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Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd Partner Jacqueline Newman Interview by Piers Morgan on Madonna’s Messy Custody Dispute

Jacqueline Newman, managing partner of , was interviewed last week by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the popular iTV morning show Good Morning Britain. The topic: the messy and extremely public child custody fight now being waged between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their child Rocco, who currently resides in London. Video of […]

Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, LLP Announces New Partner Jessica L. Toelstedt

, is extremely proud to announce that Jessica L. Toelstedt has been promoted to partner, joining current partners Barry Berkman, Walter F. Bottger, Jacqueline Newman, and Evan D. Schein. Jessica joined the firm in 2012. Prior to this, she worked for another Manhattan firm where she also focused on complex matrimonial and family law cases. […]

Divorce in Song: Blu Cantrell’s “Hit Em Up Style”

We all know the 2001 song “Hit Em Up Style” by Blu Cantrell, yes? Not only was it a massive hit back then, it still pops up pretty frequently in clubs and on the radio now. It is, inarguably and without question, a great song. It is also a song with some very bad legal […]

No, You Can’t Protect Your Assets With a Secret, Fake Divorce.

So much to comment on in this New York Post story. First a brief summary, although it is worth reading in full. Gabriel Villa and Cristina Carta Villa were married in New York in 1994. According to the Post, they lived “the good life” for the next twenty years, “jetting between homes in New York […]

Divorce on Film: Breaking Bad

Season three of AMC’s landmark TV show “Breaking Bad” features a plot in which one of the show’s primary characters – Skyler White, wife and reluctant partner-in-crime to antihero meth cooker Walter White – considers whether to file for divorce from her possible sociopath husband shortly after learning that he is, in fact, a drug […]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Annulments

Last week, Pope Francis made headlines by announcing a change in how the Catholic Church will handle annulments of marriages going forward, meant to make it easier for Catholics to have their marriage annulled. I would like to capitalize on this recent publicity given to a concept – annulling a marriage – that even many […]


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