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Doctors, You Have a Lower Risk of Getting Divorced … Unless You’re a Woman

Common wisdom may lead to the assumption that doctors are ripe for divorce. After all, they tend to work long hours and experience a high level of stress on the job. Certain doctors, like ER physicians and gynecologists, may need to rush off to work in the middle of the night to save a life …

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Can I Get Social Security Benefits from My Ex-Spouse Even If It’s Not in My Divorce Decree?

QUESTION: I heard that I may be entitled to collect Social Security benefits when I retire based on my ex-husband’s earnings. But I looked at my divorce decree and it doesn’t say anything about it. Did I miss the boat? ANSWER: Here’s some good news about your divorce. If you were married to your ex-spouse …

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How to Determine State Residency During Divorce (and Why It Matters)

It’s strange but true that the state you live in plays an important role in how your marital estate is divided during your divorce. Living in one state versus another could mean you walk away with a lot more… or a lot less. It’s important to understand how state residency affects a divorce, especially since …

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How to Choose a Divorce Mediator

Divorce mediation is almost always a smart move. It can save you a significant amount of money and time on your divorce in comparison with fighting through the court system. Perhaps even more importantly, divorce mediation allows you to take control and ownership of your divorce negotiation. Even though it may be difficult to spend …

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Checklist: Living Separately Under the Same Roof

In many states, your date of separation has legal implications. If you and your spouse are still living in the same house for economic or family reasons, proving that you are really separated can be tricky. Here is a checklist of what you should do if you and he are still living together but separate.

The Post-Divorce Update List

All Those Pesky Little Updates You Need to Make After Divorce, All in One Place Divorce can be gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, empowering… and full of paperwork. That’s right, separating your life from another person is hard on an emotional level and also just downright frustrating. There’s bank accounts to change, passwords to update, life insurance policies …

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Will I Lose My Alimony If I Go Back to Work?

With the dramatic cost of childcare in the U.S. (estimated to be $11,666 per year) and our country’s less-than-stellar family-friendly labor laws, it’s understandable that 26% of women aren’t in the workforce. However, that decision could hurt women dramatically when it comes to divorce. If one partner dramatically out earns the other (often the husband), …

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The Second Saturday Divorce Document Checklist

A Comprehensive List of Documents You Need to Prepare for Your Divorce One of the primary purposes of your divorce settlement is to divide your marital property between yourself and your spouse in a way that is fair and equitable. (Hopefully, you and your spouse can come to an agreement on what is fair and …

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Educate Yourself About Divorce

The decision to get a divorce will be one of the biggest and most consequential choices of your life. Your divorce will directly impact your finances, your quality of living, the lives of your children, and your own emotional health. Maybe you’ve already decided that a divorce is the right choice for you, or perhaps …

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What to Do When Your Husband Makes Divorce Threats

Gathering up the courage to ask for a divorce is hard. Things can get even harder if your spouse resists or starts threatening to take you to court or never pay you a dime. Unfortunately, this does happen, but just because your spouse makes a threat doesn’t mean that it is true. Using the Divorce Decisions Workbook …

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Why Your Friend’s Divorce Took Two Years

As hard as it is to admit, you know that your marriage is heading toward divorce. As the realization sets in, it’s time to start planning how to get through this thing and on to the next chapter of your life. You probably have tons of questions, such as how much is it going to …

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Is a Collaborative Divorce the Right Option for You?

A divorce is never easy, not even in the best of circumstances. However, there are bad divorces… and then there are terrible divorces filled with vitriol, lies, accusations, and huge attorney’s fees for never-ending litigation. You may not be able to save your marriage, but you can decide how you want it to end. If …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Divorce

Your “I do” has turned into “I don’t.” When you walked down the aisle, you envisioned a life of permanent marital bliss, but reality has not been so kind. It is now time to end your marriage. You want a divorce, but how do you go about actually preparing for this huge life change? In …

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He’s moved out – now what?

“He’s moved out – now what?” That’s a question that many women face. What’s the harm in that? Nothing, if you and your spouse have negotiated a legal agreement that specifies financial arrangements. Without such an agreement, though, you may be facing some financial perils.

Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney in the Initial Interview

If you are contemplating a divorce, you may be shopping around to find a divorce lawyer to represent you. At the initial consultation, there are several important questions that you should ask.

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