Slate.com has a great article on the subject, Plush Life: Why did people lose their minds over Beanie Babies? The article posits that in a nutshell, people wanted them because they were hard to get.
But what's the legal angle? The article includes a photo of a divorcing couple divvying up Beanie Babies in a courtroom with a judge overseeing the process. Seriously. The collection was valued at between $2,500-$5,000. Conceivably legal fees to compel the in-court division cost more than the value of the collection. And the Las Vegas Sun ran a great story that led with the line "Divorce is often hardest on the babies." Later the writer penned this gem: "The collection was still in Frances' possession Thursday when Hardcastle heard Harold's motion to get his share of the litter." (I'd have said "pick of the litter," but that's just me.)
This story is not intended to convey how out of control this couple was. It's more about the difficulty of divorce. Family law is tough---perhaps not for the legal issues but for the emotional complications involved. For thoughts on how to approach divorce, especially as we enter into the most romantic season of the year, check out these books in our collection (some of which are available online):
- Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids, and Your Future
- Surviving Divorce (e-book)
- It's Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce
- It Doesn't Have to Be that Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself
- Introduction to Domestic Relations Practice (produced by the Ohio State Bar Association)