Selling Your Home in Divorce? Here are 6 Things to Think About

One of the biggest tasks you face when divorcing is splitting up your assets. Chances are your home is the largest asset you share with your partner, and it may seem overwhelming to determine how to split up this asset. As a realtor who has gone through a divorce myself – considering these very same questions – here are a few things to think about to help make the process as smooth and painless as possible: Reach an agreement on…

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Breaking Up

Marriage + Infidelity = Divorce? Not so fast.

Last fall, I read an article about infidelity in Divorce Magazine by Steven D. Solomon, Ph.D. and Lorie J. Teagno, Ph.D., clinical psychologists who had just released a book, Intimacy after Infidelity: How to Rebuild & Affair-Proof Your Marriage. They shared an interesting statistic: that 60 to 75 percent of couples who experienced a betrayal stayed together. As a divorce attorney, I work hard to help my clients navigate through a complex process that is usually the result of a…

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6 Steps to Take Before You Begin Divorce Mediation

Thinking about divorce mediation? Excellent idea if you and your spouse have the shared goal of uncoupling amicably (or at least are committed to working together to dissolve your marriage in a fair and cooperative way) but have too many issues to resolve them on your own. Working with a good mediator has its perks — most notably you can cut down on attorney fees and costs, go at your own pace, keep the intimate details of your life a…

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New Rules for Splitting Up

I was in court today. Something I try wholeheartedly not to do whenever possible. Not because I’m not a skilled litigator (I am), but because it is such an awful experience for most people — even when they “win.” Having been on the other side of the table a few times as a plaintiff in a civil case and witness in a criminal case, I have the unique perspective of understanding how it feels to be in court with a…

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Your Spouse Did Not Respond

How to Work with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Over the course of the past several months, I’ve had the great fortune to get to know Jennifer Taylor, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and founder of Square One Financial Services, Inc., based in San Clemente, California. Jennifer’s personal experience going through divorce inspired her to do what she does today: help others receive easy-to-understand financial guidance during their divorce process. Separation of financial assets is one of the most complicated parts of the California divorce process.…

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How to Keep Your Divorce Conversations Productive

First things first. If you want to negotiate an agreement with your spouse, you have to remember (and accept) the following principles: Be mindful that your purpose is to avoid arguing and to be as persuasive as possible. The communication issues you had during your marriage will not go away in separation. What does that mean? It means you need to manage your expectations and negotiation style or risk one or more of the following: constant arguing, bickering, flat out…

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Break Up, Break Through, Break Out: Our Promise to Help Users Claim the Highest Version of Themselves Amidst Struggle

I founded Hello Divorce as a result of my own adversity. When I think about it now, I am convinced that all that we have in life is the capacity to turn obstacles into opportunities—breakups into breakthroughs. My desire to become a lawyer was birthed out of a disempowering and lonely experience I had with the legal system as a late teen. I was both a witness in a criminal action case and a plaintiff in a civil case. As…

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It’s Over: The Checklist You Need for Your New Beginning

This blog originally appeared on It’s over. Officially. But, now what? As a divorce lawyer for the last 12+ years, I can tell you that – as crazy as it sounds – sometimes one of the most difficult parts of divorce is the end. After enduring so many months of negotiation, paperwork, deadlines, heartache and perhaps even frustration or anger; when the divorce judgment is finally granted, it can feel all at once like an incredible burden lifted –…

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Hello 2018

Resolution: Divorce. What To Do Now If You’ve Decided To Divorce In 2018

If you’re thinking about getting a divorce in 2018, you’re on the clock. Every divorce in California must start with a Petition and Response – meaning, you or your spouse must file official paperwork with the court stating your intent to divorce. (Learn more about the Petition and Response process here.) After the Petition is filed, it takes at least 6 months and one day – by law in California – to finalize your divorce. (Note: You won’t be automatically…

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California Divorce in Four Steps

Divorce in California is complicated. And it’s especially complicated if you’re not a divorce attorney. That’s why we work so hard at Hello Divorce to demystify the process. My latest webinar, California Divorce in Four Steps, walked through the divorce process, breaking it down into four manageable steps, so you know exactly what to expect, every part of the way. During the webinar, I talk about how to file for divorce, how to handle the complex financial disclosure process, walk…

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