Divorce and Family Law Partner Morgan L. Stogsdill Outlines How Republican Tax Proposal Seeks to Eliminate Alimony Deductions

PROPOSED REPUBLICAN TAX LEGISLATION, THE “TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT,” WILL ELIMINATE ALIMONY (MAINTENANCE) DEDUCTIONS, THROWING DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS AND FINANCIAL NEGOTIATIONS INTO UPHEAVAL.        Proposal by GOP: On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled H.R.1, better known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” While both the House and

John M. D’Arco, A Divorce Lawyer Who Puts Out All Types of Fires

One of Chicago’s most successful divorce and family law attorneys, John M. D’Arco, almost put out different kinds of house fires than he typically puts out today. D’Arco, a partner at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, passed the Chicago firefighters test while a student at John Marshall Law School and had been accepted into the

Firm Co-Founder Miles Beermann Shares His Story as Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP Approaches 60th Anniversary

The word retirement is not in Miles Beermann’s vocabulary. His firm has come a long way since it began as a modest storefront business at 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park – operating out of founding partner Nathan Swerdlove’s father’s sewing machine business. Swerdlove’s mother, Bessie, sold needles, machine oil and other products while

Beermann co-sponsors Netjets Evening of Refinement Event

Beermann co-sponsors Netjet’s evening of Refinement event at the Chicago Executive Airport along with HeliFlight and Louis XIII.  Clients interested in air fleets participated in the extraordinary event and viewed aircrafts from the world’s finest fleet along with music, entertainment, Louis XIII tastings and cuisine from favorite chefs. Featured in photos: Divorce and Family Law

Beermann Divorce and Family Law Partner Beth McCormack’s Mission Is to Help Domestic Violence Victims

Beth McCormack will never forget the client who was chained to her front porch like a dog with a collar around her neck by her husband. “She was rescued by a neighbor,” said McCormack, a Partner at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP who has spent most of her adult life trying to help domestic violence

Divorce and Family Law Partner, Katy Homburger Mickelson is featured in the ABA Journal

It’s 6:30 p.m. and I’m walking from my office, head buried in my phone as I try to get one last email out. As I pass by an outdoor patio populated by suits, I happen to spy a judge in my division enjoying a chilled chardonnay with a fellow colleague. Waving as I pass by,

Adoption to the Court Room –Family Law Lawyer James M. Quigley Shares Experiences of his Adoption

Chicago Family Law attorney James M. Quigley clings to the hope that he will one day find the brother he has never met. He believes it will happen as Quigley, who was adopted at 4 months, already has reconnected with his biological mother and father, thanks to a remarkable set of circumstances and the sheer

El Torero

For more than four decades, James B. Pritikin wanted to fight bulls in the ring. While an undergrad at the University of Illinois, he watched bullfights broadcasted on TV from Mexico City. As the years passed, from DePaul University College of Law, marriage, family and becoming a Divorce and Family Law Partner at Beerman Pritikin

Two Women, Two Children, and One Pride Parade

Aubrey J. Parker (left) and her wife, Ellen, already know how they’ll be dressing their young children, Owen and Alec, for the June 25th Pride Parade. “They both will be in some nice rainbow gear,” said Aubrey, a divorce and family law attorney at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP. Aubrey said the parade is a

First Comes Love, Then Comes House: When to Consult a Divorce Attorney Absent Plans to Marry

A 2013 marriage and home buying study by Coldwell Banker found that approximately 1 in 4 married millennials (24% of U.S. adults ages 18-34) purchased their first home together with their current spouse before they were married. In my experience, that trend isn’t slowing down as people marry at older ages and invest beforehand, as

Do You Collect the Personal Information of Illinois Residents? If So, Read On

It seems that every other month we wake up to a news story outlining the details of a massive personal information breach. These breaches of information leave enormous amounts of personal and sensitive information at risk. As the world we live in becomes more mobile and electronic, the risk to our personal information is ever

How Much Information is Too Much?

