Law: Second Thoughts About No-Fault

Simplified divorce raises a new set of problems

Two months after obtaining his license to practice medicine in 1980, Michael O'Brien sued to divorce his wife Loretta, who had worked to support them both while he studied and trained to be a doctor. The New York State Court of Appeals has now decided that the medical license earned by O'Brien during his marriage is "marital property" and that his ex-wife is entitled to a portion of it--a share that one lower court calculated to be worth $188,800. The court noted that Loretta O'Brien had sacrificed her educational and career opportunities to further those of her husband, now a resident...

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