divorce myths

Common Myths About Divorce Debunked

Part of making smarter decisions when it comes to your divorce is knowing what’s fact and what’s not. And unfortunately, these days it sometimes feels like we are living in the age of (mis)information. We hear divorce myths all the time in mediation sessions and client phone calls and what really frustrates us is that we often see them falsely reported in the media. Some are wacky rumors and other “facts” are widely-held assumptions. And what makes matters worse is

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solutions to common divorce problems

12 Little-Known Solutions to the Most Common Divorce “Problems”

After 16 years of helping people with divorce, I have a good sense of what is wrong with the divorce industry. At the top of the list is a lack of transparency for how it all works. This is partially brought on by the culture of lawyers hiding behind a fortress of information. Some attorneys fear you won’t need them if they give you answers. Even well-intentioned subject matter experts (i.e., divorce lawyers) often fail to provide a solution that

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Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

10 Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

After 16 years in the divorce industry, I’ve seen firsthand how mistakes in the divorce process can lead to a bad outcome. I don’t want that for you. That’s why I’m sharing exactly what to do to avoid making a move that could impact your economic well-being. Some of these you may have heard before (although it’s good to be reminded), but lots are even more important in light of COVID-19. Mistake 1: Ignoring your credit If all your credit

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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. There are ways to make adjustments now (and later) so you can continue to make payments, albeit at a level more appropriate for the state of your current income. In general, keep in mind that any adjustments made to spousal and child support payments will

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struggling financially after divorce

Seven Steps You Can Take Right Now to Prevent Struggling Financially After Divorce

As a certified divorce financial planner and certified financial planner in California for eight years, I’ve helped thousands of people get their accounts to prevent struggling financially after divorce. I know that right now, so much is happening in your life, you may not have given much thought to getting your divorce financial picture under control. Plain and simple: Your financial situation is likely to change dramatically, both during and after divorce.  There are joint accounts to be closed. Property

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To Finalize Your California Divorce, You’ll Need to Make Decisions on Property, Custody, and Support

In order to finalize your divorce, you’re going to need to come to agreement with your ex on a few key things. Decisions will need to be made about dividing property and debt, child custody, and child/spousal support—and you’ll both be better off if you can make these decisions yourselves, without the court intervening. It might feel right now like you and your soon-to-be ex can’t agree on anything. But if you want that final decree of divorce, you’ll need

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negotiating spousal support

Expert Tips for Negotiating Spousal Support

There are probably a million things you would rather be doing than negotiating spousal support with your ex. We get it. It can be such a hot button issue. To help you get through it, we reached out to industry experts for their best tips. Read this article for tips to help you start the conversation on solid footing. Understand how support is calculated Some states have formulas that must be used to calculate spousal support (during the divorce proceedings

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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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