Two things most sane people seek to avoid are divorce and taxes. Unfortunately, when you’re going through a divorce, not paying attention to taxes can cost you thousands. That's especially true with the new tax law changes going into effect this year and next. Now more than ever, not understanding … Read more about Divorce and Taxes: Will the New Tax Law Changes Cost You More?
Karen’s Divorce Blog: Practical Information to Get You Through Your Divorce
If you’re going to get divorced, it usually doesn’t matter too much when you do it. Unless your business is on the verge of going public, or you’re about to inherit a million dollars, the timing of your divorce is generally not a big deal. But now that Congress has changed the alimony tax deduction, … Read more about The Alimony Tax Deduction: Will 2018 Be the Best Year to Divorce?
Pilots use them. Surgeons use them. Lawyers use them. Professionals all around the world use checklists to make sure that complex tasks get completed properly and that nothing gets missed. Of all the tools you use in your divorce, a divorce checklist can be the one that makes the biggest … Read more about Can a Divorce Checklist Help You Avoid These 10 Common Divorce Mistakes?
You’ve been wrestling with the idea of getting a divorce for months – maybe years. You’ve finally decided that you’re ready. (Or you’ve realized that, ready or not, you just can’t take it anymore!) You know you want a divorce. The biggest question you have now is: Now what? The Biggest Challenge … Read more about I Want a Divorce! … Now What? (7 First Steps When You’re Facing Divorce)
Your marriage is over. You know it. You’re dealing with it. But the thought of losing your dog or cat along with your spouse is tearing your heart out. You’re willing to fight for your furry friend. The problem is: so is your spouse! You’ll share if you have to. But, is pet custody even a … Read more about Pet Custody: Who Gets the Dog in Divorce?
Everything happens in its own time. But, when it comes to divorce, it seems like nothing happens on time or in time! It’s bad enough that getting a divorce is like having an ice-pick driven through your heart. But the way that divorces drag on and on makes the pain so much worse. You wish you could … Read more about How to Set A Divorce Timeline (That Works!)
Your marriage isn’t going well. ... Okay, your marriage pretty much sucks. But the thought of getting a divorce is terrifying! You’re not even sure you want a divorce. You just want your marriage to change. You want your life to change. Maybe a trial separation will help. The problem is, … Read more about 3 Things You MUST Agree On For A Trial Separation to Work
Maybe you’re just starting to think about divorce. Or, maybe you’re in the middle of your divorce, but you’ve been so busy that you missed some blog posts that could help you a ton! Or maybe you’re a divorce professional just scoping for good stuff. No matter who you are, if you’re looking for my … Read more about Top 10 Best Divorce Blog Posts of 2017
Politicians and lawyers both have a reputation for never giving a straight answer to a simple question. So, when asked, "Do divorced parents have to pay for their children's college expenses?" like any good lawyer, the answer I usually give is, "it depends." How to Figure Out if You May Have to Pay … Read more about Do Divorced Parents Have to Pay for their Children’s College Expenses?
Mediation costs less money, takes less time, and gives you more privacy and control over the outcome of your divorce than contested litigation ever will ... when it works. The problem is, it doesn’t always work. If your spouse is determined to fight to the death, or is purposely hiding money, or … Read more about 10 Divorce Mediation Tips to Make Your Divorce Mediation a Success
Divorce can be awkward. When your friend tells you that s/he just got divorced, you can never be sure whether you’re supposed to say, “I’m sorry,” or “Congratulations!” Divorce gifts are no better. Divorce gifts can be funny, sensitive, crude or cringe-worthy! Sending a divorce gift to someone … Read more about Top 10 Unusual Divorce Gifts for Your Divorcing Friend (or You!)
Narcissists love to win. Divorce, to them, is a game. That makes divorcing them in any reasonable kind of way extremely challenging. Their expectations are usually unrealistic. They don’t feel a need to compromise. Even if you don’t think of your divorce as a game, at some point you can’t help but … Read more about 10 Tips for How You Can “Win” When Divorcing A Narcissist
If you’re not happy with your divorce lawyer, you’re not alone. Divorce lawyers are like undertakers. When you need them you need them. But, no one is ever excited about having to hire them. For better or for worse, it’s not uncommon to have problems with your divorce lawyer. They’re chronically … Read more about Not Happy With Your Divorce Lawyer? 3 Simple Steps To Decide If It’s Time For A Change
Many people see divorce as a game – and one they definitely want to win! Actually, they don’t just want to win. They also want to make sure their spouse loses! To achieve those ends, these players adopt divorce strategies that they believe will catapult them ahead of their spouse. What they don’t … Read more about 7 Divorce Strategies to Avoid (Unless You’re a Masochist!)
By the time you’re done with your divorce, you usually want to be done with your ex, too. Unfortunately, if you have kids together, talking to your ex is not optional. You’re going to have to talk to your ex about schedules, money, parenting issues, and more. What’s more, you’re going to have to … Read more about 10 Tips for How to Talk to Your Ex About the Kids (Without Losing it!)
If you ask any lawyer why divorce is so expensive s/he will tell you that it’s because conflict costs money. The more you and your spouse fight, the more your divorce will cost. But, saying that fighting is what drives up the cost of divorce is like saying that eating the wrong foods will make … Read more about The Real Reason That Divorce is so Expensive
Like most people, you really believed your marriage was going to be forever. You thought you would beat the odds. But you didn’t. Your marriage is over. You know it in your head. But your heart can’t seem to adjust. No matter what you do, you just can’t figure out how to let go. What Are You Trying … Read more about How to Let Go When You Want to Hang On: 7 Tips for Moving Forward
Your divorce has turned ugly. Or, maybe it’s just complicated. Either way, you’ve been told you have to show up for a deposition. You feel like throwing up. You’re not sure what a divorce deposition is, but you’re pretty sure that surviving a divorce deposition is not going to make your top ten list … Read more about 25 Tips For Surviving A Divorce Deposition
If you are a parent and you are facing divorce, one of the first things you probably thought about was, “What is going to happen with the kids?” You have visions of having to spend weekends and holidays without them. You worry about what will happen to the kids when they are not with you. Most of … Read more about How to Make a Co-Parenting Schedule That Works!
A house is more than a bunch of bricks and two-by-fours. It’s even more than just a place to live. A house represents stability, security, and status. For most of us, our home is also the biggest asset we have. It’s no wonder that so many people fight to keep the house in a divorce! But, should … Read more about 6 Reasons NOT to Keep the House in a Divorce
We all know that divorce, especially high conflict divorce, can be devastating. Plenty of people are so traumatized that it takes them years to recover from divorce. Really high conflict divorces have even been known to cause post traumatic stress disorder. Yet, while some divorcees struggle to … Read more about Post Traumatic Growth: The Ultimate Way to Recover From Divorce
When you are facing divorce, one of the first questions that comes to mind (after OMG, what the @&/$! am I going to do now?!!!) is, “How do I find a good lawyer?” Knowing how to choose a divorce lawyer who will provide you with the legal advice you need, at a price you can afford, and be the … Read more about 10 Tips for How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer Who Will Be Right for You
No one in their right mind wants to spend years of their lives, and tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars fighting a contested divorce. That’s probably why so many people start their divorce believing that it will be uncontested. They want to believe their divorce will be amicable. A few … Read more about If One of These Things is True, You’re Headed For a Contested Divorce
When your spouse first says, “I want a divorce,” you feel like you just got sucker-punched by the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Time slows down, and everything seems a little surreal. Even if you were the one who decided to pull the trigger on your divorce, you probably still don’t feel much … Read more about How to Deal With Heartbreak [29 Tips to Get You Through the Pain]