Interviewing Danny Bonaduce: Part 1 – Get a Fair Shake?

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One the first Wednesday of each month, our founding partner, Rick Jones stops by The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show to take questions from callers on all aspects of family law.
Normally Rick and Danny are the ones who take questions from callers, but we thought it would be fun to switch things up a bit.
So today we asked Danny Bonaduce for his unique perspective on some of our own family law questions. He has a lot of experience in this area.
A Little Background on Danny:

  • Married Setsuko Hattori: 1985 – 1988
  • Married Gretchen Hillmer: Met in 1990, married several weeks later. Had 2 children. Divorced 2008.
  • Married Amy Railsback: 2010 – Couldn’t be happier!

Do You Think You Got A Fair Shake?

Mary Beth: “Given your experience in family law, I might call you a non-practicing divorce expert. And given that our firm focuses on the rights of men, I have to ask, do you think you were given fair shake [as a man]? Or did it ever feel like the proverbial deck was stacked against you?

Danny: I don’t know. I feel like my first marriage was the magic of convenience. We just got divorced later on, she got a green-card, and everybody was happy. 

“My second marriage, you know it started under odd circumstances. After ten, 12, 15 years it seemed like the real deal. We got two kids, and things like that. And when it all fell apart, I hired a lawyer in Los Angeles.

“I don’t know if I feel I didn’t get a fair shake because I’m a guy. I don’t know if I feel I didn’t get a fair shake because I didn’t get appropriate instructions, or I didn’t get a fair shake because that’s just the way that cookie crumbles. But I will tell you, I’m not mad at anybody except my ex-wife and she actually didn’t do anything wrong. I do feel like I got a fair shake. I do.

“I hired competent representation, I just didn’t give them clear things for my goals. I said, just get it done. That was probably my fault.” 

Mary Beth: “Do you think it had anything to do with who you are?”

Danny: ” I think that it would have. But see THAT’S the thing. You can get a judge who’s going to say, ‘Ooh, I love the Partridge Family;’ that judge is probably going to be about 85-years-old.

“Or, you could get a judge that says, ‘Didn’t I see you on a thing, Breaking Bonaduce? Oh that’s right, you’re a horrible person. I’m ruling against you without hearing anything.’ You can say, sometimes being a recognizable celebrity, I’m high on the B-list. But [even] on the B-list, it can still work against you. When I was still adorable, some things worked on my behalf.”

Mary Beth:So…pretty much before VH1...”

Related Reading: Part 2 – Prenups And Postnups
Related Reading: Part 3 – Paying Child Support And Alimony
Related Reading: Part 4 – Anything to Add?

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