Guest Blog by ‘Scary Mommy’ Founder Jill Smokler: So, Your Spouse is Gay.

It’s been a while. A year and a half, actually, since I announced the end of my marriage. Related: Q&A with Jill Smokler, Founder of ‘Scary Mommy,’ on Life After Divorce When the news came out, I was bombarded with messages from fellow gay spouses all around the world. The letters of support were easy to respond to, and so very much appreciated. The other letters, however – the ones seeking my advice – were an entirely different story. Barely functioning…

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How to Calm Your Divorce Overwhelm in 6 Steps

I’ve been in the divorce industry for 14 years. As a lawyer, law firm owner, and now (also) as a legal tech entrepreneur who has launched Hello Divorce, the first of its kind “divorce with benefits” online platform offering on demand legal help and wellness support. I love what I do. Some might call me a proponent of divorce. I’m not. But I do believe, as my friend and colleague, Gabrielle Hartley, wrote about in her new book, some people…

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Guest Blog: Take Control of Your Credit During (and After) Divorce, With These 8 Steps

By Ian Lyngklip Lyngklip & Associates Most people think that divorce is the end of their relationship with their spouse. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, divorce can be just the beginning of what is a long and difficult battle to reclaim your credit and your personal financial identity. But, with proper planning, you set yourself on a path towards financial independence and a strong personal credit history. First, keep…

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At Hello Divorce, We’re Entering Our Next Chapter

About two years ago, I set out on a mission to change the culture of divorce. I created Hello Divorce to make the process more transparent, more informative, more affordable, and less stressful – before, during and after a divorce becomes final. I wanted to provide access to tools and resources that were actually helpful, and actionable. And I wanted people like you to be able to access help from my stellar team of lawyers who will always have your back, if…

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Q&A with Jill Smokler, Founder of ‘Scary Mommy,’ on Life After Divorce

I know so many of you will relate with the story of how I initially found Scary Mommy. It was just after I had my first baby and I was up for maybe the 5th time in one night, mindlessly typing into Google every search term I could think of for “why won’t my baby sleep?”’ And, bam – I found Scary Mommy. For the first time since I had learned that I was pregnant, I felt all that self-judgment…

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Choosing the Right Legal Help for Your Divorce

While Hello Divorce is less than a couple years old, I have been a practicing family law attorney for over a decade at Levine Family Law Group. A couple weeks ago a client came in for a second opinion. He had hired a lawyer 6 weeks prior and wasn’t even sure if his legal team had filed a petition to divorce, and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone in his attorney’s office about the status of his case. Honestly,…

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How a Life Coach Can Help You Thrive after Divorce

I used to present myself to the world very differently. I built a façade that I wanted the world to see, that I was happy, in a wonderful marriage and very successful. But then I went through a divorce that shook me to my core, and I was forced to admit that my life wasn’t so perfect. I lost my marriage, my home, and because my ex and I had worked together, also my career. I began to question my…

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Divorce and Other Things You Can Handle

“The best revenge is to have enough self-worth not to seek it.” It was the perfect quote to start the podcast. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Audrey Zada on Divorce and Other Things You Can Handle. It’s an awesome new podcast from Worthy, a resource for selling your wedding ring when you’re ready to let go – and so much more. I’m a frequent contributor to their blog because I love, love that they’re more than a…

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No One Divorces The Same – How to Make the Best of Yours and Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In the midst of a divorce, it is only natural to compare your own relationships to others. How we perceive others’ divorces can create a measuring stick for our own and during this time, it’s natural to feel insecure. After all, you’ve just made a major change to your life. But now is where the real work comes in– it’s when we begin creating a new life that fits where you are right now. In creating this new version of…

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Divorce in a Second Language: 5 Tips from a Bilingual Lawyer

Going through divorce is challenging enough, but when English is not your first language the legal jargon, paperwork and process can be even more intimidating – and put you at a real disadvantage. There are linguistic and cultural nuances sometimes lost in translation that can make the difference between winning and losing on an issue. And though many court forms have instructions in other languages, responses and any declarations that the court will read must be in English. So, in…

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