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Going Home

They say that home is where your heart is. I find a lot of truth in that statement. A home can also be a place of refuge and peace. At times my heart longs for the home of my past. Things and places that connect me to who and what I came from. I am…

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PLAN, WHAT PLAN?

What kind of plans do you have for your retirement years? How does anyone plan that far into the future? My parents were good role models, with a shared joy for family, living, and security. Mom and Dad believed that financial security was the cornerstone for supporting the family and lifestyle that they envisioned. This meant:…

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Costly Mistakes Learned By Divorcees

My dad taught me that accidents happen; things break; and life does not always turn out the way we anticipate.  If we expect the best and plan for the unexpected we could have a better outcome when life throws us an inevitable curve-ball.  No-one wants to think that their spouse could die or that their…

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Proper Treatment of Retirement Plans in Your Divorce

The following blog written by Barbara Whelehan for www.bankrate.com is an excellent example of how important it is to have a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst assisting you with your divorce. Where qualified employee benefit plans are concerned it is critically important that you have a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) pre-approved before the divorce is final.…

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Shades Of Gray

People think that accounting is black and white, but between the black and white are many shades of gray.  The gray area is where problem solving, creativity, and compromise live. When people are going through a divorce, the uncertainty of their future causes tremendous anxiety.  The financial balance that existed for the couple has to…

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Let's Hear It For The Girls

I got a call a couple of weeks ago from an old acquaintance.  She is experiencing a rough patch in her life and wanted to know how I was able to get out of a bad relationship and still have what she sees as a successful life.  Really?  You are calling me?  Hmm, I have…

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Can We Be Friends?

I read an article last week that stated that only 9% of the couples that go through a divorce have contentious marriages.  The rest of the couples had grown apart or learned how to co-exist even though they had lost that loving feeling.  Why is it then that so many divorces become contentious?  There are…

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Honored With ProWIN Ladies

Picture (l to r): Anita R. Henderson of The Write Image, Wendy Hayes of Mitchell Hayes, Essie Escobedo of Office Angels, Carol Dunlop of Creative Services International, Tricia Mulcare, of Homrich Berg Wealth Management, president of ProWIN. Photo courtesy of Lorikay Photography. With its motto of “Building Business by Building Relationships,” ProWIN—Professional Women’s Information Network—awarded five…

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Untying The Knot

My oldest son was a little bit Huck Finn and a little bit Dennis the Menace as a child.  I remember one day he was out roaming in the woods around our home with his friend.  They drug back a ratty old chair and he wanted to put it in his room.  I told him…

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There Is Life After Divorce

Have you or someone you know been through a divorce?  Was the experience about as fun as a root canal?  Some of you may be able to relate to a couple that I knew that had grown apart.  They were essentially living separate lives.  The wife wanted to go to counseling and the husband refused. …

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