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Getting Split Ready with Marya Carey Pleasant and Doug Katz

Getting Split Ready with Marya Carey Pleasant and Doug Katz

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Divorce is not an event, it is a process and, like many other processes, preparation and planning can make the difference between positive outcomes and disaster.

Getting SplitReady is your source for information on the issues and considerations that should be part of your plan. We bring you poignant, informative and sometimes humorous perspectives from top industry professionals and experts.

Join us for unscripted and honest discussions with our expert panels on top professionals and thought leaders about divorce and separation designed to get you SplitReady!
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The best advice we can give when it comes to taxes, parents and divorce is to plan for the future. Taxes can affect a home purchase, determine your mortgage amount, and even impact what your child will receive from Uncle Sam. In this episode, we will help you get prepared for taxes whether you are self-employed, a divorced parent or a buyer. Listen now to learn about upcoming tax changes and how they will affect real estate, parents and divorce.  Join us for an engaging discussion with Julius Dickens from Dream Town Realty to learn all there is to know about taxes and begin planning for your future.  
The real estate market is hot, and similarly, the lending market has exceptionally low rates. It can be the perfect time to invest or refinance your property, depending on your situation. We discuss how forbearance affects the lending process, what you should expect coming out of the pandemic, and whether your credit score impact your pre-approval. Listen now to learn more about the current lending market.  Join us for an engaging discussion with Julius Dickens from Dream Town Realty to see what the lending market looks like and how buyers can take advantage of this exceptional time.  
As the world begins to open back up, the real estate market is taking off. We discuss what is making it so hot and how long it will last. Is renting the right option for you? Have you deferred maintenance on your home? What about first time home buyers? Listen now to learn more about what to expect in this type of market, and how it can potentially affect your divorce.   Join us for a discussion with Julius Dickens from Dream Town Realty for some tips on how to navigate a hot real estate market.
2020 has, in a word, sucked. We have been given more adversity than anyone could have expected. What, then, are parenting considerations that you need to make when looking at divorcing in the uncertain times?Join us for part two of our discussion with Jessica Malmquist from Greenwich Law Group LLC on some disaster planning considerations for divorce.Also joining the panel is David Louis from Louis Divorce Mediation.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com.
Let's talk financial aid for college students. When you are a divorced parent or in the process of a divorce, navigating the FAFSA application can be difficult. It's better to apply for FAFSA sooner rather than later so you can get more from the college. So, how do you file for FAFSA when you are divorced or going through divorce?Join us for a discussion with Jessica Malmquist from Greenwich Law Group LLC and David Louis from Louis Divorce Mediation parenting considerations during disaster and unplanned societal blips.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com.
2020 has, in a word, sucked. We have been given more adversity than anyone could have expected. What, then, do you do if you are considering or need to divorce in the uncertain times?Join us for a discussion with Jessica Malmquist from Greenwich Law Group LLC on some disaster planning considerations for divorce.Also joining the panel is David Louis from Louis Divorce Mediation.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com.
Divorce can be expensive. We hear most often about the mega-divorces with seven figure settlements or the juicy Hollywood divorces because there is drama, but that is not the reality for the majority of divorcing couples. The reality is that most couples have far less means and resources at their disposal. The good news is that there are resources.Join us for a discussion with David Louis from Louis Divorce Mediation on some resources and strategies for divorcing couples in the low to moderate income rangeAlso joining the panel is Jessica Malmquist from Greenwich Law Group LLC.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com.
Divorce is most often looked at as the end of something and the dismantling of a couple. That does not have to be the case. A change in perspective and intention can make divorce a time of growth and positive transition.Join us for a discussion on growth and positive change through divorce with Freddy Zental Weaver, co-founder of the TantraNova InstituteAlso joining the panel are Dr Elsbeth Meuth, co-founders of the TantraNova Institute, Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC and Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.comComments 
The concept of shadow work was introduced by Carl Jung as a valuable method for understanding the parts of our self that we keep hidden and suppressed. Divorce can often be associated with our darker, shadow selves and understanding and addressing this can be a valuable tool in healing. Join us for a discussion on the power of meditation during divorce with Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC. Also joining the panel are Freddy Zental Weaver and Dr Elsbeth Meuth,co-founders of the TantraNova Institute, and Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.comComments 
No matter how amicable a divorce may be, there is still stress. Add some conflict and the stress can go off the charts. Unfortunately, sometimes people can turn to destructive means for stress management. What if there was another way to cope? Well, there is. The power of meditation is amazingly effective and it can even help with post-divorce growth.Join us for a discussion on the power of meditation during divorce with Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law.Also joining the panel are Freddy Zental Weaver and Dr Elsbeth Meuth,co-founders of the TantraNova Institute, and Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.comComments 
Divorce is usually looked at as destructive and an ending. When looked at from a different perspective, it can be looked at as a transition and the creation of two new households, which may be a healthier.Join us for a discussion with Dr Elsbeth Meuth, co-founder of the TantraNova Institute, looking at divorce from a different perspective.Also joining the panel are Freddy Zental Weaver, co-founder of the TantraNova Institute, Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law and Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Divorce brings with it some major questions, especially with respect to housing.Is now the right time to list a home for sale?How much can I expect to get for my home if it sells?What can I expect want to buy a new home?Divorce Realty Pro, Josh Berngard, gave us some great info in this Getting Split Ready interview.
Like it or not, money is necessary to survive in a modern society. During life events such as divorce, however, the risk of compromising financial strategies or losing these assets can grow considerably. It is exceptionally important for divorcing couples to take the necessary measures to keep their assets safe and secure.Join us for a discussion on financial safety and security with Marya Pleasant CFP. Also joining the discussion is Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert, and Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral Health..Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
