I Didn’t See it Coming. But I’ve Moved On, and You Can, Too.

I didn’t see it coming. I thought we were a happy couple. We were together over 20 years; we were best friends, we shared everything. We laughed, we made plans for the future. And then I was blindsided. There were (and still are) so many unanswered questions. What did I do wrong? When did he stop loving me? Is there someone else?  Time stood still. The days felt endless and the nights were worse. Going to bed alone, I never…

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What the Bleep is Divorce? (aka Answers to all the questions that feel too overwhelming to ask.)

First off, what is divorce? You’d think it would be obvious. After all, everyone knows someone who has been or is getting divorced. But it’s not. Divorce isn’t rocket science. But it’s confusing and a process. It’s essentially filing a lawsuit and as we all know, when a lawsuit is filed, you enter the legal system. & if you’ve ever dealt with a bureaucracy before (think: a frustrating encounter with the Department of Motor Vehicles), you know that there’s a…

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Your Marriage Will Probably End in Divorce, and That’s Totally Fine

Most marriages should end in divorce. We should plan accordingly. It’ll make our lives so much better. Even when standing at the altar, assume marriage isn’t for eternity. Instead, assume someday you might want out. And not just you. That person standing there with you, too. In that world, we’ll have happier marriages. With more honest communication and expectations. And happier divorces, as well. No failure. No gloom. Just a normal, expected outcome. In our modern world, half of marriages…

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When it’s Time to Move, Move Onward

I’m willing to bet that there isn’t anyone reading this post right now who hasn’t experienced heartbreak. Whether you’re going through it right now or cringing at the memory of a bad breakup in the past, you know how it feels. It sucks. Being sad might be the only feeling that feels good, beyond diving into a pint of Häagen Dazs or keeping your best friend on the phone for hours analyzing every second leading up to the breakup. Or,…

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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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Skip the Lawyer, Skip the Paperwork: Divorce Just Got a Lot Less Stressful in California

New “Divorce Navigator” Generates All 20+ Mandatory California Divorce Forms April 30, 2019, Oakland, CA – The cost of starting your next chapter in California got a lot easier and a lot more affordable today thanks to Hello Divorce, with the launch of the Divorce Navigator. The new, first-of-its kind application empowers those going through divorce to complete the 20+ forms required for California divorce in plain language, on their own – without having to fork out tens of thousands…

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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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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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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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