Lawyers Chronicle Cases In Book About Worldwide Divorce Law

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


In the 20-plus years that Edward Nusbaum and Thomas Parrino have operated their Westport divorce practice, the two have witnessed just about every scenario that crops up when a marriage ends.

Among the twists and turns the founding partners of four-lawyer Nusbaum & Parrino have encountered are record-high alimony awards and recovery of marital assets hidden in offshore accounts.

The pair never considered chronicling their war stories, but two months ago they were published in an international volume of comparative family law.

"It was an honor because we were the only Connecticut law firm that was asked to participate," Parrino said.

The attorneys coauthored a 16-page chapter on the state's family law in a new international reference book titled "Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons," second edition 2013.

They got involved in the project after being contacted by the book's editor, London-based barrister James Stewart, who made a name for himself handling high-profile international divorces. Among Stewart's claims to fame is his handling of the 2001 divorce of Roger Waters, a founding member of the rock band Pink Floyd.

Nusbaum said that Stewart "was great to work with. He found that our names came up in four cases that he wanted to include in the book, so that's how we got involved."

The goal is to provide lawyers with background knowledge on how divorce laws vary from country to country and state to state. The book covers 46 jurisdictions across the globe, including eight U.S. states. In addition to Connecticut, there are chapters on divorce laws in New York, California, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

The book focuses on finances, cohabitation and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, among other topics.

"The editor indicated to us that because there has been a rise in transnational marriages, and the growth of divorce cases with international dimensions and implications, it is important for family lawyers to have this resource available to them to understand the laws of different jurisdictions," Parrino said.

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