Florida bill seeks to ban ‘foreign’ family law

April 4, 2013 1 comment

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A draft bill currently proceeding through the Florida Senate could prohibit the application of foreign law in family cases across the state. If passed into statute, Senate Bill 58 – Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases – would make legal rulings by foreign bodies “void and unenforceable” in Florida if they did not “grant…

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US family lawyers contemplate huge divorce settlement

March 23, 2013 1 comment

The wife of one of the wealthiest businessmen in the United States is facing a substantial divorce settlement, Reuters reports. Sue Ann Hamm is the second wife of Harold G Hamm, the 67 year-old founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Resources, a major oil firm based in Oklahoma City. With an estimated net…

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Wife of US millionaire has pre-nuptial agreement torn up

March 12, 2013 4 comments

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The estranged wife of a US millionaire has persuaded a court to throw out the prenuptial agreement she signed prior her wedding in 1998. Elizabeth Cioffi-Petrakis claimed her husband, a property developer on Long Island, coerced her into signing the agreement four days before the wedding. An appeal court in Brooklyn has now upheld an…

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Actress and mathematician Danica McKellar completes divorce

February 25, 2013 0 comments

US actress and mathematician Danica McKellar has finalised her divorce from husband Mike Verta. The 38 year-old filed for divorce in June last year, citing irreconcilable differences, and a court has now granted the divorce, ending their three year marriage, according to a report on celebrity site TMZ. The couple have a two year old…

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US woman fails to obtain divorce injunction

February 14, 2013 1 comment

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A US citizen living in London has failed in her bid to obtain a temporary injunction to prevent her estranged husband from pursuing divorce proceedings in the US. In the case of T v T the couple, both US citizens, had married in an unspecified state before relocating to London, where they were given indefinite…

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A 2012 review: part three

December 29, 2012 0 comments

As summer arrived so did the inspiration for numerous blog posts on subjects from celebrity divorce to polygamy. Below are some blog highlights from the summer months. July In July I looked forward to the Olympics as Leeds played host to the Chinese Olympic team. I also reflected on the decrease in divorce rates and…

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