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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 […]

How the Rise of Social Media has Affected Divorce Proceedings

Social media networks and digital communication have undoubtedly, and perhaps irrevocably, altered 21st century relationships. Couples that have found love through social media (and there are many) can become, years later, the same couples who broadcast every aspect of their breakup on, you guessed it, social media. Spouses who take to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and […]

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 […]

Same Sex Couples Less Likely to Get Divorced Than Straight Couples

Same Sex Couples Less Likely to Get Divorced Than Straight Couples Half Full Magazine, January 23, 2015, Jacqueline Newmans In a recent Washington Post article, it was stated same-sex couples are less likely to divorce that straight couples.  New York City divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman weighs in with Half Full on the topic. Jacqueline,  thank […]

Who Gets the Dog When You Break Up?

It is the road most traveled: You partner off. The two of you move in together, get hitched or make a Kurt-n-Goldie-style life commitment to one another. You buy some throw pillows and if you didn’t already have a pet, you go and find yourself a fur baby. Maybe after the two of you have […]

Could a Monied Same-Sex Spouse Flee His Legal Obligations in Divorce?

By October of 2013, Patrick Arbor had had enough. The former Chicago Board of Trade Chairman was ensnared in a nasty divorce battle with Antoinette Vigilante and after over a year of wrangling the end appeared to be in sight: the divorce was finalized on October 1. But the financial hits had not stopped, and […]

The Benefits – and Potential Pitfalls – of a Prenuptial Agreement

Kenneth C. Griffin is the founder and CEO of Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel LLC, which has around 16 billion dollars in assets under management. He’s been a periodic newsmaker since the early 2000s, when he was the second-youngest entrant on the Forbes 400 list. Mr. Griffin’s current wealth has been estimated at 3 billion dollars, […]

Jacqueline Newman Talks Litigation Challenges for the Wealthy


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