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Investment Basics for Your Post-Divorce Life

It is common in divorce cases for one spouse to be more financially- or investment-savvy than the other. Maybe this is by accident, or maybe it’s by design. Either way, if you’re newly divorced with a settlement to administer and you’re the less-investment-savvy spouse, you’ve got a learning curve to navigate. I know from experience that having to learn about finance and investing can be one of the most stressful elements of someone’s post-divorce life. This article is designed to equip you with basic knowledge.

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What Is a QDRO?

If you are getting divorced, it's possible that you’ll need to use a QDRO (pronounced “quah-droh”). But what is a QDRO, when do you need one, how do you get one, and how do they work? This month I explore the whats, whys, and hows of QDROs.

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Natural Disasters During Divorce: What Now?

Divorce is rarely a short process. Here in Texas, it takes no fewer than 61 days for a divorce to become final, and often requires up to a year depending on how complex your case is. Quite a lot can happen in a year; here on the Gulf Coast, hurricanes and flooding events are common enough to be a threat while your case works its way through the system. So what happens to you, your property, and your case if there is a natural disaster during your divorce?

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Retirement Accounts in Divorce

The typical divorce case involves a mix of assets including a family home, some bank accounts, some investment accounts, and some retirement accounts and retirement benefits. Retirement accounts and benefits are inextricably linked with tax law, which makes them complex by nature. Because so much wealth is tied up in retirement accounts and benefits, it’s vital to understand what you are dividing so you can reach a settlement that won’t backfire on you down the road.

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Dealing With Firsts: Grieving Your Divorce Through Important Dates

The year of and the year after your divorce will bring many firsts in your new life: your first birthday, Valentine’s Day, and holiday season spent without your spouse, for example. If you are among the lucky few for whom these days feel celebratory in the wake of divorce, read no further. But if you are like most people, some or all of these days may be difficult or emotionally charged. This edition of Graceful Exits will outline some of the things you can do to help prepare for and cope with these important days.

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What I Learned When I Left My Marriage: A Personal Essay

Sitting in my office one early February morning in 2017, eyes puffy from crying, it finally dawned on me that I had no choice but to leave my marriage. Six days later, I was loading my things into a moving truck bound for my new one-bedroom apartment. Those six days were the easy part. It would take 17 months for my divorce to be settled, and during that time I learned a lot. In this piece I’d like to share some of those experiences in hopes that I can help you avoid some of my mistakes and make your divorce process as smooth as possible.

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