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Today we learned that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are planning to divorce after 25 years of marriage. My heart always sinks a little when I see news of a prominent couple getting divorced – especially when kids are involved. Yet, I also know that after 25 years of marriage, they likely did not make this decision overnight. There were probably months (if not years) of soulful, heartbreaking efforts and, in the end, they decided they…
If you’ve been weighing divorce and have decided that 2019 is the year you move to your next chapter, there are a few new laws you should know about before you file. Changes to Spousal SupportWhen sweeping federal tax reform became law in late 2017, it included a big change to the way spousal support would be considered, beginning January 1, 2019. In the past, the spouse providing support would get a tax deduction for…
Mediation is a terrific alternative to working with a traditional lawyer and can save you quite a bit of money in the divorce process. Related: Which Type of Mediation Will Work Best for You? The Three Types – Explained One thing you need to know before working with a mediator is that mediators can provide legal information but they cannot in their roles provide legal or financial advice to either party. If you believe your understanding of…
In a guest article, Hello Divorce CEO Erin Levine shares how self-love helped her overcome a traumatic experience – and become a more authentic startup founder as a result. “What got to me was the discovery that to truly be relevant, to sell yourself and your brand, you need to dive far deeper internally than you ever have before. Nobody tells you when you build a startup that what you know about yourself is not…
It’s been a while. A year and a half, actually, since I announced the end of my marriage. Related: Q&A with Jill Smokler, Founder of ‘Scary Mommy,’ on Life After Divorce When the news came out, I was bombarded with messages from fellow gay spouses all around the world. The letters of support were easy to respond to, and so very much appreciated. The other letters, however – the ones seeking my advice – were…
I’ve been in the divorce industry for 14 years. As a lawyer, law firm owner, and now (also) as a legal tech entrepreneur who has launched Hello Divorce, the first of its kind “divorce with benefits” online platform offering on demand legal help and wellness support. I love what I do. Some might call me a proponent of divorce. I’m not. But I do believe, as my friend and colleague, Gabrielle Hartley, wrote about…
By Ian LyngklipLyngklip & Associates Most people think that divorce is the end of their relationship with their spouse. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, divorce can be just the beginning of what is a long and difficult battle to reclaim your credit and your personal financial identity. But, with proper planning, you set yourself on a path towards financial independence and a strong…
About two years ago, I set out on a mission to change the culture of divorce. I created Hello Divorce to make the process more transparent, more informative, more affordable, and less stressful – before, during and after a divorce becomes final. I wanted to provide access to tools and resources that were actually helpful, and actionable. And I wanted people like you to be able to access help from my stellar team of lawyers who will…
I know so many of you will relate with the story of how I initially found Scary Mommy. It was just after I had my first baby and I was up for maybe the 5th time in one night, mindlessly typing into Google every search term I could think of for “why won’t my baby sleep?”’ And, bam – I found Scary Mommy. For the first time since I had learned that I was pregnant,…
While Hello Divorce is less than a couple years old, I have been a practicing family law attorney for over a decade at Levine Family Law Group. A couple weeks ago a client came in for a second opinion. He had hired a lawyer 6 weeks prior and wasn’t even sure if his legal team had filed a petition to divorce, and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone in his attorney’s office about…