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…

Ideally, parents going through a divorce make it a priority to work together to lessen the negative impact the divorce may have on their children.  Although it may be difficult for you to set aside your own marital differences during this stressful time, you can make the transition easier for your children if you follow…

In an effort to transition through your divorce relatively unscathed — both financially and emotionally – you will need to take an active role in attempting to keep things civil.  In other words, you have a role to play in maintaining the civility in your divorce. Long gone are the days when divorce was all…

According to a recent article in Psychology Today, how quickly and well you recover from a divorce depends largely on these 10 factors: 1.  The length of the marriage. The longer you and your spouse were together, the more entwined your lives became — which makes it more likely that it will take longer for…

The anticipation about life after divorce can produce more anxiety than the divorce itself, especially if it’s been a few decades since you were single.  Here are five steps to help you jumpstart your new life following a divorce: 1.  Prioritize your needs. After making your spouse and children a priority for years, it’s now…

One thing that couples divorcing only a decade ago didn’t have to take into consideration was their social media habits.  Today, with the vast majority of Americans living their lives out loud online, social media can be a virtual minefield when it comes to divorce.  Don’t supply evidence against you. Once your divorce is initiated,…

Since your home is typically the largest financial asset you own (and biggest expense), it’s no surprise that deciding what to do with that big asset can be a big bone of contention between divorcing spouses.  When deciding whether to keep or sell the marital home, it’s important to consider this decision through three distinct…