Marc Shapiro February 2019

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When you’re untying the knot, it’s important to be specific about the assets you hope to walk away with. These three over- the-top divorce settlements are good examples of what not to do when dissolving your marriage. You’ve Got to Be Kidney Me Back in 2001, Dr. Richard Batista donated his kidney to his ailing wife, Dawnell, to save her life. Sweet, right? It was — until Dawnell filed for divorce in 2005 and Dr. Batista demanded she give back his kidney or compensate him for $1.5 million in damages. In the end, his request was thrown out in court because the kidney was a gift — and because removing it would be potentially fatal to his ex-spouse. 3 Times the Division of Assets Got Out of Control

If you have been injured in a vehicle accident, it doesn’t matter if you were hit by a car, a motorcycle, or a semitruck; your injuries are painful and deserve proper care and attention. However, your legal case to get that care may differ depending on whether you were involved in a car accident or a truck accident. Trucking accidents are far more complicated than cases involving other motor vehicles.

Your Injuries May Be Worse Semitrucks can weigh well over 10,000 pounds, and the damage caused by these massive vehicles is often far worse than injuries caused by smaller car accidents. Survivors of trucking accidents often struggle with brain damage, paralysis, psychological trauma, and other permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives. In addition to the extensive medical care required immediately following the accident, these conditions also demand decades of ongoing care. It is important that whatever compensation you get from your case covers these costs. It May Be Hard to Identify Who Is Responsible

In a trucking accident, those responsible may or may not have been behind the wheel. Did the truck driver behave negligently? Did the


A Life Rent in Two When Moeun Sarim and Vat Navy decided to divorce after 18 years of marriage, Moeun apparently decided that, to keep the split equitable, he and his wife should divide their assets in half — literally. Moeun and his relatives cut the home down the middle, dismantled his portion, and hauled it away. Vat’s half was left standing with one wall missing. ‘Here, My Dear’ In the divorce agreement between the late Marvin Gaye and his ex, Anna Gordy, it was decided that Anna would be paid from the royalties of Gaye’s next album since he had gone broke from his lavish spending. At first, Gaye decided he’d phone in the production, but he quickly discovered an opportunity to make a unique artistic statement: “I’ll give her my next album, but it’ll be something she won’t want to play and it’ll be something she won’t want the world to hear because I’m gonna tell the world the truth.” In the end, the album was a commercial flop, though critics continue to praise its raw, emotional core.

This Italian favorite makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. It’s easy to whip up and will make the holiday feel extra special.


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6 egg yolks

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2 teaspoons dark rum 24 packaged ladyfingers 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish

3 tablespoons sugar 1 pound mascarpone cheese

1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled

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