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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

For Better or Worse?


Studies show your personal wellness is directly linked to the health of your marriage

Why are people so drawn to saying I do? All romance aside, there may be practical reasons why humans commit to relationships. Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the benefits — and the detriments — of marriage. Recent studies concur that while happy marriages have a big impact on overall wellbeing and longevity, toxic relationships can take a big toll on your health.

The most recent of these reports comes from Harvard University where the latest findings in a longevity study revealed that good, close relationships predicted both happiness and healthiness. The study spanned 75 years and collected data from more than 700 men from a cross-section of socio-economic and educational backgrounds.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Divorce Like a Celebrity


Five lessons to consider from high-profile splits

Celebrities seem to marry and divorce like the rest of us change our oil. Some break ups are messy. Others are neat and tidy. Regardless of the details, the churn of Hollywood romance keeps us enthralled — and keeps the tabloids in business. Why do celebrity splits fascinate us? Maybe we feel a little better about our own not-so-perfect lives knowing that no matter how successful, famous, attractive and wealthy you are, you can experience failed relationships.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Worth A Thousand Words


A family photo goes viral as it recasts divorce stereotypes

There’s a photo on Facebook that’s becoming famous. It depicts a beautiful Mom and a handsome Dad and a cute little boy. They sit close together, grinning from ear to ear, the boy proudly wedged between them. The photo of Victoria Baldwin, Adam Dyson and their son Bruce looks just like a million other family portraits. But, actually, there’s something very unique about this picture.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Twelve Steps to a Happier Life


Al-Anon family support groups provide a way to overcome anxiety. Could they help you?

Among the many issues families face, addiction is one of the most difficult. An estimated 47% of the adult U.S. population suffers from at least one addiction, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Evaluations & the Health Professions.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ending or Beginning?

Starting over in the second half of life often takes a leap of faith and a shift in perspective.

The kids are grown. The nest is empty. Careers are winding down. And, for a growing number of couples at this major crossroads in life, marriage also comes into question. A 2016 report by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research revealed that between 1990 and 2014 the divorce rate doubled among adults over the age of 50. For those over the age of 65, divorces tripled. Making major changes in mid-life may be intimidating, but it can also become an opportunity for starting anew.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Who Gets the... Pets?

Coming to terms with custody of family pets

You want the wedding china; he wants the oriental rug. No problem. But if you’re a pet-owning couple who’s divorcing, sorting out custody of your beloved pets can become a major point of contention. Fortunately, divorce law is picking up speed when in comes to rulings on who gets Fido and Fluffy.


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Taxing Matters - How Uncle Sam Weighs in On Divorce

The end of a marriage brings about many changes in life. One you may not have considered is how divorce will affect the way you file your annual income tax return. It’s important to be aware of tax considerations when drafting your divorce agreement so you’re not caught off guard   when April 15 rolls around.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friend Me - How to reclaim relationships during and after divorce


For many couples, divorcing can also mean a shift in relationships with mutual friends. Ironically, just at a time when you need friends, you may find yourself lacking support. Retaining existing friendships and forging new ones becomes more important than ever as you move forward with your life. Consider these five suggestions for sustaining and building your network of friends.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Assessing Your Options: Divorce Mediation Could A Third-Party Negotiator Make Your Divorce Easier?

Divorce is not one size fits all. Although the Hollywood version of divorce often depicts couples fighting it out before a judge, 90% of all divorces are settled out of court. A variety of factors — such as whether or not minor children are involved, alimony is being disputed, or when there are hi-net worth assets — may influence the way you go about divorce.  Depending upon the situation, mediation is one means of resolving issues that divorcing couples may find useful.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Strings Attached: Financial Abuse Defined

Four Strategies to Put Into Action

Although it often goes undetected, over one in 12 Americans experiences financial abuse.[1] It is often tied to cases of domestic violence, but can also occur in situations in which there is no other violence or abusive conduct. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, “financial abuse, while less commonly understood, is one of the most powerful methods of keeping a survivor trapped in an abusive relationship and deeply diminishes her ability to stay safe after leaving an abusive relationship.” [2]


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why Social Media May Not Be Your Friend

Guidelines for divorcing in the digital age

For most of us, social media is a daily part of our lives. We love to share everything from images of cute pets to our political rants. Even under the best circumstances, texts, email and social media posts may be misconstrued or taken out of context. But when you’re in the process of divorce, considering what you send —before you post— becomes even more important.

“Going through a divorce always results in heightened levels of personal scrutiny.


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