For one reason or another approximately 95% of all divorces settle without going to trial. The reasons these cases settle vary, but in my experience the top three reasons are: Exhaustion – contentious divorces are mentally, physically and emotionally draining so people often settle because their health is suffering or they are ready to improve
If you have to go back to work because you are getting divorced, legally separated or dissolving a domestic partnership, you may have more innovative options available than you imagined. Since the 2008 Economic Crisis it has become more difficult for divorcing parties to find employment after extended absences from the workforce. There are more
Being able to make decisions in divorce is critical but it isn’t always easy. In an effort to better understand how we make decisions I have read and recommend John Lehrer’s book How we Decide. In his book John explains when it is best to use reason or rational thinking to make decisions and when
I write about making divorce easier and life happier because it is my mission, not because I believe divorce is easy. I happen to know first hand that ending a relationship can knock the wind out of you and kick you when you’re down. Over the last three decades of my life I have gotten
I love weekends. On Friday nights I feel as though I have forty eight hours to do whatever I choose. I often find myself writing and creating things for you. I also have weekends when my brain is fried from the rigors of divorce and I need rest, relaxation and fun. I know for some
People often ask me why I no longer spend my days in divorce court. I usually reply with this question: “Would you want to spend almost every day of your life going through bad divorces or seeing people at their worst?” After giving me a knowing glance, most people change the topic, but others probe.
I admit it, I am not a big sports fan, but the excitement of the Super Bowl draws me in, especially if our home team is in it (which they were this year). So yesterday, as I got sucked into the excitement of the power outage and 49ers being just yards away from scoring a
When it comes to a divorce, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. But when you’re on your own, it’s more important than ever to be knowledgeable about financial issues that can affect your future. Below are seven things that you need to know: 1. Your filing status, for tax purposes, is determined
I decided to exercise at home this evening instead of hitting the trails. So I pulled out my mountain bike and indoor trainer and attempted to put them together. Placing the mountain bike into the trainer is normally a very simple process, but not tonight. I couldn’t get the back wheel into position so it
Dear Donna, I’ve been married for about 7 ½ years and now separated for 4 months. We have a 6-month-old child. My husband left us and moved into an apartment stating he didn’t love me anymore. Over the last 4 months, I’ve come to the conclusion that our marriage is over for me as well.