What to do if Your Holiday Glow Becomes a New Year's Wake-Up Call
Many couples who are contemplating divorce are hesitant to rock the holiday boat. But once the holidays are over, the post-holiday jolt back to reality makes many people take steps towards potentially "untying the knot." According to Market Watch (1), there is a consistent surge in divorce filings the first Monday of every year that continues for the rest of the month.
That statistic doesn't measure the many people who consult an attorney to simply understand their options - But a legal consultation can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, and the reality check of calling an attorney can be very overwhelming.
Thankfully, there is another solution: Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know about Divorce is a nationally renowned, non-profit educational workshop that provides essential legal, financial and emotional information that has helped upwards of 15,000 individuals safely explore their options for ending their marriage – or, for staying together. Since 1989, Second Saturday Divorce Workshops have supported women and men in understanding what divorce might look like, from every angle. These 2 – 3 hour workshops are led by volunteer professionals nationwide, often on the Second Saturday of every month. From attorneys to financial services professionals and therapists, Second Saturday workshop leaders are an invaluable community resource of like-minded individuals who are passionate about helping people everywhere navigate divorce's very slippery slopes.
According to Ginita Wall, co-founder of Second Saturday, "During divorce, women and men are making the most important decisions of their life at the most vulnerable time. Essential, non-biased information is critical to understanding options, and the cornerstone of Second Saturday – I am humbled by the number of lives we have impacted since 1989."
Second Saturday attendee Anne S. is one of them: Anne turned all her assets over to her husband, who was controlling and abusive- eventually, she wasn't allowed to use the car, and he took away all access to their money. "Meeting Ginita and finding Second Saturday made me realize I am a person, and I have rights….it gave me a whole new perspective on myself. It gave me hope and confidence that I could live my life the way I want to – I am so grateful for Second Saturday!"
The New Year can mean a "New You" on many levels – understanding your options is one of them. To view a full list of Second Saturday Divorce Workshops, click here.
About Second Saturday and WIFE.org:
Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce is a nationally renowned workshop that has been replicated in over 100 locations across the country. In San Diego alone, over 10,000 people have gone through the program, and it has raised more than $300,000 for various charities.
Second Saturday is offered through WIFE.org, the nation's longest-running non-profit devoted to female financial literacy. It was founded in 1988 by Candace Bahr and Ginita Wall, who are as dedicated to their cause today as they were when they first began. In 2013, they were honored as KPBS Heroes as part of National Women's History Month for their WIFE.org and Second Saturday efforts.
With a career spanning over three decades, Bahr is a nationally known advocate for women's financial independence, and was named by Investment News as "Twenty Women to Watch." Wall is a nationally recognized expert and columnist on the subject of women and money. Her credentials include CPA, CFP®, and CDFA®. She has authored eight books on personal finance and was named one of the 250 top financial advisors in the country by Worth Magazine eight years in a row.
Bahr and Wall have been speaking nationally on behalf of their non-profit since it was founded, offering workshops and making media appearances on shows like NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CBS This Morning, CNNfn, PBS and National Public Radio and they travel the country speaking to women's conferences organized by State Treasurer offices. For more information, visit www.WIFE.org and www.SecondSaturday.com.