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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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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Preparing to Divorce? Don’t Play “I Spy”

With the increase in accessibility of GPS technology, Spyware and other apps, you know longer need special spy equipment or to hire a private investigator to snoop on your spouse. Most smart phones and other mobile devices have the capability built-in. But just because you have the ability, should you use that technology? Experts say proceed with extreme caution.

“Increasingly, couples are turning to the latest technology to spy on each other as their marriages fall apart, according to dozens of divorce lawyers, investigators and even a leading family court judge whom NPR interviewed,” say National Public Radio (NPR) reporters Aarti Shahani and Lauren Silverman in a recent story that aired on Read more . . .

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year, New Life?

Consider These Five Tips When Thoughts Turn to Divorce

If you’re thinking of ending your marriage in the new year, you’re not alone. January is “divorce month” with the number of filings increasing by one-third more than normal. Why? Many couples may have decided to postpone the inevitable to not disrupt the holidays, or some just determine to make a clean break with the start of a new year.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Series Part 2: Divorced with Kids? It’s Time to Santa-Up!

Although it’s the season to be jolly, some divorced couples with children may find themselves saying, “Ba-hum-bug!” as the realities of shared custody set in. Just because you can’t celebrate a classic Norman Rockwell family holiday, you don’t have to turn into the Grinch. Here are four ways to manage sharing your kids without losing your holiday spirit. 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

‘Tis the Season: Five Strategies for Surviving the Holidays Despite Divorce

Memories of Christmas’ past can be haunting. If you’re divorcing or divorced, the season can become an emotional minefield — especially if your split is contentious. And if you have young children, the problems may be compounded by custody arrangements.

Beneath all these challenges is a season that society tells us should be the happiest time of our lives. When your reality doesn’t match up with this ideal, it’s easy to feel downright depressed.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

10 Things Parents Should Avoid In A Divorce

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At the beginning of most marriages, divorce is likely the last thing on the bride and groom's minds.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Is There A Divorce Gene? New Research Says, Yes

We pass along eye and hair color and a host of other biological traits, but is it possible that divorce is in your DNA? Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden believe it’s true; and their findings will soon be published in the journal Psychological Science.

The scientists analyzed Swedish population registries and found that people who were adopted resembled their biological -- but not adoptive -- parents and siblings in their histories of divorce.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ring Tones: What should you do with your marriage bands after you divorce?

Your engagement ring and/or wedding band are often the first outward symbols of commitment to your partner. But when uncoupling, dispensing of that marital bling may be the last thing you consider — and one of the hardest to reconcile. For many men and women, taking off that band is the first step towards accepting a new chapter in their lives.

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