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Are You Negotiating Your Child Support, Hoping for a Concession?

By |July 22nd, 2015|

I was asked to review a division of property. The wife found a neatly typed list of assets, liabilities and valuations complete with a paragraph stating the husband’s rationale for the division on the […]

Should I File for Divorce? How Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders Can Protect Your Assets

By |July 14th, 2015|

Rarely are two people on the same emotional timeline for divorce. Statistically the person who initiates the “break” has thought about it for over a year.

The decision to file will also trigger a landslide […]

Breadwinning Wife? 5 Ways to Prep for a Possible Divorce

By |June 25th, 2015|

Whether someone wants a divorce or not, getting organized and being prepared is essential.

Alimony stems from the Latin word for nourishment or sustenance. The fundamental purpose of alimony (called spousal support in California) is […]

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

By |June 4th, 2015|

Recently, I was asked to analyze a complicated draft divorce judgment. From the worn appearance of the documents, question marks, revised numbers and multitude of angry, red, crossed-out words, it was clear that a […]

Discovering the Fraud She Perpetrated on Him

By |May 20th, 2015|

Recently, a bankruptcy lawyer sent me a client, who had been sent to him by a divorce attorney. Here’s how we uncovered the fraud my client’s wife had been perpetrating:
6 months prior, while my […]

When Is it NOT Okay to Give Your Paramour a Ferrari?

By |May 5th, 2015|

The laced thong, the Easter bunny costume, the Ferrari and the $1.8 million dollar Spanish-style duplex were not his to give away.

That’s what Shelly Sterling, estranged wife of disgraced Los Angeles Lakers owner Donald […]

Do You Need a Financial Professional for Your Divorce Mediation? Yes, You Do.

By |April 24th, 2015|

Whether litigated or mediated, a divorce financial professional should always be part of your team.

Recently, I attended an intensive, five-day interdisciplinary mediation training workshop. Of the 18 people in the workshop group, 14 were trial lawyers, […]

How to Avoid Being Unhappy With Your Divorce Settlement

By |April 9th, 2015|

{3 minutes to read} In my years as a financial planner, I noticed distressing trends within my client base. Those who had been through the divorce process either did not understand their financial settlement […]

Do Credentials Make an Expert?

By |March 25th, 2015|

In my work as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, I regularly speak to groups of women about the financial realities of divorce. Some are contemplating divorce. Many are already in the process. Some just want to make sense of the financial wreckage they were left with after their divorce settlement. […]

How Will the Date of Separation Affect My Divorce Settlement?

By |March 13th, 2015|

Determining the date of separation during a divorce case can be one of the biggest areas of contention and confusion. During marriage, couples often revisit the same well-worn subject matter in arguments. “Oh that […]