Financial Planning for Post Divorce

Divorce is an uncomfortable time for most couples. Even if you are going through the divorce using a collaborative approach, you probably don’t know what to expect from the split – which can be nerve-wracking. If you are anxious about your first meeting with the...

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Divorce: Meeting with a Financial Planner

Divorce is an uncomfortable time for most couples. Even if you are going through the divorce using a collaborative approach, you probably don’t know what to expect from the split – which can be nerve-wracking. If you are anxious about your first meeting with the...

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Catholic Divorce in Texas

What’s A Devout Catholic To Do? Much has been written about the many changes in the Catholic Church that have liberalized some aspects of church doctrine.  But the church’s attitudes toward divorce have not changed appreciably.  And the process for obtaining an...

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10 Signs Your Spouse May Be Cheating

There are few totally reliable signs your spouse is cheating, so it’s often difficult to be certain.  Your spouse could be working late or seeing someone—how can you know?  You want to trust your spouse, but sometimes your instincts say something’s wrong.  Don’t...

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Cooperative and Parallel Parenting

Which is Right for your Family? Divorce transforms the spousal relationship into one based on the joint enterprise of parenting, governed by custody schedules and decision-making arrangements. There are two basic approaches to this new relationship, cooperative and...

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12 Common Divorce Mistakes

Divorce mistakes are more likely if you opt for litigation rather than a collaborative divorce.  Going to court encourages fighting, the stress of litigation makes it more likely you will become emotional, and the lawyers will control the divorce because court rules...

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Senior Citizens and Divorce

I have a good friend who says that the divorce calculator only subtracts and divides.  It does not add and multiply.  That’s not entirely true, because spouses who divorce do divide their incomes by half, but then they compensate by multiplying their monthly expenses...

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Why Baby-Boomer Divorces are Soaring

The U.S. divorce rate peaked in the late 1970s and began falling, except among persons born between 1946 and 1971.  Baby boomer divorce rates doubled after 1990, and among couples over 65, the divorce rate almost tripled.  What’s causing this spike in gray divorces? ...

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5 Keys to Financial Planning for Divorce

No one expects to get divorced when they marry, but half of all American marriages end in divorce.  Because Texas is a community property state, all marital property is divided during a divorce.  Without careful planning, proceeds from of your separate property could...

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What is a Parenting Plan?

In 2005, the Texas Legislature revised child custody by requiring that the parties or a judge develop a parenting plan to allocate rights and duties. The elements of a parenting plan include who may exercise various parental rights and duties, who will pay child...

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Jealousy Between Divorcing Parents and Children

Married parents are proud of their children, want them to succeed, and rarely feel any jealousy of them.  Moreover, children in happy married families rarely feel jealous of their parents.  However, divorcing parents often feel jealous if their children form a close...

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Jealous of Your Ex Spouse?

Jealousy is most often caused by low self-esteem, insecurity, and fear of abandonment.  The fact that jealousy is caused by personal fears explains why divorced people so often feel jealous of their ex-spouse, even though the jealousy makes no logical sense.  After...

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