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Monday, May 13, 2019

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Five Essential Steps Women Should Take to Safeguard Health During Divorce

Those who have been through divorce often say it feels like their hearts were breaking. In truth, the emotional aspects of divorce can bring on physical manifestations that may lead to serious heart health issues. And although both men and women suffer when going through the process of divorce, research indicates that it may take a more serious physical toll on women. Understanding these risks –and what you can do to minimize them – are particularly important when going through the stress of divorce.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I’m Divorced. Now What? Five Essential Steps to Take:

You’ve met with your attorney, filed for divorce, hashed things out with your ex, divvyed up your assets. At long last, the day has arrived when a judge declares you divorced. Think you’re done with the divorce process? Think again.

When it comes to legal and financial matters, the days, weeks and months immediately following the legal finalization of your divorce are among the most important. This is the time when you follow through on the instructions laid out by your divorce agreement. In other words, just because the decree says you get the house and he gets the car, doesn’t mean those assets magically transfer ownership of themselves.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How to Have a Loving Relationship with ... Money: Rethinking your finances after divorce.

Divorce can open your eyes to many realities. Beyond considering future romantic relationships, you may realize a need to re-evaluate your feelings about financial matters. And it’s probably about time.

“One of the first things I had to do (after my divorce) was come to terms with what caused my problems with money in the first place,” writes divorcee Crystal Sands in an article for the Banger Daily News. “I had grown up poor, and I think a fear of ‘being without’ was driving me emotionally. I made a lot of poor purchasing decisions, including the money pit house from my first marriage. I didn’t understand that my efforts to surround myself with more were actually leading me down a path to less.”


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Monday, January 28, 2019

Six Reasons Why Women Are Happier After Divorce (And What Men Can Learn From Them)

When you’re going through a divorce it’s often hard to imagine ever feeling happy again. The very thought of starting over can be daunting. But if you’re in an unhealthy relationship, divorce can mean a fresh start. According to a 2013 study conducted by researchers at London's Kingston University, the majority of women were significantly happier than they’d ever been after divorce.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What I Wish I’d Known Before Getting Divorce: 7 Insights to Consider

Hindsight is 20-20 as the saying goes. When it comes to ending a marriage, a little foresight would go a long way to making smarter, more rational decisions. Although every divorce is different, if you’re embarking on the dissolution of your marriage, consider these seven insights from those who have been there.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

The Right Way to Divorce: Four Principles for a Harmonious Uncoupling

All too often divorcing couples create a lot of drama and discourse. Emotions run high and it’s easy to get carried away when your heart is broken and you feel you’ve been wronged. But fighting fire with fire only tends to cause more harm. As the Buddha put it: “When you pick up a hot coal to throw at your enemy, you may not hit your target, but you will always get burned.”


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy Divorce Day? Five Initial Steps in the Process of Divorce

For many unhappy couples who make it through the gauntlet of winter holidays, the first Monday after New Year’s marks an unofficial annual observation: Divorce Day. A British survey showed that one in five couples start considering divorce or separation once the Christmas festivities come to an end. Filing for divorce on the first business day of the first full week of the new year becomes the deciding moment.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Making a Tough Decision? How to Overcome Your Fears for a Happier New Year

Every day, we make choices. We pick Netflix or Hulu, paper or plastic, diet or caffeine-free. As consumers we constantly make choices to suit our needs. But when it comes to ending relationships, decision-making becomes much harder.

Ultimately, when choosing whether to remain in an unhappy relationship or take steps to leave, it’s important to determine whether you are making the choice out of a sense of love (for yourself, your children, even your spouse), or out of a sense of fear.


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Monday, October 29, 2018

Six Money Mistakes That Add Up When You’re Divorcing

Your relationship started out with feelings of love and desire. Now, as your divorcing it seems all you do is haggle over financial matters. Splitting assets becomes symbolic and can create feelings of resentment, even hatred, as the once loving relationship dissolves into an accounting of who gets what.


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Monday, October 1, 2018

Time for a Divorce Tune-Up?

An annual check-in with your attorney may give you peace of mind

Your divorce is final, and you’re ready to move onto your new life. But don’t delete your family law attorney’s contact information from your phone just yet.


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Monday, August 27, 2018

Could Your College Degree Contribute to Your Divorce?

Experts reveal that student loan debt may cause splits

Although there are many reasons why couples divorce, money is one of the common stressors that cause problems in relationships. Debt is a major contributor to that stress. For younger couples, that debt stress frequently comes from one source in particular: Student loans. On average, college grads matriculate with a diploma and $37,000 in loan debt.


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