Life Spans – Bridge Divorce Strategies Newsletter

Divorce finance isn’t a DIY project

I see it all the time. Family-law attorneys opt to bring me in to a case, as a financial expert, only when they “hit a wall” on something specialized, far downstream in the case. For everything else, they’ve “seen it all,” and “done it before,” and so all of that “basic” stuff is regarded as a do-it-yourself or DIY project.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Divorce is just the beginning…

Well, that certainly sounds ominous, doesn’t it? “Divorce is just the beginning.” Of what? Something better? Something worse? It could, actually be either. It’s a choice. And it’s up to you.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

“What do you charge to handle my divorce?”

What do I charge for my services to help you navigate the financial side of divorce? How much will it cost you to get a pro?

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Life Spans – Bridge Divorce Strategies Newsletter

Remote control

As a family-law attorney, I know you like to get a sense of closure when you wrap up a divorce case. Once you get the decree, you’re ready, mentally, to move on to other cases.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

“But the bank account is in his name!”

But the bank account is in his name! I hear this from divorcing women all the time, who feel not only powerless, but penniless. Good news: The mere title of the account means nothing in the eyes of Arizona divorce law. His name might be atop the bank account. But if you were married, it’s community property. Half of that is yours.

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Life Spans – Bridge Divorce Strategies Newsletter

How to make divorce less bad

Given my experience as a CPA, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional (not to mention a divorcée), I was recently asked, “Is there such a thing as a good divorce?” I didn’t even have to think about it. “No.” There isn’t. Every divorce is bad, is painful, is expensive. That said, there are ways that you can make a divorce “less bad”... with my help.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Plan for peace of mind

Plan for peace of mind: Because “what you can afford” needs to be defined. And defining it means “creating a plan.” Which is why the financial plan that I create with you is not carved in stone. We’ll revisit it, and update it, regularly, especially when you reach various financial milestones in your life. Don’t hope-and-pray.

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Life Spans – Bridge Divorce Strategies Newsletter

Good news from Congress??

As much as We The People like to take swipes at our elected representatives, they actually did something very nice, pertaining to divorce, a few years ago, and I’m continually surprised by how pleasantly surprised so many family-law attorneys are when they learn about it. It’s like a little gift from above.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

What are your options for stock options?

Executive compensation is complicated. When you’re divorcing from a man who’s been an executive, and is compensated accordingly, you really need a financial pro on your side. That would be me.

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Life Spans – Bridge Divorce Strategies Newsletter

Putting my money where my mouth is

I recently worked on a case for a client of mine (a woman facing divorce), and the opposing counsel did everything they could to belittle me and make me look incompetent. Guess what happened after the case closed? That same attorney reached out to me, to help them on a new case of theirs. I laughed. I was flattered. In this article, I’d like to take down some poorly-rooted assumptions about what I do.

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