Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 29, 2014

Holiday Gift-Giving Competition

After your divorce, getting along at the holidays can be a stressful situation when you have kids. On top of trying to work out holiday visitation schedules and travel plans, you may also be worrying about what to get your Continue reading…

December 22, 2014

Can the Holidays be Affordable?

The holiday season is upon us with all of its beauty, tradition and unreal expectations. It can be a stressful time for even the most grounded person. For someone newly divorced and still sorting out their new life, the challenges Continue reading…

December 17, 2014

Surviving the Holidays During Your Divorce

Categories: Children in DivorceDivorceParents

This time of year (between Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah) can bring extra challenges for couples going through divorce.  Here are some things to keep in mind if you are in the middle of the process. Focus on the positives. Even though Continue reading…

December 16, 2014

Holiday Shopping Post Divorce

According to a Holiday Consumer Spending Survey by Consumer Affairs the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa and/or Hanukkah will spend $804.42 on gifts this 2014 holiday season. If you are separated or going through a divorce, chances are that figure Continue reading…

December 11, 2014

Social Security and Your Retirement – Part 1: The Basics

Categories: Money and Finances

Over the next couple months, I will discuss the various dimensions of Social Security.  So many people look at the Social Security program as the simple process of going in to the Social Security Office to claim benefits sometime after Continue reading…

December 10, 2014

Divorce and Taxes

This time of year, it is often important to consider the tax implications of filing for divorce. In both federal and state taxes in Minnesota, you cannot file jointly if you are divorced before the end of the year. If Continue reading…

December 9, 2014

The Power of Acceptance in Divorce

I find that what my clients want most is to return to a happy, peaceful life. Divorce is a place of upheaval with many unknowns. Will my kids be okay? Where will I live? Will I be able to make Continue reading…

December 1, 2014

The End is the Beginning

The secret to a constructive and respectful divorce is to start at the end and work backward.  Ask yourself, “What do I want my life, my spouse’s life, and my children’s lives to look like when the divorce is all Continue reading…