Chances are that if you’re a business operating in today’s world, your average customer no longer pays with cash, but instead uses a credit or debit card. This means that on any given day you are using some sort of terminal to print receipts for your customers. More than likely, those receipts are briefly reviewed

The Election of Trump—What It Means For LGBTQ Individuals and Families, and How to Protect Yourselves

For many, myself, my wife, and my son included, the recent election of Donald Trump as President Elect of the United States has brought uncertainty as to what the future will look like.  Donald Trump has threatened to undo crucial protections for LGBTQ people and their families in the United States, stating that he would

Determining Control Over Frozen Embyros During Dissolution of Marriage

In re Marriage of [husband and wife]; [Wife] represented by Partner Thomas T. Field and Associate Grace M. Doherty In a case of first impression, In re Marriage of [husband and wife] is the first case in Illinois which decides the ownership of frozen embryos where the parties are married. This matter revolves around a

Angelina Jolie Versus Brad Pitt…What You Didn’t Know About Celebrity Divorces

In my almost 25 years of practice as a divorce and family law attorney, I have had the distinct pleasure of representing a number of celebrities, athletes and other individuals in the public eye.  Through those experiences, I have discovered the truth about celebrity divorces… and the truth is – they are no different than

Brangelina: Allegations of Abuse at On-Set of Divorce

“Brangelina” divorce is off to an all too common start. Rumors are swirling of an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”) against Brad [Pitt] for alleged verbal and physical abuse of their six children, resulting in countless news articles including “How Angelina Jolie Won the First Big Battle in Her Divorce”[i].

Entering a Bifurcated Judgment When One Party has a Terminal Illness

Section 401 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) states that the court shall enter a judgment for dissolution that reserves issues either upon (i) agreement of the parties, or (ii) motion of either party and a finding by the court that appropriate circumstances exist.  It further states that the death of

Reduction of Child Support Payments

Many of my clients ask me how they can lower their monthly child support payments.  Modification of child support payments whether temporary or permanent, may only be realized when one of the parents seeks modification of the existing child support order.  In Illinois, you have to start with filing a petition to modify child support. 

Coming Soon to a Bank Near You: The Divorce Mortgage

This week in Forbes online, Richard Eisenberg wrote an article about the “Divorce Mortgage”, a new financial product that is available in Europe and could potentially be coming to the United States.  Please click here to view the article. The idea behind the Divorce Mortgage is that it will allow a homeowner to borrow against

A Frivolous Lawsuit Was Just Filed Against My Business. What Do I Do Now?

Unfortunately, defending frivolous lawsuits may be a necessary part of doing business. After your company has been served with a copy of the complaint and you have determined whether there is applicable insurance covering the suit, your attorneys will evaluate the case to determine whether there is a basis to move to dismiss the suit

Fear Not: Your Divorce Can Be Kept Confidential

On top of all the emotional and psychological angst that the divorce process causes, a client’s fear that confidentiality and privacy will be “breached” no doubt ranks as one of the highest concerns of parties who go through the litigation process. That we as practitioners are strictly bound by attorney-client privilege by the Rules of

Chicago’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance- What It Means for Tenants and Landlords

The residential rental market in Chicago has skyrocketed over the last several years, and even with thousands of new rental units slated to be built this year, experts are not predicting a significant decline in the cost to rent an apartment. This is a strain on the budgets of renters for sure, but for landlords

Beermann secures major Appellate Court Victory

On March 22nd, Beermann secured a major victory on appeal, successfully reversing a judgment of the trial court and thereby permitting its client to retain tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry gifted to her by her former husband during their marriage. In In re Marriage of Solomon, 2016 IL App (1st) 142969-U, the

Common Financial Myths Couples Face When Contemplating the Divorce Process

Myth #1: “Your spouse will have to pay all of the attorney’s fees” TRUTH:  While the spouse in control of the finances during the divorce proceeding may be ordered to contribute toward the other spouse’s attorney’s fees and costs, the money that is being paid on an interim basis will be considered a pre-distribution of

Same-Sex Adoption Rights Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

As a same-sex parent myself, I could not have been happier with the Supreme Court’s March 7, 2016 decision in V.L. v. E.L., upholding a woman’s adoption of three children born to her same sex partner. By upholding this adoption, the Supreme Court made a definitive statement: all parents are equally important, and the rights of

Non-Competes & Adequate Consideration: The End of a Bright-Line Rule?

