Tag: Divorce, Separations and Annulments

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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A Dad by Any Other Name

After the divorce, my daughter Marisa started calling me Bill. “It’s Dad,” I’d hiss through clenched teeth, smiling at the checkout clerk and miming a kids these days expression. “O.K., Bill,” she’d reply and walk off, coolly aloof, as only an offended 14-year-old girl can be. Initially, I attempted to ignore this change. One, I […]

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Inside the Turbulent Marriage of the Missing Connecticut Mother of 5

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] He threatened to kidnap their children and take them overseas, she said. She threatened to have the mafia break his legs, he countered. He drove an S.U.V. toward her, swerving away at the last minute, she said. She had […]

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A 40-Something Looks Back at ‘Thirtysomething’

You will never believe how I grew up. My mother, truly out of nowhere, became religious when I was 12. Not just regular religious, lighting Shabbat candles and forgoing pork, but truly Orthodox. Mega-Orthodox. Ultra-Orthodox. She and my father had divorced six years before, and now we lived in Brooklyn, in what was called Flatbush […]

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Mystery in a Wealthy Town: She Dropped Off Her Children, Then Went Missing

Last Friday, as she had many times before, Jennifer Dulos dropped her five children off at school. She left her house in New Canaan, Conn., where she and her family had moved during a turbulent divorce battle with her husband, and drove less than a mile to a private school, the police said. She has […]

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Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Ease Divorce Restrictions

DUBLIN — Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to ease restrictions on divorce, taking another step toward liberalizing a Constitution that was once dominated by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Official figures released this weekend showed that 82 percent of voters in referendum on Friday approved the change, with all areas of the country voting […]

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