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How Addiction Affects Divorce

Addiction is one of the hardest things for any individual to overcome and when it impacts your marriage, unfortunately, it frequently leads to divorce. Addiction can take many forms including alcohol, illegal drug addiction, prescription drug addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction, and more. When a spouse has reached the limits of their ability to stay…

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The Psychodynamics of Divorce

Formally speaking, divorce is a legal dissolution of your marriage contract but as most people know, divorce is actually much more. It is the end of a relationship – the end of a life you had planned for, if children are involved it is the end of family life as they knew it (for better…

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The Importance of Grieving in Divorce

The Importance of Grieving in Divorce

Grief is a natural part of life, unfortunately, but we typically don’t choose things that bring us grief if at all avoidable. But, in the case of marriage, sometimes despite causing potential grief to yourself and family, divorce may be the best or only option. Even if you truly want a divorce, there is a…

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Should You Legally Separate Before Divorce?

Should You Legally Separate Before Divorce?

When you have been considering ending your marriage, there may be various reasons holding you back from actually filing for divorce. Divorce is a long, draining, and costly undertaking but if you need to legally define upper relationship and/or family responsibilities, financial obligations, etc. in the interim – for however long that might be –…

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Who Gets the Pet In Divorce

Who Gets the Pet In Divorce

You and your spouse may be ready to divorce but when it comes time to split things up, who will get your shared pet? Your pet is like family and while they may not be human, many people love their pet like their own child. But, unlike child custody and family law, there are fewer…

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Have You Considered a Collaborative Divorce?

Have You Considered a Collaborative Divorce?

When it comes to divorce, most people don’t think of it as something that you collaborate on. Rather, most people view it as adversarial. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The traditional divorce takes place in the courtroom; there are other ways to obtain the same end result while minimizing conflict and stress….

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Who Gets the Life Insurance in Divorce?

Who Gets the Life Insurance in Divorce?

There are so many things to think about when getting a divorce. With so many assets to divide it can to overlook life insurance, but it is important to know what is going to happen with your life insurance and/or your spouses life insurance policy after divorce. These specific type of life insurance, where you…

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Logical Decision Making During Divorce

Logical Decision Making During Divorce

Getting a divorce is emotional no matter what the circumstances are. Emotions may range from sadness to anger to hurt, and much more. When we experience heightened emotions, I can get in the way of rational decision-making. To put it simply, when we are particularly emotional it impacts our judgment. In many circumstances this may…

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Divorce in a Covenant Marriage

Divorce in a Covenant Marriage

If you live in Arizona, you may not even be aware that you live in one of only 3 states that allow covenant marriages.  Unfamiliar with what a covenant marriage is? Don’t worry, you are not alone.  According to the Arizona Supreme Court, a covenant marriage is defined as, “To enter into a covenant marriage,…

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