Family Law for Real Housewives

I work as a divorce attorney at a mid-size firm in New York City. In the Chrysler Building to be exact.

Divorce is one of the most difficult life events a person may go through. It’s ranked right up there with death. And so work, while very rewarding helping individuals navigate through a tough time, can also be very stressful.

Cue the Real Housewives. I’m a major fan. Huge. Somehow, despite my busy schedule, I make time to watch the show religiously. And I mean, every city. Even Dallas and Potomac.

It is a great escape from my real non-housewife life. A premium way to unwind. Luann stumbling into the bushes. Dorinda making everything nice and clipping it. Erika patting the puss. Teresa flipping a table. Vicki whooping it up.  Lydia’s mom sprinkling fairy dust on everyone she meets.

But it also, at its best, delves into real issues that real women face. Case in point, how many housewives are even housewives at this point? We’ve seen so many through divorce. This is reflective of the fact that divorce rates remain very high. About 40% of first marriages, and over 60% and 70% of second and third marriages, end in divorce.

And with Luann’s fall from, “I’ve got the yacht,” to filing for divorce 7 months later, I thought maybe it’s time to meld the two things I know well – divorce law topics ripped from Real Housewives headlines.

This blog will address legal issues such as, can you erase a parent? What happens in terms of dollars and cents when a spouse commits adultery? The prevalence of domestic violence, even among strong women like Sheree and Kenya. Why did Phaedra’s divorce take so long? Who gets the penthouse?

I hope through this series you can learn the answers to some family law questions raised from the show. And maybe even learn a thing or two that you can put to use in your own real life.

Stay tuned for the next edition, Is It About Tom?

Rebecca A. Provder, Esq. is a partner in the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group at Moses & Singer LLP, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10174, 212-554-7628,

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