The Importance of a Good Budget in Divorce

Christmas is the season for spending.  You might ignore your budgets that time of year but don’t ignore your budget when you are going through a divorce!!  Your budget is one of your most, if not the most, important documents that will be used in your divorce. Budgets should reflect the changes divorce brings In any divorce, […]

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Top Ten Most Expensive States to Divorce

North Carolina didn’t make the top ten most expensive places to divorce, but our neighbor Virginia and our close neighbor Georgia did.  So it’s not just the northeast and California that are expensive.  According to a study released by Nolo, a self-help legal publisher, the typical divorce costs $15,500. And as the most common hourly rate […]

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Going Back to Work After Divorce

Returning to work is an emotional challenge! Are you a stay at home parent looking at divorce?  Most of my mediation cases involve a stay-at-home parent, usually Moms. It takes a while to emotionally come to terms that your lifestyle will change during and after your divorce.  Going back to work is a change that […]

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Same Sex Divorce Faces Unique Challenges

  Same-sex divorces face unique challenges Now that same-sex marriage is legal, these couples not only face the same issues that opposite-sex couples do when it comes to divorce, they actually face even more complicated issues when it comes to divorce. For instance, when did the couple marry?  Same-sex couples who lived together for many years […]

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What is a Financial Affidavit in Divorce?

  There is a specific legal format for presenting financial information to in divorce court so that it is presented uniformly.  In most divorce cases, you and your spouse will have to prepare and file a “Financial Affidavit”.  (Note: Financial Affidavits are called different things in different states. For example, in New Jersey, it’s called […]

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Deductible Alimony Disappears in 2019

Deduction of alimony ends soon for new divorces One of the changes brought about in the recent tax reform act was the elimination of the ability to deduct alimony payments starting in 2019.  Under current law, alimony payments are deductible by the payor and taxable to the payee.  Alimony that is in effect, or goes […]

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How to make joint custody work in the summer

Thank you, Leah Villalobos, CDFA, for sharing this guest blog on such an important topic. Additional information about Leah can be found below. How to make joint custody work in the summer Coordinating schedules when you’re divorced and have joint custody of the children can be trying at the best of times. When summer vacations roll […]

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Affordable Divorce? Yes it’s Possible!

When I tell people what I do, I say I help people have a kinder, less fearful, more affordable and financially guided (or smart) divorce.  Working with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) is a smart solution for having an affordable divorce, and this is why. Where I live, the typical family law attorney retainer […]

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Social Security Benefits and Divorce

Social Security benefits if you are divorced SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND DIVORCE Social Security benefit rules are complex and confusing, and even more so when you get a divorce.  It’s important for planning purposes to know what your cash flow will be after divorce, especially if you are over 50.    Attorneys don’t provide you […]

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