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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Marriage Story Best Picture Nominee

Marriage Story: Is This Best Picture Nominee an Accurate Portrayal of Divorce?

Legally speaking, just how “real” is Marriage Story, anyway? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named the Netflix film Marriage Story a Best Picture nominee. But Marriage Story is actually not about marriage—unless you think of divorce as 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 the story of a divorce driven by a

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Cheapest Divorce Hello Divorce

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 of

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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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selling your home in divorce

Selling Your Home in Divorce? Here are Six 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 determining how to split it may seem overwhelming. As a realtor who has gone through a divorce myself, here are a few things to think about to help make the process as smooth and painless as possible. Reach an agreement on what will happen to the home. The first thing you need

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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

How to Work with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

The separation of financial assets is one of the most complicated parts of the divorce process. Working with a certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA) can help you make smart, informed decisions and lighten your load as you transition to your new life.  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

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