Peaceful Divorce

August 2008 Blog Posts (11)

Tough Times for Single Parents

With the recent increases in gas and food prices and the new school year around the corner, single parents need all the help they can get stretching a dollar. For most of us, the next few weeks will be spent buying school clothes and supplies and having to spend money on school lunches, after school activities and all of the other expenses the new school year brings.



So if our earnings and/or child support has not increased, yet all of our expenses have, how are we supposed to get… Continue

Added by Christina Rowe on August 29, 2008 at 12:44am — No Comments

Successful Co-Parenting After a Nasty Split: Is it Possible?

If you have children and are going through a difficult divorce, you may wonder how you are going to be able to co-parent your children with your ex. If you could not get along well enough to resolve your differences during the divorce, parenting without hostility will most likely be a challenge.



But even in the worst divorce cases, there have been parents who have been able to put aside their differences and co-parent in a healthy and positive way. If you are dealing with an ex with… Continue

Added by Christina Rowe on August 29, 2008 at 12:43am — 1 Comment

Warning: Scam may affect your child support payments

If you receive child support payments through a debit card then you need to know about a new scam targeting parents. Thousands of parents across the country have reported receiving messages asking them for personal information about their debt cards.



The card, known as EPPICard, is given to custodial parents as a way to receive child support payments instead of a direct bank deposit. The parent can use the card as a credit card in stores and also withdraw cash. It seemed like a great… Continue

Added by Christina Rowe on August 29, 2008 at 12:40am — No Comments

Social Security and Divorce: What are you entitled to?...

My 62 year old widowed mother recently began receiving my father's social security death benefits. We had to call the social security office to find out how the process works. I became curious about what benefits- if any-divorced people are entitled to. During my own divorce, my lawyer never discussed this issue with me. After 13 years of marriage, most of those spent as a stay at home mom, if I would be entitled to my ex-husband's social security benefits.



I went to the government's… Continue

Added by Christina Rowe on August 29, 2008 at 12:39am — No Comments

Infidelity: How Do You Tell your Children about the Affair? You Shouldn’t, Experts Say

Our own member Roz Sedacca was recently quoted in a major Divorce 360 article posted here. Read on to see what she has to say, and to learn more about whether or not to tell children about an affair:



When former presidential nominee John Edwards admitted he’d cheated on his wife, the question on some minds was how someone touted as a family man told his wife – and his three children about the affair.



“How do you tell your children about the affair? You don’t,” said… Continue

Added by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on August 26, 2008 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Rosalind Sedacca quoted in new Divorce360 Article

Parenting: Getting Divorced? Tips to Cope as your Child Goes Back to School



By DIVORCE360.COM



If you and your spouse have split up during the summer, going back to school can be a traumatic time for your child as he or she faces the prospect of what it means to have divorced parents. Divorce360.com experts offered three tips to help during the new school year. They include:



1. Meet the new teacher.

Jodi Seidler, founder of the single parenting site,… Continue

Added by Rosalind Sedacca, CCT on August 21, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

How Do We Get The Peaceful Divorce Message Out?

It seems to me that it is just too easy for couples contemplating divorce to fall into the adversarial system. Even those folks who start out with the intention of doing things peacefully get sucked into the system. I'm thinking about a couple I met with a few months ago who wanted to avoid a "war." We had an educational and philosophical discussion about marital dissolution and coparenting (they've got one young child). I heard from them very briefly over the course of a few months -- they… Continue

Added by Cindy Harari on August 14, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

From the Universe

The Universe



The following message was sent to me anonymously and I loved it! If you are not a believer in what you put out will come back to you tenfold, please think again!





This is The Universe. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help.

So, have a nice day.



I love you.



P.S. And, remember...



If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to… Continue

Added by Laura Campbell on August 8, 2008 at 5:51pm — 1 Comment

From the Universe

The Universe



The following message was sent to me anonymously and I loved it! If you are not a believer in what you put out will come back to you tenfold, please think again!



This is The Universe. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help.

So, have a nice day.



I love you.



P.S. And, remember...



If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it… Continue

Added by Laura Campbell on August 8, 2008 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Stop Fighting with your Ex! Communication Strategies for Moms that Actually Work

Getting a divorce doesn't mean you never speak to your ex again, especially if you share any amount of custody. Now more than ever, you need communication strategies that bring out the best in everyone - you, your ex and your kids. It only takes one argument to slip out of control and make your life (and your children's lives) extremely difficult. Learning new strategies of communication with your ex is a worthy goal if you want a life with less stress and more ease. Below are some simple… Continue

Added by Jeanie Rule on August 5, 2008 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

Don't Worry, Get Healthy!

We have heard that before!! But, do we really live it every day?



