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How to file for divorce in NY?

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Whether you are divorcing in New York City, Albany, Upstate, Long Island or elsewhere, there are some laws in New York state that affect your divorce. Other laws apply nationally. Here is how to file for a divorce in New York, what you are entitled to, and what to expect: What you are entitled to…

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Downsize after divorce: Turn your breakup into a makeover

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Quick take: After a breakup or divorce, your life and finances are different, and you likely need to reconsider moving house. Many moms find that downsizing to a smaller, more affordable home that is also easy to maintain gives them the freedom and confidence they need to move forward with their new life. Plus: a…

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How to become a proofreader and work from home

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If you love reading but hate seeing errors in writing, then a career as a proofreader could be a great fit for you.  Proofreading is an incredibly flexible work-at-home job for moms because you can set your schedule around your kids’ activities.  But what do proofreaders really do and how do you get proofreader jobs…

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Disability insurance for the self-employed

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Quick answer: You need disability insurance more than life insurance, and for those who do not have disability coverage through an employer, including the self-employed, can find affordable disability insurance through reputable companies for an affordable price. Breeze disability insurance plans start at $9/ month, for people aged 18 to 60 years old, and with…

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Alimony – Not the Same as “All Your Money”

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The issue of spousal support has ended more than one well-meaning mediation and polarized its fair share of litigated divorces.  Everything is going great until someone says the word “alimony” and all of sudden, defenses go up, wallets go hiding and paychecks get “lost.”

“You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.”   ~ John BarrymoreWhat is alimony (or spousal support)?   How long (more...)

10 Things To Consider When Reducing Child Support

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Guest post by Carlos Martinez, Legal Solutions of New Mexico
Child support orders are based on your circumstances at the time the order is issued. As we all know, circumstances can change, and many people might want – or need – to reduce the amount of child support they are paying. While this is possible in some situations, you need to get the court’s permission. You should not simply start paying less without a modified order. The (more...)

Ready To Feel Better? Then Don’t Be Afraid To Tick People Off!

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This is the #1 thing you must do to stick up for yourself. 
Here’s the uncomfortable truth, friends.
In your journey to get confident and feel better about yourself, you cannot be afraid to step on toes. In other words…
Don’t be afraid to tick people off. 
Strong people will end up ticking people off. And that’s okay.
Now, to be clear, I’m not talking about being (more...)

How Do You Best Help Your Kids Understand Divorce?

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If divorce is confusing for adults, imagine how it is for your kids. It seems like everything in their world is changing and they have no control over any of it. It’s up to you to help your kids understand divorce.
We often hear that children are resilient and adaptable.
I also hear parents say that the kids know that the marriage is ending but they don’t know much about why. The parents think they&(more...)

It’s Time To Celebrate The Comforts Of Fall

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In some areas of the country, the temperatures have yet to drop below 90 degrees but even in the warmest of places, summer is winding down. When the first cool breeze arrives, we all know that it’s time to celebrate the comforts of fall.
Your favorite coffee shops are bringing back everything pumpkin-spiced. There are Halloween decorations in stores and the leaves are changing color ever so subtly.  Let’s consider our favorite things about (more...)

I am Not a Neutral Mediator

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{3 minutes to read}   In my previous post, I addressed a concern raised by a client about my neutrality. In this post, I detail why, as a divorce mediator, I do not take sides. However, that does not mean I am neutral. I do not sit quietly on the sidelines watching the action. Instead, I [...]