Robert Frost on financial discovery.

by Marie on December 17, 2013

Baby looking at huge piggy bank

Baby contemplating financial matters.

In the “discovery” phase of a divorce, lawyers often depose their client’s spouses. Lawyers ask in great detail how the spouse spent their money over the past few years. Most people don’t know what they did with their money last week, let alone last year.

So, I had to laugh when I read this poem by Robert Frost from “The Hardship of Accounting” (1936):

Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent.

Gay marriage: Could this happen to us?

by Marie on November 11, 2013

(This was my first post for this blog in February 2008. I am dusting it off in honor of the passage of the marriage equality legislation in Illinois.)

The Daily Show has a hilarious take on what same-sex marriage has done for Massachusetts. One year after same-sex marriage was legalized, Massachusetts ranks:

  • 50th in illiteracy
  • 48th in per capita poverty
  • 49th in number of divorces.

For information about what a marriage really is, please see my post What is a marriage?

My client’s testimony made the news!

by Marie on February 13, 2013

Girl playing can phone

Girl with communication device.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the Wall Street Journal and the American Bar Association Journal reported on my divorcing client’s Skype testimony.

Last week, at Chicago’s Daley Center, a judge ruled in my client’s favor by granting an extension to a previous order of protection. The only witness at the hearing was my 72 year-old bed-bound client. He testified from his home through Skype using his laptop.

In the courtroom, the clerk swore in my client through my iPad and we saw him testify through the iPad.

As far as I know, this is the first time in Illinois that a litigant has testified through Skype. [click to continue…]

Couple separates after 115 years

by Marie on June 13, 2012

Bibi and Poldi, two giant tortoises who have been together since their birth in 1897, called it quits on their relationship this year. The relationship had survived 115 years, a move from Switzerland to Austria, and 300 children (ages 16-85). [click to continue…]

How can a CPA help my divorce?

by Grant on April 25, 2012

The complex situation of a divorce is never easy, and most couples will seek out a legal firm that can help them reduce the anxiety and stress that naturally result. A divorce involves the litigation process, the dividing of assets and taxation of investments. While a divorce attorney may specialize in both out-of-court settlements and lawsuits when necessary, a CPA’s assistance is often necessary for the proper dividing of substantial assets and issues related to taxation. Those who are in a divorce that will involve substantial assets and taxation issues should seriously consider working with a CPA. [click to continue…]