How to Co-Parent on the Same Team

I think it’s safe to say that no one arrives in a blended family as their first choice. A marriage didn’t go according to plan and the redirect happened. For me, my first marriage ended quite abruptly (from my side, at least). And while there were layers of pain and grief that went into the decision to divorce, I know now it was the right one for us. It was far from what I wanted in the beginning, but years…

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3 Steps to Divorce in California

 How to Get Divorced in California in 3 Easy Steps Divorce in California is complicated. There are tons of forms to complete, specific timelines to meet, and court filings to navigate—all while the emotional weight of dismantling a marriage runs in the background. It’s a lot to think about. But don’t worry, at Hello Divorce we’ve broken it down into three easy-to-follow steps. And while the process does involve a good amount of work, we’ve gathered all the information you…

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This Is Exactly Why Traditional Divorce Costs So Much

(Hint: It’s not because your ex is a jerk.) We don’t get married thinking we’ll get divorced. (At least I hope not.) But it happens. A lot. And that’s OK. Not every relationship lasts 50 years. But who would ever expect that their divorce would cost more than their lavish wedding? More than the caterer, venue, table centerpieces, and dress? But it does, most of the time. Bottom line: Divorce is expensive. A recent article from USA Today reports that the average…

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Trading in the Pit Bull Attorney for a Happy Divorce

When my ex-wife, Nikki, and I began the divorce process, I really didn’t know what to do or where to start. All I knew was that I was angry, resentful, and full of fear and that I had lived through the awful divorce of my parents. So, if you add up the negative feelings I was processing and my past experience of divorce, the only solution I came up with was to make Nikki the villain and try to destroy…

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11 Ways to Move Your Divorce Forward Now, Even During the Coronavirus Crisis

So, the one thing we all have right now is time. I’m not necessarily saying that it’s quality time because honestly, I can’t think of a time in modern history where there have been so many distractions in our own homes – from the news to our kids to sanitizing surfaces to googling for instructions on how to sew facemasks. It’s exhausting. But still, if we’re smart about it all: we have a little time in the bank from not…

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Yes, you can still get a divorce. Even during a global pandemic.

We genuinely love our partners when we say “I do.” Many of us still love them even when it’s time for divorce. Just…not in the same way. Or maybe we don’t love them anymore. That’s not an indictable offense. These are normal life changes — not crimes or sins — and they’re no reason to turn feelings of guilt and shame into fire aimed at a partner. On the contrary, the commonality and inevitability of such life changes is reason…

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Guest Blog: Online Mediation During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

As we adjust to “stay-at-home” orders in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all learning how to utilize technology to continue our work and our lives when we are not able to be physically present in the world. Online mediation, which has been gaining popularity in recent years, is a dispute resolution process that utilizes online video conferencing platforms to allow parties and a neutral mediator to “meet” remotely for sessions. Online mediation makes traditional mediation services more…

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Co-Parenting During Coronavirus? It’s the Wild, Wild West Right Now – So, Here’s My Best Advice

As California and more and more states shelter in place, what to do with the kids in a co-parenting relationship is top of mind right now.  If you haven’t listened already, my podcast episode on How to Navigate Divorce & Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic will likely be very useful to you. Give it a listen here: Quickly, before I dive in, just a reminder: if you need legal help right now, be sure to book your free 15-minute divorce…

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Adjusting child and spousal support due to coronavirus and COVID-19.

How to Modify Spousal and Child Support if You’re Facing Income Losses Now Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Losing your job or small business is devastating. Especially if you’re also paying child or spousal support. Just remember that you are not alone; this is happening to people in communities all over the country. But there are ways to make adjustments now (and later) so you can continue to make payments, but at a level that is more appropriate given the state of your current income. In general, keep in mind that any adjustments made to spousal and child…

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Why You Should Stop Delaying Your Divorce and Get on With It Already

If you’ve been separated from your ex, but haven’t yet filed for divorce: this article is for you. You’re living in limbo right now, waiting for what’s next – and it’s not that great, is it?  I know there are a lot of excuses: Divorce will cost so much. Everything is relatively smooth going right now, I don’t want us to start fighting. What will it do to the kids? The divorce process will take forever, won’t it? Will I…

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You can still get a divorce, even with court closures. Here’s how.
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