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

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 of consequences that impact life on almost every level. One of the biggest areas of […]

Breadwinning Wife? 5 Ways to Prep for a Possible Divorce

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 to maintain the financial status quo.

Societal norms have changed. Many women today are better educated […]

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

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 lot of discussion had taken place. Usually, this level of discussion in a team mediation model […]

Discovering the Fraud She Perpetrated on Him

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 new client was at work, his wife had moved out. She had taken every stick […]

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

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, 3 were mental health professionals, and I was the only financial professional.

The workshop took a […]

By |April 24th, 2015|General|3 Comments|

Do Credentials Make an Expert?

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. […]

By |March 25th, 2015|General|0 Comments|