When Art Imitates Divorce: The Splitting of An Art Fortune Has Lessons for The Rest of Us 

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An acrimonious divorce resulted in a recording-setting art auction for Sotheby’s when the “Macklowe Collection” garnered $676.1 million in sales this past Monday.

The blue-chip art collection, including pieces by Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, was acquired by real estate magnate Harry and Linda Marlowe, a board member at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, over the course of their 50-year marriage. 

The collection was a source of great pride for the couple. During their divorce, however, the amassed art turned into a source of heated conflict as both spouses dug in on asset division. Linda wanted to keep the collection intact, but Harry disagreed. Neither spouse could agree to a value on the collection. After wrangling over the art for three years, a judge finally ordered the pair to sell off everything and split the proceeds. 

As  the NYPost reported: 

[Insider Vicky] Ward told The Post, “The art collection was what bonded Harry and Linda. If there had been no art collection they would have never stayed together. Harry absolutely respected her eye.”

But, Ward added, “This was the toxic marriage from hell. The level of vitriol, but at the same time this extraordinary bond, was there. They needed each other and they destroyed each other.”

Ward maintained that Linda wanted to keep the collection together, even after the divorce, and Harry pressed to break it up because “she forced him to sell the General Motors Building, which symbolized the apex of his career. This auction is the ultimate tit for tat.”

Do you have a collection — of art, wine, antiques, or even Beanie Babies — that’s a sore spot in your divorce? Here are three takeaways from the Macklowe divorce and art collection sell off that can help maintain perspective when dividing collection with high value and sentimentality. Read more

Inspired by Adele: Divorced Parents Should Take It Easy On Themselves Too

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Are you beating yourself up for getting divorced? Feeling guilty for dragging your kids through so many changes? Take a cue from singer Adele, who wrote her new song Easy On Me to help her son understand the reasons for her divorce and to ask him to forgive her for upending his life. Here, the singer talks about her motivation:

“I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness,” Adele told British Vogue in a recent interview. “It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”

Are you hiding onto to lots of guilt and shame in your divorce? Learn how to “take it easy” on yourself with these tips for reframing how you think about divorce. Read more

2021 Holiday Tips For Divorced Co-Parents 

After last year’s socially distanced holidays, 2021 is seeing the return of in-person family gatherings, holiday travel and even Black Friday shopping crowds. Is your holiday parenting time plan ready for this year’s return to “somewhat normal”? Here are some key tips for divorced parents to share special time with their children this holiday season. (And a few bonus tips for other holiday-related issues that may pop up!)

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When one spouse feels at an economic disadvantage in divorce, they often want to know whether the courts can make their higher earning spouse pay their attorney fees. Fortunately in New Jersey, one spouse paying for the other’s divorce attorney is a possibility, so long as the courts find certain factors present.

Let’s take a look at the law around this and how it could apply to your situation. Read more

Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group Honored By “Best Law Firms” Ranking for 2022

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Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group is honored to announce the firm’s inclusion in the U.S. News rankings of Best Law Firms in New Jersey for 2022. The Best Law Firms designation is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client evaluations and peer reviews from other attorneys in the field.

“We are thrilled to have our work safeguarding our family law clients recognized with this ranking from both our legal peers and our clients,” said Bari Weinberger, our firm’s founder and managing partner.

To be eligible for inclusion in Best Law Firms, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, a peer selection process that honors a small percentage of attorneys nationwide. Bari Weinberger and Robyn Howlett, both certified matrimonial attorneys and family law experts, have been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America for multiple years. Final selections for Best Law Firms include client surveys. 

Our firm additionally qualified to Best Law Firms tiered list of law firms. Receiving a tier designation reflects the highest level of respect a law firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group’s Best Law Firms Tier 3 ranking applies to regional firms outside a major metropolitan area.

“We are humbled by this honor of Best Law Firm. Like other awards and accolades our firm has received, it confirms for us our drive to provide the highest level of family law legal representation available anywhere as we safeguard our clients in their divorce and family matters,” Bari confirmed.   

Ready to experience the Weinberger difference? Get help in your legal matter by scheduling a strategy session with one our trusted family law specialist attorneys. Call us today at 888-888-0919, or please click the green button below. 

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Can You And Your Ex Make A ‘Nesting’ Custody Arrangement Work?

nesting custodyNow that you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you need to determine which custody arrangement makes the most sense for your family, while providing stability for your children. If your co-parenting relationship is amicable, you may want to consider the child-centered approach “nesting.”  Read more

Non-Disclosure Agreements: Should Your Divorce Include An NDA? 

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A non-disclosure or non-disparagement agreement (NDA) is a set of agreed upon rules that spell out what each party to the agreement can and can’t say publicly about each other. This includes public criticism and the airing of certain private details. 

It’s been common for decades in celebrity marriages for spouses to enter into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in the event of a divorce as a way to limit negative press coverage and preserve reputations. 

In the social media age we now find ourselves in, however, an NDA may be a good idea for almost any divorcing couple. Read more

4 Lines To Never Let Your Spouse Cross in Divorce

divorcing a high-conflict exVirtually all divorces have some degree of conflict, but some generate so much chaos that life becomes unmanageable. High-conflict personalities behave in extreme ways and some believe that rules simply don’t apply to them. Read on to learn the four lines never to let your spouse cross in divorce — and how to respond to unacceptable behavior. Read more

How To Tell Your Narcissist Spouse That You Want A Divorce

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Do you feel like you’re constantly tiptoeing over eggshells in your marriage to a narcissist? Then get ready for some seriously fancy footwork when you tell your spouse you want a divorce. While you may be tempted to unload years worth of grievances, or let your spouse know just how hurt you are by serving them in public, don’t act until you consider the consequences. Read more

Finding The Right Divorce Attorney Starts With The Right Kind Of Consultation

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Safeguarding your assets, your time with your children, and the shape of your future are life-critical issues that will be decided in your divorce. When the attorney you hire is a mismatch, your divorce — and all your goals — may end up derailed. 

Simply put, hiring the wrong attorney is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in divorce. However, finding the right attorney can feel like overwhelming and confusing task. With so many attorneys to choose from, how can you be sure you’re not walking into a trap?

The first step in finding an attorney to represent you in your divorce is scheduling a consultation. Some attorneys and firms routinely charge for this initial meeting; others may offer a free consultation. What’s the difference between a free and paid consultation — and which one is best for your needs?

Here are 5 important points to consider.

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