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Your Guide to Pet Custody in Divorce

When a marriage ends, everything is divided. But what about the family pets that both spouses want? For most pet owners I know, pets are family. The thought of losing them on top of the other setbacks in a divorce is a heartbreaker. But what if your soon-to-be-ex-spouse feels the same way? Is pet custody […]

Distinguishing Between Legal Separation & Divorce

Benefits of Legal Separation Versus Divorce

Is divorce the only option when a marriage breaks down? Are you leaning toward divorce but want to know if there is a middle ground? Depending on your circumstances, a legal separation may be worth exploring. While offering nearly identical financial protections, a legal separation may provide a few benefits. Let’s take a look at […]

How to Negotiate College Payment between Divorcing Parents

negotiating college payment between divorced parents

College is expensive, and the costs will no doubt continue to rise. Even if your child is not of college age, you are smart to consider these anticipated expenses at the time of your divorce. Do not wait until acceptance letters start arriving to address college payments with your ex-spouse. Negotiate the cost of college […]

Getting Divorced: Commonly Asked Questions Answered

Divorce can be a challenging emotional, as well as financial, process, and the desire to complete the process in a discrete, affordable way is a priority for many. How long does it take to get a divorce? Can you settle your divorce outside of court? Will the divorce records be available to the public? Let’s […]

What to Do to Protect Yourself Via Technology in a Divorce

What to Do to Protect Yourself Via Technology in a Divorce

From shared on-line accounts to cell phone family plans, technology and divorce overlap in a myriad of ways. Consider it essential to separate and start fresh the landscape of your digital life. Here are seven areas of technology not to neglect as you separate from your spouse. Email Correspondence To ensure your communications with your […]

Why Self-Care is Essential in Divorce

Why Self-Care is Essential in Divorce

Whether you initiated separation or the divorce came as a complete (and unwelcome) surprise, not prioritizing self-care in the process can contribute to a tougher time getting through the process or even lasting “divorce trauma.” In this month where so many are abuzz with love, romance and happily-ever-after, spotting these triggers and strategizing around them […]

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Camp Erin, an invaluable resource for children grieving the death of a close family member, held its second 2016 session this past weekend in Malibu.  I was fortunate to be a camp counselor at Camp Erin the summer of 2012 during the filming of the Emmy-award winning documentary, “One Last Hug” and am so glad […]