Adding a non-compete or a non-solicitation clause to an employment contract is often a prudent and savvy business decision. This is especially the case when the employee in question is a highly sought-after hire. These clauses, however, only provide protection and peace of mind to the extent that they are actually enforceable. Under Illinois law,

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center presents We Exist program to support victims of abuse

Hypothetical: Your client calls and says, “My 7-year-old daughter tells me she has been sexually abused.” The client seeks your advice. Well, if you’re like me, you tell the client to immediately call the police and the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”), but is that the only advice you should offer? Did you

Social Security Benefits to Ex-Spouses – Who Says the Government Discourages Divorce?

Are you a divorced person in your early 60s who has not remarried? Was your divorce finalized at least 2 years ago? Did your marriage last 10 years or more? Has your ex-spouse earned more than you’ve earned over your working lives? If your answer to all these questions is “yes”, you should be thinking

Irreconcilable Differences in Your Small Business – Is it Time for a Divorce?

Being part of a family-owned or closely-held business can be rewarding, but when things turn sour, the experience can become turbulent. Often, a minority shareholder or passive investor can find him or herself locked out from any meaningful participation in the business, or that the business is being mismanaged by a controlling member. If this

Employers Beware! 2016 Brings Changes to the Equal Pay Act

A new Illinois state law now prohibits all employers, both public and private, from paying unequal wages to male and female employees for doing the same or substantially similar work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility and which are performed under similar working conditions. This new law, effective January

Illinois Domestic Violence Act Provides Platform for Victims to Seek Shelter

Victims of domestic violence rarely have a reason to rejoice. But the recent and rather poignant decision of Elisa Sanchez v. Juan Jose Ramirez Torres, 2016 IL App (1st) 151189, has encouraged those subject to physical or emotional abuse and intimidation to seek the help of the courts when they otherwise would remain silent. In

If You Own Your Home in a Land Trust, You May Be Able to Rescind or Renegotiate Your Mortgage

Unhappy with the interest rate on your home mortgage? There may be a way for you to rescind that mortgage or refinance and take advantage of a lower interest rate, if your home is titled in a land trust and the land trust signed or co-signed the mortgage. Let’s back up. An Illinois land trust

What’s Your Conflict Style?

There are five default styles when approaching and dealing with conflict. They are often referred to as: competing, compromising, collaborating, avoiding, and accommodating. These five styles involve different strategies to utilize in attaining positive outcomes. Understanding your default approach to conflict will help you understand and identify your own behavioral patterns as well as the

Adhering to the FLSA Guidelines

The potential exposure and risk that businesses face from employment claims is ever increasing. It has become essential for business owners to keep abreast of the ever changing employment law landscape as the legal exposure can be considerable. One of the biggest traps that employers often fall into is failing to comply with the Fair

The Litigation is Settled, and You Have Received Your Judgment. Now What?

It was a hard fought battle and you won. You successfully sued a party who wronged you and a judge or jury awarded you all that you were seeking. Oftentimes, the litigation doesn’t end when the judge bangs the gavel and you walk out of the courtroom with a judgment – a piece of paper

Illinois—Truly a “No-Fault” State Commencing January 1, 2016

Commencing January 1, 2016, Illinois will truly be a no-fault state when it comes to divorcing your spouse. While “irreconcilable differences” has always been one of the options when pursuing a divorce from your spouse, Public Act 99-90 has eliminated all fault-based grounds for dissolving a marriage. Infidelity? Mental cruelty? These, along with other fault-based

Custody Evaluations and the Best Interest Analysis of 604

The concept of “divorce” is much deeper than simply becoming “unmarried” from your significant other. Unfortunately, “divorce” comes with a lifestyle change, displacement and discomfort as well as dividing a family. The process typically breaks itself in two: 1) division of assets/support components and 2) the sharing of custody and/or parenting time between parents with

Who Gets Custody?

