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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Forget Your Problems, Not Your Passions

Forget Your Problems, Not Your Passions By Fabienne Swartz

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Save The Date!
Event: MBYC-Loriet Men’s Tennis Invitational Tournament
Where: Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club
When: May 8th – 10th, 2015 
Admission: FREE to spectators

One of the most practical pieces of advice I offer to my clients is something I learned from my own experience: Forget your problems, not your passions. Pursuing a hobby, sport or artistic pursuit does more than just take your mind off of your problems. In my case, it was my love of tennis that gave me respite and kept me grounded through my divorce.

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Jump-Starting Your Life in the Midst of Divorce

Jump-Starting Your Life In The Midst Of Divorce By Fabienne Swartz

{1:51 minutes to read} Alimony, or spousal support, is meant to be rehabilitative in nature; the non-working spouse is expected to return to the workforce after a certain amount of time.

But when someone has been out of the workforce for a long period of time, they may have missed out on important innovations in their industry.

There is also the spectre of “soft” age discrimination, the unconscious or conscious motivation that leads companies to prefer younger job applicants. Luckily it is not difficult to combat these negative forces with the right plan and action.  [Read more…]

Social Security and Divorce

Social Security and Divorce By Fabienne Swartz{1:23 minutes to read} Social Security is not an entitlement. In order to qualify for Social Security benefits, the recipient must have contributed into the system for a minimum of 10 years. That means if one spouse were to forgo working in order to raise a family, they would be penalized.

Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has a remedy, but it only applies to marriages that lasted 10 years or more [Read more…]

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