Expert Tips for Negotiating Spousal Support

There are probably a million (or more) things you would rather be doing instead of negotiating spousal support with your ex. I get it. It can be such a hot button issue. So, I reached out to industry experts to get the best tips for how to discuss spousal support, to help you start the conversation on the most solid footing possible. Temporary vs Permanent Support “Some states have formulas which must be used to calculate spousal support (during the…

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How and Why This Cynic of “DIY” Law Built a DIY Divorce Platform

NEW! Our Divorce Navigator is LIVE! Complete and print official versions of California’s 20+ mandatory forms through our new app. Get access via your DIY Divorce subscription, and save $50 off your first month with code DIVNAV50. (Read more here.) For 10 years I have owned and operated a boutique family law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Every month, without fail, we receive one or two requests from people who used a do-it-yourself (DIY) legal website and had some kind of…

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Q&A with Mighty + Bright Founder, Sara Olsher, on Talking to Kids about Divorce + Co-Parenting with Cancer

If you are going through divorce with kids, you’ve likely been looking for ways to talk to them about what’s going on. You may have read some of the great resources and articles here on Hello Divorce about co-parenting, like How to Succeed at Raising Your Kids Together, Apart or 5 Co-Parenting Plan Resources We Love. If you have, you’ll have seen several mentions of Mighty + Bright. I adore Mighty + Bright and refer many of my clients to…

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Party of One: 4 Steps to Plan the Ultimate Pity Party (and Why You Need to Have One ASAP)

We’ve ALL been there… Something happens that just throws off our day/week/month and suddenly everything feels unmanageable and we wonder how we’ve found ourselves feeling like this, yet again. This, my friends, means it might be time to throw yourself a pity party. I know: this might sound weird, but hear me out! For so long, the term “pity party” has been used as a way to mock someone who is being overly dramatic in overreacting to a bad situation.…

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Announcing Your Divorce: How To & What to Consider Before You Share

Divorce is hard. Even a fairly amicable one. One of the first (outwardly) difficult parts includes breaking the news to those you friends and/or family members you know and love. After you’ve told your kids (if you have them), who do you tell next? At what point during the divorce process should you tell people? And how exactly do you tell people about a life change you may not be ready to discuss in detail? No two divorces are alike,…

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26 Ways to Win at Co-Parenting This Year (and Beyond)

If you’re here, you probably have a divorce story (or you’re about to have one). Mine goes like this: my husband and I had a stable if contentious relationship. We were typical, ecstatic first-time parents, and the first year of my daughter’s life was my happiest. When she was 14 months old, my husband went on a work trip to Greece. My phone rang. His boss was on the line. My husband had fallen off a cliff, and it was…

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Q&A: Dr. Kristin Davin, Psy.D. on The Top 3 Reasons Couples Seek Counseling (and Her Best Free Advice to Go With It)

Divorce is often the end of the road, the result of a long and difficult struggle to save a marriage. Many of my clients have tried couples counseling, individual therapy, coaching, and other ways of working on themselves or their marriage. And I often find myself wondering, Is there anything that could have been done earlier to prevent the heartache? What can couples learn from others who have struggled in their marriage? So, I turned to an expert. Dr. Kristin…

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Crush Your Post-Divorce Goals With These Helpful Tools

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Sainte-Exupery When it’s all over, it’s going to hit you like a ton of bricks: your divorce has been finalized. This process that has taken so much energy, surfaced so many emotions – finally, it’s done. Now what? My sincere hope is that you never have to ask yourself that question. Because the most centered, happy and confident people I’ve worked with have one thing in common: they…

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Jeff Bezos is getting divorced. Here’s how Hello Divorce can help him (and you).

Today we learned that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are planning to divorce after 25 years of marriage. My heart always sinks a little when I see news of a prominent couple getting divorced – especially when kids are involved. Yet, I also know that after 25 years of marriage, they likely did not make this decision overnight. There were probably months (if not years) of soulful, heartbreaking efforts and, in the end, they decided they would be better apart. And…

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New Year, New Laws: What You Need to Know About Divorce in 2019

If you’ve been weighing divorce and have decided that 2019 is the year you move to your next chapter, there are a few new laws you should know about before you file. Changes to Spousal Support When sweeping federal tax reform became law in late 2017, it included a big change to the way spousal support would be considered, beginning January 1, 2019. In the past, the spouse providing support would get a tax deduction for the payments, and the…

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