How many times have you driven past that old pink house on your way out to Plum Island and wondered what it’s all about? There’s something about that house that just sets the tone as it whisks by the car. It’s kind of eerie looking. Kind of beat up by the weather over the years. It certainly seems like it’s in an odd place. I used to live out on the island and like many of us, still frequent the great natural space out there. That house just seems to catch my eye every time I come around that bend. Is it the remnant of a lovely estate? Maybe a millionaire who just had to be by the airport but not too far from the beach?
Nope. It turns out, as I never would have imagined, that the only thing it’s a remnant of is a spiteful divorce from 1925! What?? How is that possible? But it is as I learned from Amanda Hoover’s Boston.com article this morning. And as a Newburyport divorce lawyer, I must say, I’m intrigued. As Amanda’s story explained, the house is the centerpiece of a poorly drafted divorce separation agreement which required the Husband to build the Wife with an exactly replica of their downtown Newburyport marital home. The only problems is that the agreement didn’t say where it had to be built. . . oops. Read more about this story and why good drafting is critical in any divorce here on my Newburport Divorce Blog.
Photo by Karen Lynch.