Entries by geoff

How to Get Divorced Like an Adult

How to Get Divorced Without Destroying Your World Divorce can be a painful experience, so much so that it tends to use the language of war. But it doesn’t need to be hurtful. Here are five ways to avoid harming your soon-to-be ex, yourself, and your children and move toward a collaborative divorce.

Revising Your Estate Plan After Divorce

Revising Your Estate Plan After Divorce If you don’t update your will, trust, and beneficiary designations, your ex could inherit. If you’re going through the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce, estate planning may be the last thing on your mind. But after a divorce, you need to take steps to update your estate […]

California Community Property FAQs

California Community Property FAQs Frequently asked questions about dealing with California community property at divorce. California law defines community property as any asset acquired or income earned by a married person while living with a spouse. Separate property is defined as anything acquired by a spouse before the marriage, during the marriage by gift, devise, […]

Divorce Settlement Blunders – Seven Costly Financial Mistakes

Divorce Settlement Blunders – Seven Costly Financial Mistakes How to avoid regretting your divorce settlement There are nearly one million divorces in the United States each year. Unfortunately, many divorcing spouses are financially devastated as a result. One reason is that too often, divorcing spouses accept unfair settlements, and find that a few years later […]

Not all Pensions are Created Equal…

I recently got a call from a woman in the midst of a divorce who very wisely began asking a lot of questions about the pension she would be receiving payments from when her soon-to-be ex-spouse retired. We called the pension office together to review the language of the marriage settlement agreement (MSA) and draft […]

Divorce Financial Mediation – What it is and what it isn’t

Before getting to the financial aspect, let’s start with the word mediation. Mediation is a terrific conflict resolution strategy. It uses a neutral third party to facilitate the process of resolving the dispute. Typically, the neutral party provides a structured process that defines the issue(s), breaks the issue(s) into components, and creates a cooperative solution […]