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0176: What Do You Want From Your Divorce? If You Don't Know, it Could Hurt You.

Visit us at divorceandyourmoney.com for the #1 divorce resources in the USA and get personalized help. Learn about coaching services here. Thank you for listening! Find a transcript of this episode below. I'm going to start off this episode with quote from Yogi Berra, or at least it's attributed to Yogi Berra, and he said, "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." The reason I read that quote is because one of the first...


0175: Understanding Expenses: Why Your Monthly "Nut" is Key to Post-Divorce Planning - Part 2

Visit us at divorceandyourmoney.com for the #1 divorce resources in the USA and get personalized help. Learn about coaching services here. Thank you for listening! Find a transcript of this episode below. In the previous episode, we were setting a stage for understanding your fixed monthly expenses. If you didn't hear the previous episode, go back and listen to that one first before you continue on with this one. What we were discussing is you need to know your fixed monthly expenses...


0174: Understanding Expenses: Why Your Monthly "Nut" is Key to Post-Divorce Planning - Part 1

Visit us at divorceandyourmoney.com for the #1 divorce resources in the USA and get personalized help. Learn about coaching services here. Thank you for listening! Find a transcript of this episode below. I was meeting with a client in person recently and we had a long discussion about whether or not they should keep the house or sell it as part of the divorce process. One of the things that, although in theory they could afford the house and keep it for a few years as the kids grow...


0173: 4 Things You Should NOT Do During the Divorce Process

This episode contains some lessons that many people learn as they go through a divorce. Here are four things to avoid as you go through the divorce process: Some people try to get away with suspicious activity when going through a divorce. One of the most common examples is moving sums of money around or trying to hide assets. They may try to adjust their income in an effort to pay less support later. Avoid doing these things. It will probably come back to haunt you. If you have...


0172: Matt Sweetwood, Author of NEW book "Leader of the Pack"

Today we bring back guest Matt Sweetwood, to announce the release of his new book: Leader of the Pack: How a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success. "I was unprepared, overwhelmed, broke, and often depressed and I was sure I would not live through the experience. With five kids under eight years old to care for, a large business to run, a court system bent on bankrupting me, all I saw was a 20-year jail term ahead of me, ending with me...


0171: Bitcoin, Digitial and Virtual Assets in Divorce

What happens if you are going through a divorce and have digital assets? Digital assets can come in many forms. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are popular topics in the news lately, but there are other forms of digital assets like your music library, ebooks, rewards points, or even a website you own. When it comes to digital assets, state laws have not yet caught up. Many of these assets are relatively new, and the laws cannot always address all the complexities of splitting them. In...


EP 170: Why You Should Divorce In 2018 - and Don't Delay until 2019

This episode will explain why most of you will want to finalize your divorce in 2018, if possible. After 2018, divorce will be even more complicated than it already is. You probably already want an efficient divorce process, but the recent changes to tax law will provide some additional incentive to move things along. The change in tax law primarily concerns spousal support. Taxes are not a fun topic, but they are critically important to understand so you can make the best decisions for...


0169: How to Deal with Divorce in 2018 (and an update on the BIG CHANGE to Alimony)

With the start of 2018, there is a lot you should be doing to prepare for divorce. This is a great introductory episode for you to listen to! Learn more about all of the great Divorce and Your Money resources at divorceandyourmoney.com.


0168: Post-Divorce Checklist, Part 2

In the previous episode, we discussed the initial things you should do when you get your divorce settlement. You will need to study your settlement in-depth and create a calendar of all the dates and deadlines that will be coming. It will be important to stay on top of everything, even as your divorce is wrapping up, because there are a lot of small things to handle. It’s not quite time to rest yet. Listen to the previous episode for more details. This episode will be about setting up...


0167: Post-Divorce Checklist, Part 1

Right now, a lot of divorce cases are rushing to a close. Most people want to finalize their divorce before December 31. The year that you are officially divorced is the first year you file taxes on your own. However, just because your divorce is wrapping up, it does not mean that the process is over. In this episode and the next, we will cover what to do after your divorce is over. Your post-divorce tasks fall into two categories. You need to ensure you receive everything you agreed to...


0166: 5 Types of Attorneys to Avoid (If You Can!)

