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If You’re In A Sexless Marriage, Should You Divorce?

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Does a sexless marriage mean you’re destined for divorce?
Well, maybe. Maybe not.
For sure, judging by the number of books and articles and the search requests for my blog, it’s a common issue. My clients and free consults, frequently remark that they’re living more like roommates than lovers.
What exactly is a sexless marriage? What do you do if you and your spouse aren’t having sex? Is it always a (more...)

What Do Your Wedding Rings Symbolize?

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For hundreds of years, rings have been part of getting married in many cultures. Their significance, however, is much more than their financial value. They symbolize many things: a never-ending connection because it is a circle; the unique connection between two people; a signal to everyone that you’re committed to someone else; the tangible reminder of a solemn promise and more.
Let’s dive into the historical significance of wedding rings and what they mean.
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Spousal Support and the New Guidelines

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{2:30 minutes to read} Before New York adopted spousal support guidelines in 2016, the amount and duration of spousal support was very unpredictable. Some awards were very generous while others were very conservative, based upon the discretion of the judge. With the adoption of the guidelines, there is now much more predictability as to the [...]

Am I responsible for my spouse’s debts?

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Your ex’s credit card bill may not be the first thought that crosses your mind when getting divorced, however you may be responsible for that bill and other debts incurred by your ex if they are found to be “marital debts”. Just like physical property obtained during your marriage, debt can be a marital asset that must be divided. Generally, marital property includes the things bought or accumulated during the marriage using funds earned during (more...)

11 Common Financial Mistakes Made in Divorces

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During your marriage, you and your ex most likely comingled funds and budgeted together. These are sound marital practices, but divorce puts you in a position that requires an in-depth review of the income, expenses, and assets that you and your ex brought to the marriage and forces you to make important decisions with lasting implications. Too often people underestimate just how complex these issues can be and how important it is to make the right choices. Your best (more...)

Do You Need Separate Birthday Parties?

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Celebrating your child's birthday after divorce can be a tricky situation. These tips can help.

Clean out your jewelry box and rid yourself of clutter

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I’m a big fan of cleansing your life. Clutter is the enemy, and not just because stuff makes your home a mess, your closets, and drawers difficult to manage, and gives your housecleaner way too much work. Sell your bridal jewelry or other diamond jewelry to minimize this physical, mental and emotional clutter. Clutter — even…

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7 best free online checking accounts

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Quick top pick: BBVA Compass. Free checking, ATMs, cash-back debit card rewards, bill pay and mobile deposit. Plus: BBVA also has a high-interest savings account. Sign up for a free BBVA checking account >> Whether you’re tired of being charged a monthly service fee, or looking for a fresh start with a new bank, or…

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How to get a background check

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I still remember the raised eyebrow stare my brother flashed my way. I told him I was meeting a male friend I hadn’t seen since high school. “Be careful,” he said, looking at me sideways. “You missed two decades.” My friend and I had a great time, but my brother had a point:it pays to…

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Do you feel guilty for divorcing a nice guy?

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Recently a mom emailed me: I feel so guilty for leaving my marriage. My husband is a really, really nice guy. He is a great dad, loves me a lot, has a good career. There was nothing really wrong with our marriage. I just didn't love him any more and wanted out.  Now, our divorce is…

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