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Surviving the Holidays after Divorce

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If you’re dreading all the holiday cheer and festivities that go along with the season, here are some tips to make more tolerable.

Are single-parent families whole?

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There is a better-than-average chance that your family doesn't look like the Cleavers.  Traditional family vs. non-traditional family Today, two-parent, monogamous, heterosexual traditional families (by definition) are the weirdos. Statistically, they are a 49 percent minority — a figure poised to plummet in our lifetimes. After all, 57 percent of Millennial moms are unmarried (according…

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How to sell your Cartier jewelry online

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Do you have a Cartier diamond ring, earrings, LOVE bracelet, or Cartier watch that you no longer love or wear? There are safe, secure ways to sell your Cartier jewelry quickly, online, for the highest price in cash. Quick answer: Worthy is an A+ BBB rated online jewelry auction that provides the safest, most secure…

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Filing For Divorce Without a Lawyer

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Many people go to family court without a lawyer.
A person who moves through his or her court case without an attorney is called a pro se filer. He or she is a self-represented litigant (SRL)
The number of self-represented litigants (“SRLs”) is often the highest in family cases—divorce or separation and custody issues – where the parties can negotiate the terms and conditions of the breakup without acrimony.
Pro se divorce filing works best (more...)

Alimony: Here’s What You Can Expect

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California and some other states offer legal separation and dissolution of marriage. For either, one person must file a petition in the court. If you have children and/or you need spousal support, you may apply to the court for temporary support only if you filed for divorce, legal separation, annulment of your marriage or if you have a protective order against your spouse. During the divorce trial, the court may revisit the temporary support orders. At (more...)

What You Need To Know About The Divorced Spouse Social Security Benefit

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A big part of divorce is figuring out the impact ending your
marriage will have on your finances. The obvious concerns are what it means for
your present lifestyle, but you can’t ignore the consequences on retirement. That
means understanding the Divorced Spouse Social Security benefit. There are lots
of rules and caveats for this benefit and it’s hard to remember them all …

Joining me for this Conversation is Leah Hadley from Great Lakes (more...)

Why You Can’t Win A Divorce

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And what to expect along the way

Going through a divorce is stressful for everyone involved, including spouses and their children. Pop culture has ingrained the idea that one “wins” divorce, but it is so much more complicated than that.

Dealing with the legal process and financial obligations can be overwhelming, let alone the parenting aspect. Then there is the healing process and moving forward either living single or dating. All of this amounts to enormous stress, (more...)

How To Focus On Yourself After Divorce

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A marriage takes the lives of two individual people and merges them together. It’s a promise both you and your spouse make to stop thinking about yourselves and start thinking about each other’s future. This is why when a marriage comes to an end, it can be difficult for you to refocus your attention on yourself.

Whether it’s because you have children you need to care for, legal matters you need to attend (more...)

Asking the Hard Questions Can Make Things Easier

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{4 minutes to read}  What happens if things don’t work out between us? One thing I have learned in my career as a mediator, is that whatever question is most difficult to ask in a given moment is the one that must be asked and addressed. All settlement agreements should address the present and the [...]

What’s Worth Fighting for in Divorce?

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Knowing which things are actually worth fighting before you start your negotiations can help you focus your efforts when settling your divorce.