In this episode, we’ll discuss different types of divorce attorneys. Divorce financial analysts often work with a wide range of attorneys. They all have different styles. Many attorneys are excellent. In some cases, you may encounter an attorney that is not so good. The goal of the divorce attorney or family law attorney is to have the best possible outcome in your divorce. What that outcome looks like will depend on your situation, but you want an attorney who will put you in the best...


0165: What is a divorce hearing, and how is it different from a trial?

When you go to court, you may be going for a hearing or for a trial, and there are differences between the two. This episode will explain what happens in each situation. Going to court is almost never like what you see on television. In particular, the process of going to court is not as glamorous as it seems on television. When you go to court for a hearing, a judge will look at evidence and make a decision about a specific issue in the divorce. That evidence could be written...


0164: Why You May Need a Vocational Expert in Your Case

This episode is about vocational experts in divorce cases. Vocational experts are only used occasionally, but they should probably be used more often. What is a vocational expert? Often during a marriage, one spouse was not employed. They may have lost their job or they may have decided to be a stay-at-home spouse. It does not necessarily mean that they were unable to work, however. A vocational expert will help answer the question, “How do you know how much income a spouse can earn if...


0163: Electronic Evidence in Divorce: Everything You're Doing is Tracked

Electronic evidence may come into play in your divorce case. Electronic evidence can be from your computer, phone, text messages, apps, cameras, bank accounts, and so on. Everything you do these days has a record. You may need to look for evidence of your spouse doing something they shouldn’t, like getting a hotel room. It’s increasingly common for people to leave an electronic trail that can come back to hurt them later. Most people forget that everything they do is tracked, one way or...


0162: 7 Tips When You Are Going to Court

In this episode, we’ll discuss tips for when you’re going to court for divorce, whether it’s for a hearing or for a trial. If you will be going in front of a judge for your divorce, you should be prepared. Try to avoid making some of the most common mistakes with these tips: 1) Real court is not like television. 2) Dress appropriately 3) Show up early, but expect to wait. 4) There are time limits. 5) Not everything you may want to cover is legally relevant. 6) Answer questions...


0161: 5 Your Attorney MUST Be Doing - Or You Could Have Trouble in Your Case

In this episode, we’ll cover five things your attorney must be doing for you. If they are not doing these things, your case may be in trouble. We offer a course on managing your relationship with your attorney, because it is one of the most important aspects in your divorce. You should be concerned if your attorney is not doing any of these things: This is inexcusable. If you contact your divorce attorney and they do not reply within a day or two, it is a bad sign. You should be able to...


0160: How to Stay Involved in Your Divorce Process by Doing Your Homework

In this episode, we will discuss your involvement in the divorce process. You can have any number of experts helping you – lawyers, accountants, certified divorce financial analysts, valuation experts, social security experts, and so on. However, at the end of the day, it is your life and your divorce, so it’s up to you to stay on top of this process. Here are some of the major areas for you to be working on: This is one of the first steps you will need to take in your divorce...


0159: 4 Factors That Determine the Cost of Your Divorce

“How much is my divorce going to cost?” This is one of the biggest questions people wonder about when going through a divorce. In this episode, we’ll talk about four factors that will affect the cost, some of which are out of your control. You have control over your responses and decisions in the divorce process. If you are asked to complete a financial affidavit or if you are questioned in an interrogatory, you are responsible for answering truthfully. If you’re thinking about a...


0158: Owning a Business with Your Spouse

This episode will cover the options you have if you own a business with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Under normal circumstances, businesses are very complicated. When you are getting divorced, it is even harder. Because this is such a complicated topic, this episode will not be able to go in-depth, but we will cover the options that you have for dealing with your business in a divorce: This is one of the most common options in the divorce world. One person retains ownership in the...


0157: Dirty Tricks Your Spouse Can Use to Delay Your Divorce

In an ideal world, it would take a minimal amount of time to go through a divorce. Unfortunately, in the real world, divorce is a slow process. Courts are packed, attorneys are slow, and the process often takes a year or two. However, it is possible to drag it out even longer, particularly if your spouse uses delay tactics. It can make your divorce more expensive and puts you in a much worse financial position. If your spouse is out to punish you, they can do so by dragging out the...


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