7 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 in order to prevent struggling financially after divorce. I know that right now, there is so much going on in your life, you may not have given much thought to getting your divorce financial picture under control. But, plain and simple: your financial situation is likely going to change dramatically, both during and after divorce.  There are…

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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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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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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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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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Choosing the Right Legal Help for Your Divorce

While Hello Divorce is less than a couple years old, I have been a practicing family law attorney for over a decade at Levine Family Law Group. A couple weeks ago a client came in for a second opinion. He had hired a lawyer 6 weeks prior and wasn’t even sure if his legal team had filed a petition to divorce, and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone in his attorney’s office about the status of his case. Honestly,…

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5 Ways to Get Your Divorce “Unstuck”

OK, so you feel totally stuck. All you want is closure and yet your divorce is lingering on and on. You’ve tried everything. You’ve tried nothing. You don’t have any clue what to do next. You have a list so long you don’t know where to start. Relate to any of this? First things first, are you really stuck? To know me is to know that it drives me crazy that everywhere we look, divorce is seen as an event.…

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This is Why You Need a Strategy for Your Divorce

We view divorce as an event. As if one day you announce, “I’m getting a divorce,” and the next day your marriage is over. The truth is, it’s a journey. It’s a process. It’s a method by which you transition out of your marriage and re-prioritize your relationships, especially your relationship with yourself. Sometimes there is still love. Sometimes the love that once was has long been extinguished. As renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel says, “Ending a marriage goes beyond the…

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The Best Divorce Advice Ever Given or Received (From People Who’ve Been There)

Whether you’re at the beginning of the divorce process or in the thick of it, I can’t stress enough how helpful it can be to share your experience with others who are in or have gone through a divorce. Connecting with someone who’s been in your shoes can help put things in perspective, or at least make you feel a little less alone. If you don’t already have a friend who has gone through divorce, you can seek out a…

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