family therapist.  Ms. Bettelheim argues that child custody should be revisited every two years and that children’s voices should be given much greater weight in deciding their custody. The example she […]

What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering

Interesting article in today’s New York Times, What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering, describing what’s wrong with law school methodology and how law students graduate lacking the ability to do even basic legal practice.  Law firms are now taking upon themselves to teach their first year associates how to practice law.  Some are even foregoing having […]

President Obama: Marriage Counselor

If Barack Obama loses the 2012 presidential election, I think the man may have found his next calling: marriage counselor.  As quoted by Maureen Dowd in today’s New York Times: Everybody cannot get 100 percent of what they want. Now, for those of you who are married, there is an analogy here. I basically let […]

Weiner v. Wu

I thought our culture was acting silly when it forced Congressman Anthony Weiner from office for twittering his junk to a 30 year old woman and then lying about it.  However, Congressman David Wu’s recent resignation after it was disclosed he had a sexual encounter with an 18 year old girl is just.  I base […]

Ending the alimony guessing game

An editorial in today’s New York Times, Ending the alimony guessing game, by Alexandra Harwin, a 2011 Yale Law School graduate, highlights New York State’s recent enactment of explicit temporary alimony guidelines.  Under the formula, alimony is set at 30 percent of the higher-earning spouse’s income, minus 20 percent of the lower-earning spouse’s, as long […]

Dan Savage on the virtues of infidelity

An interesting piece in tomorrow’s New York Times Sunday Magazine, Married, with Infidelities, highlights my favorite relationship advice columnist, Dan Savage, and his views on marriage and monogamy. In his relationship column, Savage Love, Dan observes many of the same problems with contemporary marriage that I see in my divorce practice: the tensions and conflicts […]

Should being the victim of a third-party’s Ponzi scheme entitle one to reopen a marital property settlement?

The May 30, 2011 New York Times reports a story about a husband, a partner at a powerful New York City law firm, attempting to reopen his marital property settlement because the value of a major asset he kept in the settlement, shares in the Madoff account, declined in value when it was learned that […]

One of these women can’t be right

Let’s all give it up for an Ivy League law professor intent on ruining any fun that parenting might entail In 1998 a then-relatively unknown developmental psychologist, Judith Rich Harris, published “The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do.”  Her thesis was that much of the child-rearing outcomes that our culture attributes […]


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