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November 2013 Archives

Rupert Murdoch, wife reach divorce settlement

Several months ago this blog discussed the divorce proceedings involving media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng. Recently the Murdochs appeared in court in New York to announce they had reached a settlement of all issues between them, thus avoiding the need for a trial.

Colorado man seeks justice in international abduction case

Child custody fights are often bitter and protracted. But when a judge issues an order awarding custody to one parent, the fight is supposed to be over. Some parents, however, take their children and deny custody to the other parent in violation of court orders. When the abducting parent is a foreign national and they take the children out of the country, the situation becomes a nightmare for the parent left behind.

Custody of pets is a property division issue

Many Colorado dog owners view their pets as part of the family. But in the event of a divorce, those owners might be surprised to learn that most courts don't see things that way. In most cases, a family court judge will view the family pet as personal property, its fate to be decided along with the family car, the house and the furniture.

More women asking for prenups, according to survey

Many couples contemplating marriage are uncomfortable bringing up the topic of a prenuptial agreement, also known as a premarital agreement. After all, it isn't exactly romantic. But in the event of divorce, a carefully prepared prenuptial agreement can save a great deal of time, expense and bitterness when the issue of property division comes up.

Colorado man claims he threw away gold in divorce case

Divorce can be a stressful experience and in some cases can make people do irrational things. Recently a Colorado man claimed in his divorce case that he threw half a million dollars worth of gold into a motel dumpster rather than let his estranged wife have any share of it. If his story is true, it has to rank high on the list of stupid things divorcing spouses have done.