Who Gets Custody? Effective January 1, 2016, NOBODY! The rules of divorce and custody are dramatically changing New Year’s Day. Per the amended Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), as of January 1, 2016, the term “custody” has been stricken in an attempt to further the following specific goals propounded by the Illinois

Prenuptial Agreements: Benefits and Misconceptions

Commonly held misconceptions about the purpose and benefits of prenuptial agreements have made them an awkward topic of conversation among couples contemplating marital bliss. The true problem, in fact, has been the way most people think about the reasons for which a prenuptial agreement might be created, apart from the eventuality of divorce or death.

Same-Sex Spouses – What is “Marital Property?”

The past several years have seen a tremendous increase in protections for people who were unjustly denied the right to marry for years—same-sex couples. In Illinois, the Civil Union Act (effective June 1, 2011) and the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (effective June 1, 2014) allowed same sex couples to avail themselves not only

‘Youthful’ Reform in Grandparent’s Rights

Within the last number of years, grandparents have enjoyed the benefit of a trend in the law expanding their rights as it relates to their grandchildren. Specifically, the 2014 Robinson v. Reif Appellate Court decision changed the landscape for grandparent visitation, finding that grandparent visitation depends most weightily on the actual physical, mental or emotional

Get Your Legal Affairs in Order for 2015!

1.  Put your papers together! All your important papers and information should be in one place in case you have an emergency or if something should happen to you.  I am a big fan of labeled folders, which makes it easy to file and access information.   These important documents and information include: Birth, marriage, divorce decree,

10 First Steps When Contemplating a Divorce

Get counseling:  Before filing for divorce, I highly recommend seeing a counselor first in an effort to try to save the marriage.  Divorce can be economically and emotionally devastating and forever will change your life.  In the event counseling cannot save the marriage, then having a relationship with a counselor/therapist will be particularly useful on

What Happens When Parents with Joint Custody Disagree about School?

Determination of which parent has final decision-making authority over a child’s education depends on several factors. In many states, joint custody is generally categorized into legal custody and physical custody. Depending on where you reside, the first thing to evaluate is the type of joint custody you have. Legal custody may grant equal decision-making authority

LGBT Prenuptial Agreements: What State You Live in Makes a Difference

When heterosexual couples consider marriage and potentially entering into a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot, they don’t have to worry about where they intend to live after they’re married—their prenuptial agreement will be recognized anywhere they reside in the United States.  Unfortunately, this is still not the case for LGBT couples.  Why not?  The

The Government’s Fumble Against the Redskins

Last week, the Washington Redskins lost a big one against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) when the Office voted to cancel its trademark stemming from a challenge brought by a group of Native Americans who were offended.  The source of the USPTO’s power to take this action is the Lanham Act, which prohibits

The Financial and Legal Dangers of Spreading a Sexually Transmitted Disease

Having a sexually transmitted disease can be an embarrassing and scary experience, and living with it can be a lifelong struggle.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that more than 110 million men and women in the United States have a sexually transmitted infection and that there are nearly 20 million

Ray Rice and Domestic Violence Misperceptions

The Ray Rice elevator beating incident raises an important issue in the area of domestic violence.  News reports state that Price and his fiance–now wife– Janay have engaged in couples counseling.  For many reasons, couples counseling is not just ineffective for domestic violence victims, it can be very harmful. When people engage in couples counseling,

Google Gone–Estate Planning for Emails?

When a person dies, it is natural that a grieving friend or relative may want to access your emails for sentimental reasons or, more practically, to settle financial and business issues.  Most companies have “terms of service” agreements which prohibit anyone from accessing accounts that aren’t theirs. Facebook will memorialize accounts by allowing friends to

Sterling Reputation: as a Woman Hater

Donald Sterling is a racial pig and we all know it.  I do not object to the stiff punishment that the NBA has meted out to the Clippers’ owner and think it was the only decision available.  Even if the racial rant at issue was done in private on a legally-questionable taped phone recording, the

I’m Pregnant and Thinking About Filing For Divorce. What Do I Need to Know? (And yes, the baby is his.)

