Financial transparency is crucial to divorce in the digital era.
A client I’ll call Blair was the stay-at-home wife of a highly successful corporate executive—call him Doug—who spent a great deal of time traveling on business. Doug’s frequent, prolonged absences may have been one reason their marriage was unraveling, but Blair found another when she noticed a charge on the couple’s AmEx bill for $2,799, paid at what she knew to be a very fashionable women’s clothing store in New York.
Blair hadn’t been to New York in years, but Doug had been there precisely when the purchase was made. So Blair phoned AmEx customer service, identified herself as the joint holder of the account and the wife of the purchaser, and asked the agent to “remind” her what the transaction in New York was all about. It was for a single item, she was told: a Chanel clutch bag. Certainly a classic in the world of fashion accessories, but not exactly Doug’s sort of thing, and he clearly hadn’t bought it for his wife.