I would bet that since you have been going through the transition of separation or divorce, you have been overwhelmed with all that is going on in your life and either you have rationalized letting go of your commitment to your body because you:



* have decided that there are other things that are more of a priority

* been attracted to "comfort food"...you know, pizza, pasta, ice cream...

* lost…
Continue

Added by Laura Campbell on August 1, 2008 at 4:10pm — No Comments

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Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

21st Century Parenting Plans

I remember when the default custody arrangement had one parent as the custodial parent, and the other parent was known as the “Disneyland parent.” They had their children every other weekend, and maybe once during the week for dinner. Today it is more common to see joint parenting time consist of one week on, and one week off or “two-two-five-five” time,…See More
Aug 15
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Including a Financial Professional in Your Mediation

Very often, couples who are divorcing amicably, or who have straightforward financial situations, will forgo meeting with a financial professional while they go through mediation. Though this may seem logical on its face, “going it alone” may result in unnecessary hardship and inaccurate calculations.  It is easy to simply look at a tax table today and say “I am going…See More
Jul 30
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

What About the House?

Going through divorce means dealing with hundreds of details, some more important than others. One detail that merits extra contemplation is how to deal with the marital home.Does one spouse want to keep it because the children still live there? You don't want to disrupt their lives any more than is already happening. What if the children are grown? Do you still need that much of a house?Here are the three most common means of dealing with the house in divorce:Selling the house and dividing the…See More
Apr 24
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Child Support for Special Needs Children

We know that the divorce rate among all couples is about 50%, but there is no question that divorce rates are even higher among parents of children with special needs.Below is an article that was written by Dr. Howard Drutman and Marsha Schechtman, LCSW. In this article, they talk about the considerations that must be understood about the special needs child. In addition to their information, we also have to think…See More
Mar 28
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

An Email From the IRS? Don't Believe It

Scam artists have developed a new tactic in cheating taxpayers out of their hard-earned money.Transcript fraud is when taxpayers are lured into opening an attachment that is supposed to be their tax transcript. In fact, the attachment contains malware that will intercept all of your outgoing data, with the intent of capturing account numbers. From there, the thieves withdraw the money and the taxpayer is left without…See More
Feb 21
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

2018 Taxes & Divorce: There Is Still Time

If you are getting divorced or just got divorced the last thing on your mind is taxes. It is important to remember that if you got divorced anytime in 2018 (even Dec. 31, 2018), you will be considered divorced for the whole year of 2018. What does that mean for taxes?It could mean a higher tax bill than you thought.  If you are receiving alimony this year it will be taxable to you.  If you are…See More
Dec 28, 2018
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Tax Tips for the Recently Divorced

We are only 4 weeks away from the end of the year. What does that mean for people who have gotten divorced in 2018?It means you have to get ready to file your tax returns for the year ending 2018 by April 15, 2019, or else extend it. Remember, just because you extend it, you still have to pay any tax that you owe by April 15, 2019.If you got divorced in 2017, here are some items you need to think about for tax…See More
Dec 12, 2018
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

An Elegant Solution: The Child Support Account

Today I’m pleased to bring you a special guest blog written by my colleague Steve Erickson. In his 35 years of experience, Steve has come up with a novel approach to child support that shifts couples away from being adversarial and toward collaboration. This method is called the Child Support Account, and it was originally proposed…See More
Nov 15, 2018
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Withholding: A Down Payment, not a Tax

In my experience, many people do not know the difference between the withholding amount (the taxes deducted on your pay stub) and their tax liability. All they know is that they don’t have the money. They think they’re square with the government, and are surprised if they owe any amount on top of what was withheld. That’s why I thought it would be useful to review the…See More
Oct 25, 2018
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Divorce & Support Payments – When Can You Use it to Qualify for a Mortgage?

One of the things I have learned over the years is that we cannot be a Jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-none. In today’s ever-changing world, we need to have connections with professionals in other disciplines and specialities. This is especially true with divorce professionals. I think it is important that practitioners have a network of specialists on which to draw. Today I am going to do just…See More
Oct 4, 2018
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Projecting Your 2018 Taxes

Have you thought about doing a tax projection for 2018?Obviously, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, no one wants to be surprised around tax time. Here’s why you should get a head start on knowing the new tax law and how it will affect you and/or your business in the coming tax year.We are seven months into the New Year. You may not be aware that we have a new tax law that went into effect on December 22, 2017, or that most of the provisions took effect on January 1, 2018.Here are some…See More
Aug 23, 2018
Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA posted a blog post

Mediators: The Swiss Army Knife of Divorce

Today I’m featuring an article by a colleague of mine named Martin Kranitz. Martin, a mediator in Maryland, has obtained certification from the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, one of the first organizations to provide mediator certification based on demonstrated performance rather than just education and mediation courses taken.  In this piece, Martin discusses one of the many functions a mediator can play,…See More
Jul 12, 2018

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