The Many Benefits of Divorce Mediation

The Many Benefits of Divorce Mediation by Fabienne Swartz

{4:30 minutes to read} Recently, I published an article about the benefits of consulting with a divorce attorney even if you have chosen to use mediation. I’ve received some constructive criticism from fellow mediators indicating that I should do a follow-up piece about the benefits of mediation — whether one decides to consult a lawyer or not.

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Online Dating for Divorcees

Online Dating for Divorcees by Fabienne Swartz

{3:35 minutes to read} When women get divorced, they face a lot of fears, from financial (“How will I pay the bills on my own?”) to social (“What if my married friends stop inviting me over?”). One particular fear is the thought of having to start dating again.

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New Second Saturday Group in Stamford

New Second Saturday Group in Stamford by Fabienne Swartz

Save the Date

What: Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

When: December 12, 2015, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: The Library Room in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 628 Main St., Stamford, CT, 06901

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How Not Seeking Legal Advice Can Cost You Money

How Not Seeking Legal Advice Can Cost You Money by Fabienne Swartz

{2:35 minutes to read} Not seeking legal advice can be costly…

In recent years, I have heard several accounts of women who decided not to seek legal advice before signing their divorce settlement agreement negotiated in mediation. Without exception, the outcome was a lopsided deal. Others have consulted me stating they were ready to sign but had not yet put pen to paper.

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Know What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Divorce

Know What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Divorce by Fabienne Swartz

{3:36 minutes to read} The divorce process takes time, patience and expertise.

If you are considering divorcing your spouse, your first step should be to consult with an attorney who is skilled in family law. By listening to your unique situation, he or she can apply years of accumulated experience to your advantage.

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When a House is Not a Home

When a House is Not a Home by Fabienne Swartz

{3:39 minutes to read} I was attending an informal get-together for divorce professionals recently when I realized I had the perfect real-world case study to illustrate a very important point:

Keeping the marital home is not always the smartest thing to do.

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Who Has Permission to Claim the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

Who Has Permission to Claim the Mortgage Interest Deduction? by Fabienne Swartz

{2:56 minutes to read} Many accountants are advising their clients that, because the spouse’s name is not on the mortgage note, she cannot claim the mortgage interest on her tax returns.

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Managing Expectations

Managing Expectations by Fabienne Swartz

{3:20 minutes to read} One of the biggest roles of a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst is managing his or her clients’ expectations. Getting a client to realize they may not get what they want is the first step. They may need to adjust their spending habits and may not be able to maintain the same lifestyle as they previously enjoyed. A CDFA can show their client that their spouse cannot afford more alimony and/or child support.

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Oh, the Things You Can Learn from a Divorce Mediation Conference!

Oh, the Things You Can Learn from a Divorce Mediation Conference! by Fabienne Swartz

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I recently attended a conference organized by the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. I met mediators from upstate New York, Westchester, and New York City while attending several classes – three of which really stood out for me:

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It’s Who You Know

It’s Who You Know By Fabienne Swartz

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Some specialized areas of divorce are better left to experts.

When I first meet a client and her/his attorney, we go through something called the discovery phase. The aim of the discovery phase is for each side to gather the necessary information to negotiate the financial part of their divorce agreement. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), I can:

  • Help find hidden assets;
  • Trace money; and
  • Forecast monthly and annual payments over several years.

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