The Next Chapter

Divorce Resources for Women

‘Collaborative Divorce’ Category

Believe It Or Not An Amicable Divorce Is Possible

Share with a friend
 

The news is routinely filled with sensational stories of divorce gone wrong. We read about vindictive spouses who are hell bent on destroying their exes. We read about greedy lawyers who fan the flames of conflict so that divorces last longer and they make more money. But think about it. What we never read about are stories of an amicable divorce.
No one hears about the people who somehow manage to end their marriages without spending their lives’ (more...)

Was 2018 The Worst Year Of Your Life?

Share with a friend
 

I remember reading someone’s Facebook post last year on December 31st, and it read, “Good-bye 2017, I WON’T miss you at all.” Apparently, 2017 was not a good year for her. While I understand the post—her husband left her in early January, 2017 and she was going through a divorce that entire year, I think she had to have surgery—minor surgery in 2017, and one of her parents died (more...)

Relationship Advice: Looking Back at 2018

Share with a friend
 

2018 was the busiest and most productive year of my career. I traveled seventeen weekends to train others to become life and executive coaches, I led communication and women’s leadership courses, and I worked with my individual life and executive clients. I certainly hope they all benefited from their time with me. However, I’m pretty sure that I’m the one who learned the most from them. Here is some relationship advice, based on (more...)

The Perfect New Year’s Resolution For A Divorced Woman And/Or Single Mom

Share with a friend
 

While losing weight, exercising, and/or eating healthier are great New Year’s resolutions, I thought of one that I think is more important than all of these, especially for a divorced woman and/or a single mom. In this week’s Love Essentially, I offer a great New Year’s resolution to consider: self-compassion. Don’t roll your eyes. Read on! Trust me on this one…
The New Year’s Resolution You&(more...)

A Key Component In Managing Anxiety and Being Happier

Share with a friend
 

I hate to say it, but anxiety, stress and unhappiness are an epidemic. Thanks to technology, social media and the expectation of constantly answering to others, our world has taken accountability to a new level, one which has caused so much added stress, frustration, and panic, almost, which  eventually leads to wrong priorities and unhappiness. There are countless articles on managing anxiety and being happier, but I have one idea that I feel will surely help.
I’(more...)

Did You Know That Hugs Are Good For Your Health?

Share with a friend
 

If you are thinking about divorce, chances are you are feeling pretty lonely. If you are going through a divorce, you are probably feeling scared and lonely. And if you are dating after a divorce, who knows what you are feeling! Dating after divorce can be really fun, but it can also feel hopeless and lonely at times, like Mr. Right is never going to surface. There’s one thing that is sure to help with loneliness, and (more...)

Is He Your Transitional Man Or Is He The One?

Share with a friend
 

What is a transitional relationship and how can they help you find love? A transitional man (or woman) is the first significant relationship that usually comes after a long term relationship or marriage. They are someone who helps you find your footing, after a difficult breakup.
I began thinking about my transitional man when I had a conversation with a group of women about divorce, relationships and love. We began talking about the men we had dated and realized (more...)

Emotional Hell When A Spouse Has An Emotional Affair?

Share with a friend
 

When someone finds out their spouse is cheating or cheated, it’s awful. I’ve personally been there—not in my marriage but in another relationship. It’s like you just got punched in the stomach, and you keep feeling like you are repeatedly getting punched in the stomach for days, even weeks. It’s shocking (even for those who suspected it), it’s infuriating, it makes you feel like you will never (more...)

Are You In A Bad Marriage During The Holidays?

Share with a friend
 

You know it to your very core. You’re done. You’ve lived in an unhappy marriage for far too long. The thought of your bad marriage during the holidays AGAIN is almost more than you can bear.
 
Watching your husband overindulge at holiday parties is unbearable. Listening to that fake laugh your wife puts on when she is trying to be social makes you cringe. You hate the way your spouse looks, acts, talks, and (more...)

A Guide To Minimizing Divorce Attorney’s Fees

Share with a friend
 

This is a guest post by divorce attorney, Beth F. McCormack, who offers advice on managing your divorce, thereby minimizing divorce attorney’s fees.
A Guide To Minimizing Divorce Attorney’s Fees
By Beth F. McCormack
Going through a divorce is one of the most painful and stressful times a person might go through in his or her life.  In addition to the emotional toll, the financial impact can be devastating.  A common client complaint (more...)