What Divorcees of High Earners Should Know about Alimony

What Divorcees of High Earners Should Know about Alimony by Fabienne Swartz

{3:50 minutes to read} When a lesser monied spouse divorces a high-earning spouse, they will likely get $150,000 a year or more in alimony.

These lesser monied spouses may not be able to start work right away. They need to heal and settle; it’s a process that can take the better part of a year or longer. When they go back to work, they probably won’t make the same level of salary as they did before the marriage. Things have changed since they were last in the workforce. By a fair estimate, they might make $50,000–$80,000, even after having completed continuing education.

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Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Loriet Open – May 13-15, 2016

What: MBYC Loriet Open
Where: Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, 555 South Barry Ave, Mamaroneck, NY, 10543
When: May 13–15, 2016
Cost: None!

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club Loriet Open - May 13-15, 2016 by Fabienne Swartz I am proud to announce that I am a sponsor and organizing partner of a semi-professional tennis tournament at the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club (MBYC) starting Friday, May 13!

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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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