Family Law Matters

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stop the Break-up Yo Yo: Three Ways to Know if You’re in an Unhealthy Relationship Pattern

You love him. You love him not. You can’t live without her … but you can’t live with her either.

For a variety of reasons, many couples become stuck in what’s commonly known as a “yo yo” relationship. They split up and get back together again — until the next argument.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Save the Date: Should the 2019 Tax Law Influence When You Divorce?

If you’re considering ending your marriage there may be incentive to follow through on those plans sooner rather than later. For men and women who will be paying alimony under terms of your divorce decree, timing could make a big difference to your bottom line.

For the past 77 years, alimony has been deductible for the spouse paying it, and considered taxable income for the receiving spouse at a lower tax rate. Beginning in 2019, the change that.

For couples who divorce after December 31, 2018, the alimony payer will no longer be able to deduct alimony payments from his or her taxable income, and the alimony recipient will no longer claim payments as income.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Not Guilty: Four Ways End the Self-Blame Game

Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda. These are three phrases that can haunt us for decades after any decision, great or small. For many people who divorce, feelings of regret and guilt can be overwhelming.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

How to Heal After Divorce, No Passport Required

If you're looking for a summer read, one of the best post-divorce books is Eat. Pray. Love. a work of non-fiction by Elizabeth Gilbert. The story is based on her personal experiences and how she recovered from a painful divorce, embarked on a spiritual journey, and reclaimed her life. (Spoiler alert: Gilbert finds happiness.) Along the way she also discovers a lot about herself and what it means to open up to the possibilities of life after going through a painful split.

Most of us can't jet away for a year-long spiritual sabbatical, but if you're divorced or divorcing, you can use Gilbert’s approach to help get through the difficult times — without crossing a time zone.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Divorce & Children: How Toxic Relationships Cause Harm

Sitting in her therapist’s office, Birmingham mom Janet* choked back a sob, “I am so unhappy in my marriage, but I don’t want to hurt our children!” Janet’s therapist smiled compassionately, took a deep breath and uttered the words that Janet would carry with her through her divorce and beyond: “Leaving a relationship that’s causing you this much emotional anguish is not going to hurt your kids.”

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Can You Take a Vacation from Divorce?

With summer almost here, divorced couples with children will once again be doing the shared custody dance. As the established school schedule melts away quicker than an Eskimo Pie in Alabama, suddenly you’re faced with juggling vacations, camps, team practices, trips to grandmas and more. For divorced parents, summer can feel like like anything but a vacation.

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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 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 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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