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Proposed Tax Reform – As If Going From One House to Two in a Divorce Wasn’t Hard Enough Already

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Nov 3, 2017

I certainly do not have a crystal ball to know what will ultimately happen with the proposed tax reform. However, I do feel like it’s my responsibility as a divorce financial analyst to share what I know. The current proposal eliminates the tax deduction for spousal support. As it currently stands, spousal support is deducted…

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How to Determine Which Assets to Keep in a Divorce

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Oct 26, 2017

Most of the time, when I sit down with couples preparing to dissolve their marriage, individuals assume that each account will be divided in half. Did you know that’s not always the case? In states like Ohio, where the law requires an equitable distribution of assets in a divorce, it’s important to remember that equitable is…

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keeping the house in a divorce

Common Divorce Mistake #7: Keeping the House Without Having the Cash Flow to Maintain It

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Oct 24, 2017

Often in a divorce, one spouse is adamant about keeping the house, whether they can afford it or not.  It can be a very emotional decision whether or not to keep your marital home, but it can be a critical and costly mistake. Consider these 4 things before deciding if you should keep the house in your divorce:   Do you want…

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Divorce Tips for Teachers

4 Dissolution Tips All Teachers Need to Know

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Oct 11, 2017

Teachers, if you are in the process of terminating your marriage, these dissolution tips are for you. Teachers hold a special place in my heart for many reasons. For one, early in my career, I was a teacher. I earned my Master’s in Education and have made quite a few teacher friends over the years. Additionally, I…

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Divorce advice for stay at home moms

How will I survive?  Divorce advice for stay-at-home moms

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Oct 2, 2017

By Kelly Greene So you’re getting a divorce. I know what you’re thinking. You stayed home with the kids, you put your career on hold, you supported your spouse by tending to the home while he worked. And now this. You probably have very little retirement money saved, you probably aren’t sure if you could…

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Preparing a QDRO

Common Divorce Mistakes Part 6: Not Filing Your QDRO in a Timely Manner

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Sep 27, 2017

Do you know what a QDRO is and why it’s important in a divorce? If not, read on to find out how filing a QDRO correctly in a timely manner can save you a lot of money. What does QDRO stand for? QDRO stands for a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. It is a document that…

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costly divorce mistake - focusing on the short term

Another Costly Divorce Mistake to Avoid: Focusing on Short-Term Needs and Neglecting Longer Term Financial Implications

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Sep 14, 2017

When you’re going through a divorce, I understand that you may just want to get it over with as quickly as possible so you can move past the hurt and onto your new future. However, this can be a costly divorce mistake! Believe me, I know how easy it is to let things go so…

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Common Divorce Mistake - Giving Up Pension Entitlement

Beware of This Costly Divorce Mistake: Incorrectly Evaluating a Pension Plan

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Sep 5, 2017

Are you giving up hundreds of thousands of dollars without even knowing it? Read on to find out if that’s the case. Incorrectly Evaluating a Pension Plan All the mistakes I’ve discussed so far in our series on Common Divorce Mistakes can be costly but incorrectly evaluating a pension plan may surprise you about just…

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Divorce and college financial aid

How to Improve College Financial Aid Opportunities When Divorcing

By Leah Hadley, CDFA, MAFF | Aug 30, 2017

As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), I am frequently working with couples to maximize their estate by minimizing the tax implications of their financial decisions. However, rising higher education costs, the conversation around divorce and college financial aid has become more prevalent. I have found more couples focusing on maximizing their financial aid opportunities…

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