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1999 photo shows divorcing couple dividing Beanie Babies

When you think back to the 1990s, one thing that immediately becomes clear is that it was a funny time. And if there is one object that exemplifies this "funny" sentiment of the 90s, it is Beanie Babies. They were going to be valuable forever, and their collectible nature made them an essential piece of the zeitgeist during that decade.

But why are we talking about Beanie Babies on a divorce blog? Well, just take a look at the picture in our source article. It shows a splitting couple kneeling on the ground of a court room, sifting through Beanie Babies as they go through the property division process. It's a remarkable photo that captures the feel of the 90s while also exemplifying the complicated nature of traditional divorce and the property division process.

Think about the time that was spent making sure these Beanie Babies were placed in the right hands. Think about the financial cost of this process, and how it must have affected the splitting spouses to deal with this issue on the floor of a court room. Divorce doesn't have to be this way, and neither does property division. There are more effective and efficient means for dealing with issues that are inherent to the divorce process.

For example, splitting spouses don't need to fight over every asset during property division. If you can prioritize what assets are important to you and which ones you don't want to dispute, this can save you time and money. In addition, there are more amicable divorce options than traditional divorce that can help simplify certain divorce process and make the entire divorce less stressful and less legally combative. Divorce mediation is an example of one of these alternative options.

Source: Huffington Post, "That Time A Divorced Couple Went To Court To Split Their Beanie Babies," Brittany Wong, Feb. 6, 2015

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