The information contained in these articles is of general interest, and should not be relied on for specific advice in your case.
Mistakes to Avoid When Dividing Assets
When you find yourself starting down the road of divorce, it is understandable why emotions run high and new stressors occur rapidly. There are so many things that need to be considered, from child custody and support to dividing your financial landscape in two. However, one thing is sure: don’t wait to learn that you made mistakes in your asset division after the smoke clears. It’s important that you and your spouse completely understand what is at stake by dividing your financial assets. When you utilize the collaborative divorce process, you can be reassured that you and your partner are […]Read more
Managing Grief in Divorce
Many people do not understand how hard getting a divorce is. The media doesn’t often portray how emotionally draining the process is and how it can linger long after the marriage has been dissolved. Studies have shown that divorcees often experience grief at the same level as losing a loved one. When you divorce using a collaborative divorce model, you and your spouse will work with the team to find a path forward that is agreeable to all involved. The team consists of an attorney for each spouse, a financial neutral, and can also include mental health experts and child […]Read more
“My fiancée wants a prenup, what do I do?”
(Phone rings, Lawyer answers): Good morning, Law Offices, how can I help you? (Potential client): I’m getting married in 6 months, and my fiancée wants a prenuptial agreement. Lawyer: I’m so glad you didn’t wait till the last minute. It can take a while to complete a prenup, and its better not to be under a time pressure when you already have so many other things to plan when getting married. First, let me share with you that I only do these agreements collaboratively. Client: I don’t know what that means, can you explain? Lawyer: Sure, let me start by […]Read more
How To Help Your Children Through Your Divorce
When you are going through a divorce, there are many things you need to take into account, and one of the most important parts to consider is how you can help your children process the divorce. In the collaborative divorce process, your divorce is viewed holistically. You and your family are paired up with attorneys, financial neutrals, and mental health experts who are experienced in dealing with divorce. As we get to know our clients and begin to understand their family dynamics, we often bring in a divorce coach and child specialist to help co-parent and preserve the family unit. […]Read more
Tips for Maintaining Your Finances During Your Divorce
One thing is for sure, taking financial advice from your friends and family can be catastrophic to your financial landscape moving forward long after your divorce has been finalized. When you and your spouse choose to engage in the collaborative divorce process, financial professionals are ready to help understand your family’s financials privately, no matter how complex they are. When we meet with couples, our financial experts often like to share a few thoughts to help couples through the process. Here are a few: Don’t share your financial situation Decide early on what areas are non-negotiable – what can and […]Read more
How To Take Care of Your Mental Health During Your Divorce
Every year we learn more and more about how our mental wellbeing is vital to our long-term health and happiness. Back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, no one paid much attention to mental health issues, let alone the impact of how stress played out in our lives, including our children’s. But in today’s society, we have learned that the stress level of divorce is similar to the death of an immediate family member, and at times the stress can be crushing. With that level of emotional distress, the collaborative divorce process aligns well with helping families deal with the emotional […]Read more
Divorce and Taxes: Who Gets to Deduct What?
Divorce and taxes can be two stressful situations to deal with and most couples are unsure how to complete their taxes once their divorce is finalized. The good news is when you and your spouse opt for a divorce through a collaborative process, you are supported by a team of experts, one of which is a financial neutral who can help you wade through and weigh out the financial changes that will occur, including your tax liability after your divorce has been finalized. Typical child expenses that concern divorcing parents include the following: Whomever your child lives with the most […]Read more
How Does A Gray Divorce Affect the Family?
Divorcing over the age of 50, often referred to as gray divorce, can be extremely difficult to wade through for many reasons. Often in a court litigated traditional divorce, family members get pitted against each other. The long-term emotional fallout can be devastating to everyone involved and for generations to come. Gray divorces come through marriages that have many decades of marriage under their belt and adult children and grandchildren in their family unit. Adult children often feel blindsided because they never felt their parents would divorce after their years together. It can be a gut-wrenching experience for adult family […]Read more
What Expenses Are Covered By Child Support?
Divorce can be messy. It’s a process that has many items to consider, and the most important part of your divorce will be how you and your partner find ways to support your children after your divorce is finalized. When you work with the collaborative divorce process, a team of experts will help you learn to communicate through co-parenting. Divorce coaches will help you learn to communicate with each other. You will also develop a child care plan that includes paying child support and what that will cover. During the collaborative process, our team of experts will work with the […]Read more
How To Cope With the Stress of Divorce
Many equate the stress and grief level of marital separation close to the level of death of a loved one. There are many ups and downs and twists and turns during a divorce. Your emotional well-being is stretched very thin. But there is a process that can help. When you choose to use the collaborative divorce process, there is a team of experts that can help you, your partner and your children. They are a team of mental health experts, divorce coaches, neutral financials and attorneys who are well trained in assisting you and your spouse to work through your […]Read more