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How to Repair Your Credit Following a Divorce

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When you go through a divorce, emotional and lifestyle changes take place - to say the least. On top of these changes, there are many financial challenges to deal with during the fallout. To name a few, you may have to make alimony payments moving forward, take on new day-to-day expenses (as opposed to sharing costs with a spouse), or even establish an entirely new individual budget.

7 tips for taking a road trip with little kids as a single mom

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I am writing this from a plane with my kids on the way from our NYC home to Chicago, where we will spend two weeks visiting friends and family, and the places where I grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois.  This pilgrimage has become an annual tradition. It started out as a…

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How to deal with divorce when your husband had affairs

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We're negotiating our divorce settlement and I believe I should be compensated for losing the family I wanted. My husband cheated, decided to leave, and I now miss my kids half the time and don't have a real family. I am so pissed I have to pay alimony! He was unfaithful — how is that fair!? He…

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5 friends every single mom needs

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If you're facing single motherhood – whether by divorce, choice or happenstance, you need support. All the freaking support you can get. The key in this new phase of life is to be strategic in choosing who your support system is. I'm not saying ditch all your old friends, or be a snob. But maybe you…

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Is There a “Healthy” Way to Divorce?

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Collaborative, Amicable, Mediated Divorce. 
Conscious Uncoupling.  What do all
of these things mean?  What is the best
choice for me?  These are evolving
expressions that help define an evolving divorce process. 

“Divorce is like construction…It always takes longer and costs more than you think!.” ~ Karen Covy Today’s society finds more and more couples deciding together that separation divorce is the best option for their family.  Even in (more...)

Is Co-Parenting Right For Your Family?

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When two parents get divorced, it does not change their parental rights or responsibilities. Provided having relationships with both parents is in the best interest of the child, the court will likely grant shared custody of the child to the parents. This means that the parents must abide by a set schedule for trading off time with the child, as well as determine who will make which important decisions for the child’s well-being, including education, religion, and (more...)

What You Need To Know About Stalking And Divorce

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Unfortunately, stalking is not uncommon during the end of a relationship. With today’s technology and our quest for connection, it’s easier than ever. There are many more ways to stalk and it’s easier than ever to do it without the victim’s knowledge. It’s also harder for the person being stalked to stop it.
According to the federal Office on Women’s Health, one in six women has experienced (more...)

Signs That Stress From Your Divorce is Affecting You Physically

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Guest post by Karlynn Quinn
A life-altering transition like divorce can trigger stress and many different emotions, both good and bad. Depending on the circumstances of the separation, it can lead to a dive in self-confidence and produce overall confusion on steps to take next. In times of change, it’s not uncommon to allow your emotions to get the best of you, leading to increased stress and turmoil.
It’s important during a divorce to be (more...)

Your Wedding Ring Could Take You On A Summer Vacation

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Remember the saying about spending two months salary on an engagement ring? You can thank a 1930’s marketing campaign by the jeweler De Beers for putting the guilt trip on customers trying to impress their future bride.
In actuality, the average size of an engagement ring in the US is a 1-carat diamond and today that would cost about $5,500. After your divorce, you may be wishing you had that amount in cash – or at (more...)

Spy Gear: What is your Partner Using to Monitor You?

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Modern Advancements in Spy Technology and What to Lookout For

Privacy is a hot button topic in our society these days. It seems like every new gadget, household item, or children’s toy is now coming equipped with “smart” technology. These interactive and intelligent devices bring with them a level of weariness about their potential susceptibility to hacking and privacy violations. Stories of data breaches at big companies compromising the personal information of consumers highlight just (more...)