NEW YORK: This Week's Divorce Round up….

1. Robert Rosenkranz, head of $ billion insurance holding company Delphi Financial Group, is being sued by ex paramour Katherine Nelson. In the suit, Ms. Nelson claims she signed a one page “silence agreement” that basically forbade her to stalk his family – or him – for $100,000 in consideration. It is not absolutely clear why he had her sign this document since they continued to boink. But then, not only did he fail to leave his wife, Miss Nelson caught him with another woman. So now she is suing for “unspecified damages” acccording to the New York Post. It is not intuitively clear what damages she feels she incurred here and whether she even has standing to sue this guy for a darned thing. But maybe it’s just me.
2. Also according to the Post, Deborah Karlstein v Debra Lee Goldsmith is an epic battle between a first wife and second wife over the estate of their former husband who died in 2013. The second wife who happens to be Asian and who, acccording to the Post, married the deceased on his death bed, sued first wife, who happened to be Jewish, for $160,000. Second wife claims the sum is due her as heir to her post mortem husband’s wealth. This modest sum in dispute was the husband’s share of the value of the West 72nd Street Apartment he shared with first wife, Madame Karlstein. This does raise an interesting question: Is equitable distribution transferrable? Or does the duty to turn over this asset get extinguished with the death of the spouse? It seems a little bit crazy, if not unfair, that wife number one would have to pay wife number two equitable distribution – which is essentially the net result if the second wife wins the case. Wife number two was not in privity to this original marital contract between her deceased husband and his first wife. Thus, while it might be fair and equitable to order  spouses to share the marital assets, it feels icky to extend this right, privilege and obligation to a third party who was not a party to that marital contract- even if this third party later enters a marital contract with one of the former spouses. What is the law on this? It seems a really interesting question.
3.  The last story of interest this week appeared on Huffington Post which ran a report that a new Gallop Poll found that separation is worse than  divorce as far as the stress levels it invokes on victims. The researchers surveyed 131,159 U.S. adults and the separated subjects reported that they experienced more stress than those who were married or divorced. This is interesting. I wonder  why this might be? Maybe it is the uncertainty; the failure to tie up loose ends? Sais pas. But certainly worth noting.