Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

10 Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce (2021)

If January is the month that you’ve decided to start your divorce, you aren’t alone. January is usually dubbed the “divorce month” since so many people end the year with clarity about whether or not they want to stay in a relationship.  If you and/or your spouse have decided to split, it’s a good time to review helpful resources and tips so that you are feeling prepared as you begin the legal process. After 15 years in the divorce industry,…

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Guide to divorce in California without lawyers

The Essential Guide to Divorce in California (Without Lawyers)

So you are trying to avoid ‘lawyering up’ but you don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place.   Divorce in California has 3 main steps (assuming you and your spouse both want to stay out of court). DIY’ing your divorce does take some work but we make it as easy on you as possible. And regardless of which service you choose, we are always here to help you guide you. Ready for Divorce 101? Here we go… We get it, easier said than done. But assuming your divorce is amicable (or heading in that direction), you can do this without full representation by a lawyer. Just remember, this is a process that you can’t avoid –…

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divorce negotiations

How to Slay Your Divorce Negotiations Like a Seasoned Pro

I’ll admit it. I don’t have a magic wand. I wish I did! But what I do have is 15 years of experience helping people navigate out of their marriage in integrity. I’ve settled the toughest issues that come up in divorce and acquired some proven techniques along the way. And what you have on your side – more than any lawyer or mediator, is a deep understanding of your spouse. You know exactly what you can say or do to emotionally trigger them and more importantly, how to communicate in a way that your ex feels seen and/or heard. Why is this important? Because it doesn’t matter how much law you have on your side, it won’t get you anywhere…

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truths about divorce

Fact or Fiction? 10 Truths You Need to Know if You’re Filing for Divorce

If I could go back and do it again, I’d have still been a divorce lawyer. I just would have shifted the way I practice a lot earlier and spent less time in the courtroom and more time at the negotiating table. But, live and learn and without all of that experience, I would not have been able to call myself a Certified Family Law Specialist. Below are a few #divorcetruths I’ve learned after 15 years as a divorce lawyer,…

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Divorcing a high conflict spouse

Q&A: Michelle Dempsey on Divorcing a High Conflict Spouse

I first connected with Michelle Dempsey-Multack on Instagram and it was in that first conversation that I knew we had to spotlight her in a Hello Divorce Q&A session. She walks the talk – having been divorced herself and navigated her own challenges associated with adjusting to life post-breakup (including shared parenting heartache). But more than that – she’s authentic, kind, powerful, engaging, and inciteful. While her expertise as a Certified Divorce Specialist, Coach, and Author is generally shared with…

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living with your ex during covid

How to Survive Living With Your Ex During Covid

I have seen at least 5 articles lately about how “quarantining with my ex changed my life for the better” and while I am thrilled for them, I have had a very different experience. After speaking with a few of our awesome clients and listening to how challenging the last few months have been for them — I thought I’d weigh in and provide a few tips for navigating life when your ex is still living with you. Make it about you — not your ex I know, easier said than done. But, the best part about a breakup is how much you learn about yourself and in so doing, how alive it makes you feel. If you prioritize self-growth…

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online colorado divorce

Webinar Replay: The Insider’s Guide to a Quick, Affordable, Hassle-Free Colorado Divorce

At Hello Divorce, one of the most common questions we’re asked is “How can I get my divorce done without spending thousands of dollars or having it take over my life?” So, we turned the answer into a webinar so everyone could access the answers. This webinar is for you if you live in COLORADO and are considering filing for divorce (or have already started the process). CEO and Founder of Hello Divorce, Erin Levine, provides an overview of the…

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I’m Getting a Divorce. Which Service Should I Choose?

You are smart. (if we may say so). You’ve decided to get some help with your divorce because you recognize that apart from it being a ‘time suck’ and an emotional drain, divorce itself is complex and has significant implications. Going at it completely alone feels overwhelming and a bit risky. That being said, you don’t want to spend anywhere close to the average cost of divorce – $26,300. Yikes! You also want to work towards an agreement – one way or another. Maybe you’re already ready to rock – maybe you need some help from a lawyer or mediator – but no matter what, you are committed to getting through this without a messy court battle. NOW WHAT? At…

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Options to file for divorce in California & Colorado

Want to Stay out of Divorce Court? You Need to Read This First

This article is not “How to Avoid Getting a Divorce.” I’m not a relationship expert and I’d never been so bold as to say I know how to save a marriage. Rather, this post is for you if divorce is in the cards and you want to do everything possible to keep the cost and conflict in check. In other words, you don’t want to pay (on average) $27,000 to hire a divorce lawyer or air all of your dirty…

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served with a petition for divorce

I’ve Been Served With a Divorce Petition, Now What?

You have now received a Divorce Petition (FL-100) and Summons (FL-110). If you have minor children with your spouse, you likely also received a UCCJEA* form (FL-105). So, now what?  First Sign and return the Notice & Acknowledgment of Receipt (FL-117) to avoid personal service (i.e. a third party, often a “process server,” showing up at your doorstep or workplace). By signing the Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt (NAOR) you are acknowledging receipt of the documents and starting the 6 month waiting period. By signing the NAOR, you have triggered another important timeline – you must decide if you are going to file a “Response” (FL-120), and if so, you must it do it within 30 days from signing the…

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