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Celebrating Single Parents Everywhere

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Becoming a single parent, whether by choice or through circumstances beyond your control, can be at times scary and perhaps even overwhelming.  In some cases, many of you co-parent with an Ex, which can obviously present its own set of unique challenges.

“You can raise good children in single parent households, and many of you perhaps here today come from that type of environment.  It is possible and many do it in heroic situations, but it&(more...)

How To Better Manage Your Credit Score Through Your Divorce

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Figuring out how to better manage your credit score through your divorce sounds like a boring topic and I would tell you that a boring credit score is a good thing and especially during the end of your marriage.
BUT, that’s often not what’s going on in divorce. Frequently, this is when people are looking at their credit scores and freaking out when they start to see the impact of closed accounts and missed payments. (more...)

2 Ways To Kick Your Divorce Fears To The Curb

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It was hard to concentrate, or even function.
Hard to fall asleep at night, hard to pay attention at work, and no matter what I did to try and distract myself, the sheer panic and chaos followed me around all the time.
“Ohmigod. I have no idea what do to. Will I ever get through this?”
“I have no idea where I’m going to be in a month, much less a year. How the (more...)

5 Important Lessons I Learned From My Wedding Mementos

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I have a pretty good idea what Marie Kondo would say about my wedding mementos … she’d say it’s definitely time to declutter that. You see … it’s almost 29 years since my wedding and I’ve been divorced for almost 12 years. That box, the size of a box of photocopying paper, has most recently been sitting in my basement, tucked out of sight, out of mind. It weighed some 15 (more...)

Want A Happy Life After Divorce? You Have To Let Go Of The Past

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If you want a happy life after divorce then you have to let go of the past.
That’s true regardless of the circumstances that led to the end of your marriage and it’s true for all of us. We all learn things about ourselves in this process. We learn about our values, our beliefs, our choices. And, if we do the self-work, we understand where they came from and if they are serving us or (more...)

Maintenance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — Part 1

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{4:00 minutes to read} On December 22, 2017, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA) was signed into law. One of the most significant changes found in the TCJA for couples seeking a legal separation or divorce is the elimination of the “maintenance* deduction.” Prior to the TCJA, maintenance was a tax deduction to the [...]

Maintenance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — Part 2

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{3:00 minutes to read} In my last article, I outlined how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the amount each spouse pays or receives by eliminating the tax deductibility of maintenance. The original purpose of maintenance was to provide the non-moneyed spouse, historically the wife, with the resources she needed to “maintain” herself until she [...]

Can You Afford to Keep Your House After a Divorce?

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{3:30 minutes to read}  For most of my clients, the house is their biggest asset. It is often also their biggest liability. But beyond that, however, is the emotional importance. Deciding what to do with their house is a component of the divorce process that can often cloud a couple’s judgement. Whether it’s because this [...]

Co-Parenting with an Abusive Ex-Spouse

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Co-Parenting with Former Domestic Violence Abuser

Domestic violence is a painful and often traumatic experience that victims do not want to relive once they finally leave.  When you have children with your abuser however, it may feel like you are forced to continue to endure the trauma of the abusive relationship even after divorce. In many cases parents are ordered to co-parent regardless of abuse or domestic violence between parents. While this is grounded in the well-intentioned desire (more...)

What is credit? How to establish credit fast

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Credit is so important, but few people really understand how it works. A good or better credit score can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the average person’s lifetime, give you access to cash to buy a home, car, finance a business, and get out of existing debt faster and cheaper. Studies even…

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