Birmingham AL Collaborative Divorce Law Blog

Monday, May 14, 2018

Five Reasons Why Divorce is Difficult and How to Get Through the Tough Times

There is no denying that going through a divorce is one of the most difficult and stressful events you can encounter. The process can be draining emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. Facing the challenges head-on will not make it easier, but it can help you prepare for turbulent moments and provide some resolve as you weather the storm.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Good Grief: Five Steps for Acknowledging Loss

You longed for the day when your divorce would be final. Now that day has come, but you don’t feel like celebrating. Even when it is the healthiest resolution for all parties involved, divesting a relationship and all that entails will likely stir feelings of loss. Although it may be difficult, grief can be an important part of the healing process, says Dr. Karen Finn, life and divorce coach and author of On the Road from Heartbreak to Happiness.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

What Can You Learn From Divorce?

Just because your marriage didn’t “work out” doesn’t mean it’s been a total loss. Quite the contrary. It’s natural to have feelings of regret, shame, and sadness when your dream of a life together ends abruptly, but once you get beyond those initial feelings, divorce (like any adverse event) can become your greatest teacher.

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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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