They tried to take custody of my son because I came out as gay. Here’s how I won.

We all get married for different reasons. For me, it was a rite of passage. I grew up knowing that one day I’d marry a man, live in a house with a white picket fence, a dog, a cat and 2.5 children. I worked hard to fit into that mold. And, I did. I married a man, we had a son together, and we stayed married for 13 years.  I put on a good show and a happy face and…

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Is Your Toxic Ex Really That Toxic? Maybe it’s Time to Reshape the Narrative 

When you see or talk to your ex (or soon-to-be-ex), do you have a strong emotional reaction? Are you constantly reminded of the ways they hurt you? Do thoughts of your “toxic ex” fill you with rage such that you want to fire off mean or snarky texts, or stare them down at your child’s basketball game?  Or, are you excited and anxious to not have to “put up with” them any more?   Are you sick and tired of being…

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Marriage Story Best Picture Nominee

Marriage Story: Best Picture Nominee, But is it an Accurate Portrayal of Divorce?

Legally speaking: just how “real” is Marriage Story, anyway? This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Netflix film Marriage Story Best Picture nominee. But, as you’ll gather from the press, the clips and everything surrounding the movie: Marriage Story is actually not about marriage—unless you think divorce an inevitable part of marriage (ahem…it’s not).   Marriage Story is not just anyone’s story. It’s the story of the film’s director, Noah Baumbach. And it’s not just any divorce story—it’s…

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New Year, New Podcast: Tune in to the Hello Divorce Podcast today!

The Hello Divorce Podcast: good advice, on demand. When you’re lacing up your shoes for your next run, walk, or a trip to the mailbox, make sure to grab your earbuds – because I’ve started a brand-new podcast!  Why? Well, I’m already in your inbox with tips and advice weekly (sign up here!), I’m in your social media feed on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, and you can take advantage of a free 15-minute call with me or a member…

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Goodbye, 2019: A few Hello Divorce Highlights (…But the Best is Yet to Come)

I know we’re all saying it right now, but man – that went by quick. As I wrapped up my final tasks today, I took a few minutes to reflect on what an incredible, fortunate year we’ve had. 2019 brought us so many opportunities, and so many chances to help new clients navigate their way to their next chapter. I’m so proud of the work my team and I have accomplished this year, and of the number of people we’ve…

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2019 Divorce Holiday Survival Guide

Your 2019 Divorce Holiday Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Rise Above the Holiday Stress Mess 

We are supposed to enjoy the holidays. And usually, we do. Or, at least some of the time. But when you are divorcing in December, sometimes the holidays feel completely overwhelming. For weeks you are distracted with holiday planning, shopping, school events and work deadlines. Then all of a sudden, EVERYTHING hits you like a ton of bricks. We get it – Which is exactly why we turned to our friends who have survived divorce-related-holiday-overwhelm to bring you our 2019…

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Getting the Cheapest Divorce Possible: My Best Advice

“How can I get the cheapest divorce possible?”  I get a lot of questions about how to get the cheapest divorce possible. And for good reason: the average cost of divorce in California is $27,000 – per person. That’s insane. At Hello Divorce, we’re proud that we’ve managed to lower the average cost of divorce for our users to just $1,500. We’ve done that by speeding up the paperwork process through our Divorce Navigator app, which helps you complete all…

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thanksgiving single mom

Guest Blog by Wendy Sterling: An Unapologetically Single Mom Thanksgiving Tradition

Can a single mom Thanksgiving be an opportunity to reshape the holiday? Wendy Sterling says yes. For many of us, Thanksgiving brings up feelings of sadness, loneliness, and dread – especially those of us going through or recovering from a divorce: our first single mom Thanksgiving. Instead of looking forward to leaves falling from the trees, baking, and the smell of pumpkin spice, we feel the dread of knowing this is the year they will spend Thanksgiving with their Dad.…

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California divorce meditation

California Divorce: Meditations to Help You Stay Positive

Whether you’re outside or inside California, divorce meditations like these can help you stay focused on what matters. I’ve been a practicing divorce lawyer for 15 years. I’ve helped couples dissolve marriages that neither party wanted to continue. I’ve helped individuals going through divorce who were blindsided and never saw it coming, and I’ve helped people find the right words to tell their partner they want to separate. I’ve seen and learned a lot, and I have channeled all of…

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quotes about divorce

The 15 Most Relatable Divorce Quotes Ever

Well, I’d say these 10 quotes about divorce pretty much sum it all up. I’ve been in the divorce industry for a long time. 15 years. First (and currently) as the managing attorney of Levine Family Law Group, and now as the CEO and Founder of Hello Divorce. Over the years, I have overheard clients and their spouse’s talk about everything from parenting schedules and equalization payments to reimbursements for funds spent on hookers and drugs. But every so often,…

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