Other Writing by Margaret Klaw
Co-Sleeping Collides With Custody Battles
The Strange Secret Divorce Lawyers Share
Three Ways to Protect Yourself in a Divorce
Trial By Night
Gay divorce, the next frontier
‘I Lost Christmas In The Divorce’
The Wall: Lessons From a Family Lawyer
Attached at the Hip
My Husband Controls the Money! (And Other Marriage Mistakes Women Make)
How Can Divorce Lawyers Face Off Against Their Friends?
Same-sex marriage needs same-sex divorce
In my line of work, January is a busy time, and it’s sure to involve tears.
And Baby Makes Four
View From the Dark Side
Hillz: Letter To My Millennial Daughters On The Occasion Of The Morning After
Recognizing Gay Divorce Equality
Why Modern Married Women NEED A Plan B
Rick Santorum, Karl Marx and Child Support
The Thing Divorce Lawyers Hate Most About Your Divorce
What I Learned When I Walked In My Client’s Shoes
Guns in the Family
Why Do Divorced Parents Fight Over Christmas?
10 Steps To A Good Divorce
The Right Result
Permission to Divorce
On Monday, May 5th, I was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court. I wish I could say it was because one of my cases is headed there and I needed to get admitted in order to argue before the Justices, but that’s not the reason. Here’s why I decided to do it: It’s...
I wrote a book. It was released this week. I feel like I’ve traveled to another country. Except for brief stints as a waitress, housepainter, office temp, and counselor at a battered women’s shelter, I’ve been a lawyer my whole working life. I have a vocabulary and a...
I’m a closet country music fan. No one suspects me. I’m thoroughly urban, born and raised in Manhattan, transplanted to Philly. I’m not religious. I’ve never driven a pick-up truck. Or worn cowboy boots. But ever since my husband put...
What makes a parent? Should the answer be determined by biology or nurture? And what about the overlay of race or ethnicity–should that play into the mix? The U.S. Supreme Court is tussling with these thorny questions in a case involving the adoption of a...
During a recent trip to Europe, German friends who have a new baby made reference to the fact that gender-ambiguous names are “not allowed” in Germany unless a second name is added which clarifies the gender. What do you mean “not allowed,” I asked? You know, the...
I was sitting in court yesterday, thinking about the incredible waste of time, money and resources one little lie can cause. My client has custody of his teenage daughter. She decided, as teenagers will, that life at her Mom’s house was more exciting, so she went...
Just when I thought I had handled cases involving every possible riff on the concept of marriage, I found out I’m wrong. To date, I’ve missed polyamory. Or at least the open, admitted-to variety. I’ve certainly heard from clients about affairs which are ongoing and...
If you’re interested in knowing how much money people make and how they spend it, you’d love my job. I’m an expert on what people in different professions earn, and I have an easy familiarity with the borrowing and spending habits of my fellow...
A woman called me the other day who wants to get divorced. Which initially sounded fine, since that’s what I do. But upon further discussion, turns out it’s not fine. Turns out I can’t get her divorced and neither can anyone else: she’s stuck in a marriage that she...
It’s like a dance. I know the rhythm and the moves. It goes like this: I suggest a settlement proposal to my client. Let’s call him Guy and let’s say I recommend we make the following proposal: Guy’s wife gets the house, Guy keeps his 401k, and Guy pays Mrs. Guy...
As an unofficial expert in the field of matrimony, I have come to believe that I, unlike many of my clients, am good at being married. I should know – I have two spouses. One is my husband, whom I met on my first day of college and have been married to for 28...
I love looking back over the years (decades!) I’ve been practicing family law and thinking about all the clients whose lives I’ve touched and vice versa. Some lightly, some intensely. There’s a very rich texture to my professional life, filled with knowing so many...
In the deep trough of a Brooklyn night
my grandbaby finally sleeps
beating heart to beating heart
lulled by a whisper: crimson and clover, over and over, over and over
the skinny cat slips by
an upstairs tenant leaves for work
the fat cat heaves and purrs, hungry for breakfast, hungry for the times before
in the next room, my daughter sleeps
I feel her dreaming
the sun around which we orbit