Tag: Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Tiny Love Stories: ‘We Kissed Behind the Clothing Donation Bin’

Finding a Date in Divorce Group In Massachusetts, if you’re divorcing and have children under 18, you must complete a parenting program. For five Wednesday nights, my friend and I were buzzed into the local middle school, where we sat at small desks among other newly single parents: the crying blonde in scrubs, the angry […]

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‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ vs. ‘Marriage Story’

This essay includes spoilers for “Marriage Story.” In Noah Baumbach’s film “Marriage Story,” Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) explains to her divorce lawyer, Nora (Laura Dern), why she’s ending her marriage. In the early stages of their relationship, Nicole abandoned an acting career in Hollywood to move to New York City with her husband, Charlie, an up-and-coming […]

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Billionaire’s Ugly Divorce Ignites Battle Over Spectacular Art Trove

There is the $72 million apartment, so large it runs the full length of one side of the Plaza Hotel, with windows overlooking Central Park. A second Manhattan apartment is high up in one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, along the so-called Billionaires’ Row. The $19 million house in the Hamptons on […]

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Should I Tell the Children Why My Marriage Broke Up?

I am a middle-aged woman. Several decades ago I had an affair with a woman I met in a writing class at a prestigious university’s continuing-education program. I was at a very fragile and vulnerable point in my life. My husband and I and our young children had recently moved to a new town where […]

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The Chicken’s in the Oven, My Husband’s Out the Door

To celebrate Modern Love’s 15th anniversary this month, we’re publishing a series of special features — three classic essays from the column’s early years and four conversations with writers whose stories were adapted for the television series that began streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 18. This week we present the third Modern Love […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘It Was Unsettling to Find Myself Still Single at 36’

More Than I Imagined My son’s first love, at 15, was not what I imagined for him. She came from a family scarred by drug abuse and poverty. At 16, she got her G.E.D. and worked nights. He rode the bus to school. It won’t last, I thought. At 17, she got pregnant, and I […]

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How Giuliani’s Third Marriage Imploded Very Publicly

Weather: Skies should be clear, and the high will reach the mid-70s. Tonight the temperature will dip below 60. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sept. 30 (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditJohn Locher/Associated Press When Rudy Giuliani wanted to divorce his second wife, he announced it at a news conference in Bryant Park — which is how she […]

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New Hope, New Pain, Same Old Divorce

One of the last things I did before leaving the home we had made together was pull the five-foot portrait of our faces out of the closet. What is one supposed to do with oversized portraiture in the event of adversity? The picture was a gift, bestowed by network executives when we became the first […]

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Child Support vs. Deadbeat States

Second of three articles In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families. Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate. The first thing to know: If you are a custodial parent (a […]

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Missing Connecticut Mom: Husband’s Girlfriend Accused of Inventing Alibi

Long before Jennifer Dulos went missing from her home in an affluent Connecticut suburb, her estranged husband’s girlfriend, Michelle C. Troconis, had moved into the Dulos home and had become ensnared in the couple’s turbulent divorce battle. When Ms. Dulos disappeared more than three months ago, her husband, Fotis Dulos, 52, became a target of […]

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7 of Your Most Burning Questions on Social Security (With Answers)

People have lots of questions about Social Security: Will it still be around when I retire? How much will I get? How does the spousal benefit work? That’s not surprising. No government program is more important to so many Americans. This year, Social Security is expected to pay $1.1 trillion to 69 million recipients of […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Green Goddess’ Rolls-Royce on the Auction Block

In the divorce, the ex-wife got the car. More than 40 years later, the ex-husband was apparently still carrying a torch — for the Rolls-Royce. It was no ordinary car. And they were no ordinary couple. The ex-wife was the much-married Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. The ex-husband was the pop singer Eddie Fisher. The car […]

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Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai’s Ruler, Seeks Protective Order

LONDON — The estranged sixth wife of the ruler of Dubai asked a London court on Tuesday to protect her child from being forced into marriage, escalating a standoff within one of the world’s wealthiest royal families that has so far been cloaked in secrecy. The wife, Princess Haya, fled with the couple’s 11-year-old daughter […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Will You Please Forgive Me?’

Second Time at the Hitching Post Almost 50 years ago, Sue and I hurriedly married to avoid the embarrassment of being unwed parents in seven months. The ceremony remains a blur but the declaration of “Until death do us part” was unforgettable. Five years and two children later, we divorced. A few months ago, I […]

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A Prosperous China Says ‘Men Preferred,’ and Women Lose

TIANJIN, China — Bella Wang barely noticed the section on the application inquiring whether she was married or had children. Employers in China routinely ask women such questions, and she had encountered them before in job interviews. It was a surprise, though, after she accepted a position as a manager at the company, a big […]

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American Woman Loses Custody Battle for Daughter in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Bethany Vierra didn’t think she was asking for much. First, she wanted a divorce from a husband whom she described as abusive. Then she wanted to secure custody of her 4-year-old daughter, Zeina. Then she wanted a court order to receive child support from her ex-husband, a businessman. But as an American […]

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Gay and Once Divorced, a Canadian Rabbi Broadens Judaism’s Tent

MONTREAL — When Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, the first openly gay rabbi of a large synagogue in Canada, was preparing to begin rabbinical school, she faced a daunting choice: love or serving God. Her world was suddenly turned upside down in the late 1990s while she was studying religion at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, and […]

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Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai’s Ruler, Seeks Refuge in London

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Few world leaders are known to write poetry. Fewer still offer it up for public consumption. And almost none record their marital breakups in verse on their personal websites. Then there is the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who has been publishing his romantic anguish online, in Arabic and […]

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With Mandate From India’s Voters, Modi Must Deliver on Economy

NEW DELHI — Now it is time for the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, to start delivering on the promises he did not make in his re-election campaign, which last month ended in a landslide victory. On Thursday, his new administration will announce its most urgent priorities for his second term. But the issues expected […]

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