It depends on where you live – pregnancy during divorce may become an issue in certain jurisdictions.  Generally, pregnancy does not prevent one from filing for dissolution of marriage; however, in some jurisdictions, the Court may delay the entry of a judgment of dissolution of marriage (“JDOM”) until after the child is born.  For example,

Get a Prenup, Jay Cutler!

After less than a year of dating, former “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” star Kristin Cavallari and current Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are officially engaged.  The news came straight from which reported that Cutler proposed over the weekend during their vacation in Cabo San Lucas.  We at Beermann Swerdlove hope that Jay and the future

Same Sex Marriage Begets Same Sex Divorce

After Illinois passed its landmark Civil Union Act earlier this year, which allows same sex as well as opposite sex couples to enter into a Civil Union (a legal relationship that affords many but not all of the same rights of marriage), New York has now adopted a same sex marriage law.  The significance of

To Wed or Not to Wed? That is the Question!

June 1st marked the first day that couples could apply for civil union licenses in the state of Illinois, now the sixth state to recognize civil unions.  More than 200 civil union licenses were issued in Cook County on June 1st.  For dissolution purposes, civil unions will legally be treated similarly to marriages and governed

Keep Faith in the Jury System

Recently, we saw the media pre-occupied with two cases that all but dominated the airwaves and the blogosphere:  The federal prosecution of Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, resulting in his conviction on 18 counts of official corruption; and the State of Florida’s unsuccessful prosecution of Casey Anthony, for the murder of her 2-year old

Civil Unions: Tying the Knot and What to Do If That Knot Unravels

On June 1, 2011, Illinois granted same sex couples, as well as heterosexual  couples the right to enter into a Civil Union.  This was due to the Senate Bill 1716 which passed creating the Illinois Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.  This law gives same sex couples the rights to state created rights and some

What We Can Learn From “The ‘Cain’ Mutiny”

The disclosures that knocked former Republican candidate Herman Cain off the presidential primary ballot last week are woefully typical of the attitude that pervades the workplace more than 45 years after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 2000e et seq.).  The employer – most often male – occupies a

How The Law Treats ‘Wanna-Be’ Cops

Unless you’ve lived in a cave over the past 4 months or so, you were deluged with the news story of the events leading to the death of a young African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, who was admittedly shot by a “neighborhood watch captain”, George Zimmerman, in a gated community known as “Retreat at Twin Lakes“ in Sanford FL. 

Usher Demonstrates that Father’s Can be Primary Custodians to Their Children, and That Demanding Schedules Don’t Have to Inhibit Good Parenting

As Grammy winning performer Usher (Usher Raymond IV) demonstrated in a long drawn-out legal battle with his ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, fathers can be awarded primary physical custody of their children.  Usher was awarded primary custody of his two children with Foster, Usher Raymond, age 4, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, age 3.  His primary custody

Seven Divorce-Related Apps to Check Out

Technology can be a wonderful tool, especially when it makes your life easier and less stressful. But who would have thought there would be an app for divorce?  Whether you have a laptop, a tablet or a smart phone, the following apps may be useful tools when dealing with the frustration and stress of the

Gay Marriage Movement Gets Momentum

Last night Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote.  Prior to that time, only legislation or court decisions in other states had led to this result.  The results in Maine and Maryland also broke a 32-state streak, dating to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed

Illinois Likely to Become 10th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

Two state representatives from the Chicago area are committed to bringing a bill to vote before new members of the state congress are sworn into office in January.  This vote will come on the heels of a wave of sentiment that favors the passage of such a bill that has swept across the country.  With

Who Keeps Season Sports Tickets in Divorce?

In Divorce, How Are Season Tickets For Sporting Events Divided? With Super Bowl weekend upon us, the subject of “Season Tickets and Divorce” is a topic of discussion.  While some may think this is a trivial point, the arguments over who ends up getting the family’s season tickets after divorce can be a serious matter.   Obviously,

Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove Helps Clarify “Where’s the Beef?”

