Author: Tracy Collins Ortlieb


Tracy Collins Ortlieb is a digital marketing writer and editor and former daily news journalist who loves the art of crafting a compelling story. She lives in Chicago with her family, two cats and an exhausted library card. You can find her blogging at and tweeting at @tracyortlieb.

How to shack up without breaking up

Just as with a prenuptial agreement, few couples want to enter into an arrangement by discussing its demise. Nonetheless, having a plan is always a good idea. Think of it as a way to learn how your partner values his or her assets, so that you can go into the move with a level of care and respect.

How to get your aging parent to stop driving

In many cases, a senior’s physician is the deciding factor: based on results from a driving rehab specialist or occupational therapist, a doctor makes a medical determination on a mature adult’s capacity to drive and reports those findings directly to the DMV.

Can a couple create a contract to guarantee sex?

For anyone with assets, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are the legal standard. But the newest twist in these agreements is the lifestyle clause: like weight or fitness requirements between partners — as well as guidelines about the frequency of sex.

Is legal pot really in trouble under Trump?

In a press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and that the nation faces an opioid addiction crisis. As a result, he said, there would be “greater enforcement” in states that legalized recreational marijuana.