There’s no doubt that divorce takes a lot of time and energy out of a Mom — energy you’d rather be spending on your children.  Feeling powerless to find the extra time to devote to your children during a very stressful time in your life and theirs can lead to “mom guilt,” a condition that…

Divorce can be more difficult than the norm if you are divorcing a business partner as well as a spouse.  There are several options you can explore — sell the business and split the profits, have one spouse buy the other spouse out, or continue to operate the business together.  Here are some thoughts on…

Good planning is essential to making a successful start to getting a divorce. Even though you may feel you are ready from an emotional standpoint, you need to be sure you are legally prepared before you file.  Here are five planning tips to help you prepare for a divorce: #1: Talk with an experienced divorce…

Not every divorce is bad for children.  If there is a lot of conflict between their parents, some children may even feel a sense of relief when they learn their parents are getting divorced.  While there are a number of good reasons for divorce, parents may feel that staying together for the benefit of the…

The one thing just about everyone can agree to about divorce is that no one wants it to drag on and on.  Getting a divorce done quickly (relatively speaking) is possible, but it requires some effort on the part of both spouses to work together toward a fair and equitable settlement.  If you’ve made the…

When your “I do” becomes an “I don’t,” you will be facing a number of decisions that can have a profound effect on your life — and the lives of your children if you have them — for years to come.  Use this 5-step roadmap to help you navigate your way through your divorce so…

Long gone are the days when family courts would almost automatically award custody and support to women in divorce cases.  The changing roles of men and women in the workforce and the marriage equality movement are now reflected in our laws regarding the family, blurring traditional gender roles and making it just as likely that…

According to the Social Security Administration, women receive 24% less in Social Security benefits than men do, the result of women typically having spent fewer years in the workforce and earning less than their male counterparts. In addition to having a lower benefit, women also depend more on Social Security for their living expenses.  The…

When a partner has an affair — either physical or emotional — it can tear a marriage apart.  Whether or not infidelity leads to divorce depends on several factors, the most important being if both partners are committed to rebuilding the trust on which a good marriage is built. If your marriage has suffered from…

Retirement accounts are typically one of the major assets married couples have. These accounts are considered marital property if they were acquired during the marriage. Couples who divorce as they are nearing retirement need to consider the long-term worth of each asset; trading away retirement assets in order to keep the house may be a…