As a 9 year old boy watching the Wendy’s commercial, I never imagined  that I would one day be responsible for negotiating the contract for the  rights to use the persona of the late Clara Peller as well as her  caricature for a t-shirt.  The late Clara Peller of Chicago’s north side was made famous overnight

Could the Death of Adrian Peterson’s Son Have Been Prevented?

The apparent beating death of the two year old son of Minnesota Viking’s Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson should serve as a high profile reminder that parents need to remain vigilant about who their former spouse/partner is bringing around their child(den).  Parents do not lose their right to protect their children when they

Illinois Appellate Court Declares Binding Arbitration Provision In Insurance Code Unconstitutional

On December 18, 2013, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, in Interstate Bankers Casualty Co., et al. v. Alberto Hernandez, 2013 IL App (1st) 123035, held that the statute enacted under Section 143.24d of the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/143.24d), effective 1/1/12, requiring mandatory binding arbitration of

Maintaining Liability Protection for Small Business Owners

It’s generally understood that a corporation or limited liability company is a separate legal entity from its shareholders or members, and therefore, that the owners are not personally responsible for the company’s debts.  Not surprisingly, this is often one of the many reasons that entrepreneurs are interested in formally creating a business entity.  However, what

Reduction of Child Support Payments Divorce 360 article

Many of my clients are seeking to lower their monthly child support payments.  Modification of child support payments whether temporary or permanent, may only be realized when one of the parents seeks modification of the existing child support order.  Depending on where you live, you may have to start with filing a petition to modify

New Jersey Teen Sues Her Parents for Tuition – What Should Happen?

You have probably heard about the 18-year old New Jersey senior who is suing her parents for financial support and to pay her college education.  Rachel Canning, who is living with the family of her best friend, has declared in court that she is not emancipated and is still financially dependent upon her parents.  The

A Woman’s Right to Choose

On Tuesday, our U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a case that is of great importance: whether the Affordable Care Act requires employers who provide health insurance to their employees to include coverage for contraception.  The owners of Hobby Lobby—a privately held chain of stores—believe certain forms of birth control constitute abortion, which is against

Chivalry is Not Dead in Capital Punishment

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied an execution date for female inmate, Michelle Byrom, to allow the Court time to consider additional appellate arguments. It is very unusual to hear about women being executed.  Of all arrests, 1 in 10 are female; 1 in 50 are sentenced to death and 1 in 100 are

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller in Court Tomorrow, March 9, 2011, Regarding Custody of Twin Boys – One Day Before Sheen is Officially Fired From Two and a Half Men

So many questions and issues involved.  Dangerous or more dangerous?  Tomorrow Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller will go head to head for custody of their two twin boys.  With neither parent being a stellar role model, will DCFS get involved or will Brooke Mueller continue to have temporary custody?  Sources connected with the case told

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Terminated!

The news is out that the high profile couple Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have officially separated.  While it may come as a surprise for some, others, according to TMZ, are not.  Shriver, who was in the ranks of NBC’s news division, scaled back her career to care for her four children and quit altogether

Thomas Field Elected Vice President of Development for Jewish Council for Youth Services

Thomas Field was elected Vice President of Development for Jewish Council for Youth Services for 2009-2010, an organization serving children throughout the Chicagoland and North Shore Communities, whereby the organization provides pre-school, before and after school care, activities, summer camps (day and overnight) as well as programs for ADHD and at risk youths.  Tom’s role

Celebrity Divorce Doesn’t Have to be Front Page, Just Ask Tom and Katie

Congratulations to Tom and Katie.  Whatever anyone may think of them as celebrities, actors, parents, Scientologists, or otherwise, they accomplished something very few celebrities are capable of, which is to have a quick divorce that stymies the media’s ability to work into a frenzy over all the details ofwhat may or may not be happening. 

Divorce After 40 Years of Marriage: Unusual?

The news of Al and Tipper Gore’s divorce has rocked the political world in the last two days.  What seemed like an extremely solid union has dissolved.  The Gore’s public message to the media is simple and easy to understand: they simply grew apart as a couple.  There is no drama or betrayal in their

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