Using celebrity cases as illustrations, President of Family Wealth for the Eastern U.S. Region, Sharon Klein, discusses the lessons learned from celebrity divorce mishaps with Family Lawyer magazine publisher Dan Couvrette. Sharon is joined by Nancy Chemtob, a leading family law attorney in New York City.
Sharon Klein shares her insights in this article originally published on June 8, 2021, in Divorce Law magazine.When billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, a media frenzy ensued over news, including how their stunning level of wealth would be divided.Although the complications of divorce are magnified with the breakup of this power couple, their divorce underscores many important lessons that couples generally are well-advised to heed.
For nontraditional families, planning remains more important than ever.Planning for same-sex marriage and strategies for “nontraditional” and blended families are explored.Advances in reproductive technology are creating once unimaginable questions regarding inheritance rights and have given rise to a new area of law: posthumous birth laws.