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Monday, April 23, 2018

Divorce-o-Meter: Four Signs That Your Marriage Might Be Over

Geologists and meteorologists can predict natural disasters by studying environmental causes and conditions. Why not take a scientific approach to the melt-down of marriage? As it turns out, social scientists uncovered some of the most common divorce predictors. A recent article in Business Insider revealed their findings.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Financial Wake Up Call for Women: It’s Time to Learn About Money Management

In generations past, traditional gender roles often ruled when making financial decisions. Men managed the money, managed investments and savings, and held the credit. This may sound arcane by today’s standards, but a recent report released by UBS Global Wealth Management showed that more than half (56%) of all married women leave investments and financial decisions to their husbands. Why? The majority (a whopping 85%) “believe their husbands know more about financial matters and investment topics,” according to the UBS report entitle, “Own Your Worth”.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Considering Divorce? Three Reasons to Take a Facebook Break

Social media can be a wonderful way to communicate with family and friends. But if you’re unhappy in your relationship, it can deepen your discontentment and may even lead to some less-than-wise actions. For this reason, Manhattan divorce attorney and author, James J. Sexton, cautions, "If you’re vaguely unhappy with your relationship or marriage, and especially if you’re more than vaguely unhappy with it: Stay away from Facebook.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Would You Pass China's Divorce Test?

Could divorcing couples in the U.S. learn something from their peers in China? Perhaps. Recently, Xi'an's Weiyang district have instituted a mandatory divorce test that couples must take before before being granted divorce papers to take to court. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Reality Check: Five Questions to Ask BEFORE Filing for a Divorce

On television and in the movies, when a couple decides to divorce they typically feud and fight, divvy up their assets, and make a fresh start. Real life divorce is (usually) a bit more complicated. Particularly when children are involved, surveys indicated that disgruntled married parties contemplate divorce for years before taking any action.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Conscious Uncoupling

Could Your Ex Be Your Greatest Teacher?

If your marriage is over, is that really “bad”? Could there be “good” in divorce? Before you pass a judgment on yourself and your relationship, holistic healers, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, encourage taking another look at what divorce can teach us. In their article, Conscious Uncoupling, they advocate considering break-ups as a means to a (happy) end.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Divorce Support Groups

Is a Divorce Support Group Right for You?

There are boot camps for getting back into physical shape. Why not a camp for people going through divorce and trying to reshape their lives? Thanks to Minnesota’s Jennifer Morris now there is just such a place. Morris created “Daisy Camp” twelve years ago after going through her own difficult divorce and realizing the need for a one-stop resource for support.

“I discovered that during my divorce there are so many decisions to make, at a time you are least emotionally equipped to make the most important decisions of your life,” Morris writes on her site DaisyCamp.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Is it Time for a Marital Detox? Five Signs Your Relationship Needs Help

We’re concerned about toxins in the air and in our food, but the toxins in our relationships can be just as detrimental to our mental, physical and spiritual health. Unfortunately, there’s no label or FDA warning that comes with an unhealthy marriages, but there are warning signs that can be detected — if you’re willing to look for them.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Avoiding the Slings and Arrows of Valentine’s Day

The day of hearts and roses is approaching. If you’re divorced or headed in that direction, re-envisioning the way you consider this Hallmark holiday could save you a lot of heartache. Here are five strategies to consider.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Five Steps To Finding Your Ideal Divorce Attorney

Hiring a divorce attorney is a process that most people aren’t prepared for until they are faced with the task. Divorce is one of life’s most stressful events, and making decisions while under duress can lead to less than wise choices. So how do you determine the best person to represent you and your interests?

First, take a deep breath. Selecting a family law specialist is an important decision and shouldn’t be made in haste. These five steps break down the process and can help you make an informed choice.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Taxing Matters: Reform Means Future Change for Divorced Couples

When you’re going through a divorce, one of the last things you probably consider is how it will impact your annual income tax. But understanding the basic tax consequences can help you plan accordingly — and eliminate an unpleasant surprise down the road.

Although you should always consult with a certified public accountant (CPA) or tax expert for tax-related questions, the following is a brief summary from the San Francisco Business Times of how the recent tax reform may affect you.

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