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Financial Dangers of Living Separately (But Not Divorced)

It’s just a short hop from the holidays to what is known as “divorce season.” For the past 2 months, many people have been in holiday “limbo,” not making waves during this time of “goodwill.” I’ve counseled many women, often the lesser earners, who have remained in a separated-but-not-divorced "limbo" [...]

4 Ways to Minimize the Cost of Divorce

Whether mediating or litigating your divorce, costs can escalate quickly, especially if you are facing a complicated settlement. There are some simple ways, however, to help keep the cost of your divorce down. Here are 4 of them: Limit Email Communications Communicating with any divorce professional by email can substantially [...]

The Importance of Estate Planning During Divorce

At least once a year, I invite clients in to conduct portfolio and beneficiary reviews on all important documents. It’s a rare year where I don’t find at least one policy or investment where an ex-spouse is still named as the beneficiary of the policy proceeds. Since IRAs, retirement plans, [...]

How Much Do You Know About Your Marital Finances?

What if your spouse came home and announced he/she wanted a divorce? What would you do? Where would you start? The good news is, statistics show that the number of marriages that last to at least 15 years has been growing since the 1980s. That means the rate of divorce [...]

Life Is Short. Have an Affair.

Last week’s New York Times Technology headline, “The Ashley Madison Data Dump, Explained,” further delighted all who believe in the karma bus. The initial reports about the hack did not cover the moral aspect of cheating as much as the perils of being caught. Websites abound making the results easily [...]

Breadwinning Wife? 5 Ways to Prep for a Possible Divorce

Whether someone wants a divorce or not, getting organized and being prepared is essential. Alimony stems from the Latin word for nourishment or sustenance. The fundamental purpose of alimony (called spousal support in California) is to maintain the financial status quo. Societal norms have changed. Many women today are better [...]

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