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Tips for Handling the Holidays When Your Marriage No Longer Feels Like a “Gift”

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by Ginita Wall, CPA, CFP®, CDFA Holidays are usually a time for reconnecting, but if you are married — and not so happily — seasonal preparations and celebrations can put a major strain on relationships that are already teetering on the brink. So how do you celebrate the holidays when you don’t think your marriage will make it?  Here are… Read More

Nine Holiday Tips For Divorced Moms, Dads, and Kids

Family holidays are held up to impossible standards by the media and our memories. Gatherings, gifts, meals and events are all expected to be picture perfect. Who could possibly live up to these standards? Add the realities of separation and divorce and the holidays become that much more difficult. As families start wrestling with custody and visitation schedules, winter vacations… Read More

Collaborative Divorce Sets Stage for Healthy Co-Parenting

When parents of minor children divorce, they cannot completely sever ties between them. They remain members of a family through their children. The goal of Collaborative Divorce is to help a divorcing couple define and implement the settlement that best meets the needs of their family, and learn new skills for more effective communication, conflict resolution and post-divorce co-parenting. The… Read More

Claiming ‘Head of Household’ Status, Dependent Children During Divorce

by Alex Kwoka, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Alexandra M. Kwoka If you are considering separating or divorcing,  and/or moving from the marital home with a child or children, thinking about how you will file your tax return is important. First:  When will you separate into two households? If you move out after June 30 in the tax filing… Read More

Brave New World of Divorce: Alimony For Your Eggs?

Divorce is never a happy situation. But it can be especially difficult for women who would like to become mothers and face an expiration date on their fertility. Reproductive medicine provides many more options for people who wish to become parents. But this can also complicate a divorce. Fertility preservation could now become an issue in divorce if a New… Read More

Tips for Empty Nesters When the Kids Leave for College

Many parents are working through the transition in their lives created when their children leave for college. As CFLGSD member and family law attorney Julia Garwood notes, things change. They no longer know when the kids are home, whether they are eating or sleeping properly, who they are hanging out with, and other everyday activities. Many couples find themselves in… Read More

When Advice Hurts, Not Helps During a Divorce

by Mel Mackler, MA, LMFT Coaching and Education for an Emotionally Healthy Divorce In the face of adversity, we all can use support and, sometimes, advice from friends and family that we trust and are close to us.  These two camps are always ready to come to our aid and defense when we are in stress or in anxiety.  This… Read More

A Bedtime Story for Children of Divorce

One of the strongest benefits of Collaborative Divorce is the focus on putting the family and especially your children first throughout the process, for their longtime well-being. Author Jackie Pilossoph shares a first person story about the lessons she has learned about putting her own current feelings of disappointment and anger aside, successfully creating a “happily ever after” for her… Read More

Kids In The Courtroom: Good Idea Or Not?

Children  often  want to be heard  when their parents separate and divorce.  How can children have a voice without  exposing them to courtroom battles? by Nancy Stassinopoulos, Attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist, Stassinopoulos & Schweitzer, LLP, San Diego, CA The traditional Family Court system, which is based on litigation with attorneys for each parent, tries to help families with… Read More

Four Tips for Making Divorce Easier on You and Your Family

by Myra Chack Fleischer, CLF-S, Fleischer & Associates Making the decision to get divorced is never easy. If you have been there, done that, no matter when you file you know it can be consuming and is usually the result of a thought processing lasting weeks, months, even years. If there are children involved, it is even more gut wrenching.… Read More