Should I Try to Keep the House? (Divorce & Mortgage Issues)

One of the most complex questions in litigation or mediation is, “Should I try to keep the house?” This calculation  requires accurate financial analysis prior to negotiation to evaluate whether (or not) it’s a worthwhile want. Because the marital home is such an emotional trigger, it often leads clients […]

Since Lifetime Spousal Support Is Dying Away…

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, “marriage, motherhood and homemaking” was considered a practical answer to the dilemma of long-term financial security. Lots of things have changed for better or worse. In the plus column: higher education, greater job opportunities and more “you can have it […]

Good News / Bad News – Tax Facts About Spousal Support

Each tax season in my work as a CFP, I have the unpleasant task of informing a recent divorcee that they have an unexpected and substantial tax liability. It’s a curious phenomenon that during tax preparation, the spousal support payor rarely forgets the deduction and chimes in with, “Don’t […]

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 […]

Considering Divorce? Don’t Skip This Step Before You Call a Lawyer.

“Why would I meet with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA) before I contact an attorney?” Divorce can be something you have mulled over for a long time, or perhaps divorce was something that was not even on your radar. But regardless of how you arrived here, it stirs up […]