Here's a sad story linking money and divorce. I really feel sorry for people who live their lives like this.
FOR years, Michele Kleier, a real estate broker on the Upper East Side, knew why one of her most persistent clients was calling even before picking up the phone.
The client, a former high-ranking fashion executive and perpetual volunteer at her childrenâ€™s private schools, was checking the price she could get for her nine-room co-op in a prewar building. When the market reached a high, she told Ms. Kleier, she planned to divorce her husband, sell the apartment and live on her share of the profits.
Last year, Ms. Kleier delivered the long-awaited news: Manhattan luxury apartments were at a peak. The client went through with her plan. Now the woman calls from her new condo in California, raving about the weather and the distance from her ex-husband.
â€œShe felt that she couldnâ€™t walk out on him until she had the money to move away and buy something on her own,â€ Ms. Kleier said. â€œThe real estate market allowed her to buy her freedom.â€
I guess many people deal with situations in the way that seems the most immediately easy, and when divorce seems easier than working through marriage issues they split.