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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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Monday, August 20, 2018

New Study: Divorced Single Women May Not be Impacted at Retirement Time

When it comes to the financial aspects of divorce, parting ways and splitting assets often means a change in lifestyle. Divorce can also have long-reaching implications when it comes time for retirement. But a new study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) indicates that divorcees who remain single may not feel the sting.


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Monday, July 23, 2018

Can You Have A Good Divorce? Two Strategies for a Positive Approach

If the phrase “good divorce” seems a contradiction in terms, think again. Yes, it’s easy to become enmeshed in a competitive mentality, or overwhelmed with feelings of betrayal and resentment, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a healthy approach to getting through the often challenging uncoupling process. Take a cue from Heather  Locus,  a certified divorce financial analyst and author of The Next Chapter – A Practical Roadmap for Successfully Navigating Through, and Beyond, Divorce. In a recent article for forbes.com Locus outlines two essential strategies for transcending the ugliness of divorce.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Don’t Let Divorce Overwhelm You: Four Ways to Find Relief

Divorce at any time in life is difficult. Splitting up comes with complications and anxieties. Even if you initiated the divorce and feel ending your marriage is “for the best” where everyone is concerned, starting over may be intimidating — or even downright scary. But you can learn a lot from those who have been there, done that, and come out on the other side of divorce.


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Monday, June 25, 2018

How to Consider Your Divorce a Success

Here’s a radical thought: Just because your marriage failed doesn’t mean it was a failure. Reframing the way you think about your divorce, can be a game-changer. First, however, experts say you may have to rethink how you think about marriage.

“Your marriage has one goal," says, Hal Runkel, licensed marriage and family therapist, and registered conflict mediator in Atlanta, GA. “Marriage has evolved into a people-growing machine.”


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Monday, June 11, 2018

If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Now: Four Divorce Insights For Happy Couples

When a couple is getting along (or if they’re ignoring problems) it’s easy to set aside important aspects of the marital partnership. Divorce proceedings illuminate a host of practical issues that — while the couple was married — may have been left unattended. Too often, by the time couples end up in their divorce attorney’s office, it’s too late to save the relationship. And yet, there’s a lot of wisdom to be gleaned when going through the process of divorce.


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