While it is important to manage the external factors during divorce such as finances, it is also essential to monitor and nurture mental safety and health. Join us for a discussion on internet safety and security with Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral Health. Also joining the discussion is Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The internet can be a dangerous place, especially during times of change. The sheer amount of information in your digital footprint means that a breach or hack of your accounts can cause significant and widespread damage. You can be especially vulnerable during a divorce.Join us for a discussion on internet safety and security with Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert. Also joining the discussion is Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral HealthLet us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The world can be a dangerous place, especially during times of change. There can be macro-change like the pandemic or micro-change like during a divorce. With a little awareness and understanding, you can greatly increase not only your safety and security, but your confidence as well.Join us for a discussion on personal safety and security with Divorce Safety Pro and SplitReady Co-Founder Douglas Katz. Also joining the discussion are panelists Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert, and Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral HealthLet us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The Safety Show#Divorce is a tumultuous time and safety should be at the forefront of anyone's planning. These safety considerations should cover all aspects of your life as you navigate the divorce and transition to your new life.GUESTSJoe Markovich CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expertAngeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Visa Behavioral HealthTOPICSPhysical Safety and SecurityInternet and Technology Safety and SecurityMental SafetyFinancial Safety
There are memes galore popping up about the impact on COVID-19 and lock downs on marriage. Specifically, many are saying that there will be an imminent increase in divorces due to coronavirus.Join us for a discussion on the COVID effect with Sandra Crawford from Law Crawford P.C., Michele Traina from The Divorce Diaries and Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Limited sometimes means lesser, but not always. A growing trend in the divorce industry is in limited scope representation is actually providing divorcing couples different and sometimes more rich experience where they engage an attorney in critical points of their divorce, but handle much of the details themselves. This is especially popular when a budget is substantially constrained.Join us for a discussion with Sandra Crawford for Law Crawford P.C. on the merits and benefits of limited scope representation.Also joining the discussion are Michele Traina from The Divorce Diaries and Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial.About Sandra CrawfordFor the past 29 years Sandra has dedicated her legal practice to educating and leading clients to the clearest path to resolution of their unique legal issues. She helps distressed families and partnerships move out of conflict using the most appropriate legal dispute resolution model, be that: the Collaborative Practice, mediation, limited scope representation or litigation. As legal disputes and status adjustments (like dissolutions of marriages or partnerships) can be costly in terms of money, time lost, and emotional stress, it is critical for people facing such life changing events to be educated about and understand clearly their legal options and the various paths to resolution available before proceeding.Sandra received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University in 1984 and her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in 1989. She has been a practicing mediator since 1994 and was among the first attorneys in Illinois to be trained in the Collaborative Law model of dispute resolution when the model was introduced here in 2001. Sandra’s areas of concentration are Family Law, Mediation, and Real Estate She works throughout Cook and the surrounding counties.Sandra has served on the nonprofit board of directors of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, where she has held the office of President. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Bar Foundation, which administers grants and funding for legal services agencies. She was a two term member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly and Chair of the ISBA’s Women in the Law Committee. Sandra has been repeatedly nominated by her peers, evaluated and selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer – a group which includes only five percent of all the attorneys in her jurisdiction.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Although divorce and chaos often go hand-in-hand, it is very amazing how a strategic mindset can drastically change the divorce experience and provide much better outcomes. While this is exceedingly difficult, the payoff is well worth the effort.Join us for a discussion with Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial for a conversation about planning and thinking strategically when facing divorce.Also joining the discussion are Sandra Crawford JD from Law Crawforn PC.and Michele Traina from The Divorce Diaries.About Hirsch SermanHirsch Serman, MBA, CPA founded Lifecycle Financial, LLC through his personal experiences related to divorce and an aging parent.  He has worked in finance for over 20 years (including financial planning and tax) and has taught on the university level as well as conducted seminars for high school youth on personal finances. Hirsch is a member of the American Institute of CPA's (AICPAs), the National Association of Divorce Professionals (The NADP), and the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM).Hirsch has been featured by several media outlets relating to work in and articles on Divorce, including: Inc., The Divorce Coaching Hour Radio show, DivorceMoms.com, DivorceMag.com, The New Southern, Funding Sage, and others. He was selected to be a New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Fellow. Hirsch has a passion to serve others and has worked with numerous non-profit boards including the United Way and is a trustee of Texas Collage.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
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Reina Bittner

Limited scope representation: I have this type of representation and my attorney's fee is $425 hr. and a retainer of $2500 but I am afraid of using her services on matters other than her review of a proposed marital settlement agreement not yet drafted. I initially retained an attorney to respond to the petition and represent me but all he did was write a letter of proposal that took 6 months to write at the cost of $14,000 in legal fees. I fired him and retained an attorney on a limited scope and tried Mediation. Unfortubately my husband used the safe place of mediation to state his position which was completely different from what we had already agreed to. The changes of what was previously discussed was not made known to me before our first mediation meeting. It was a waste of money and time and further eroded my trust in the process.

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Reina Bittner

what happens when divorce papers have been filed with the court but no agreements have been reached by the parties? does the court step in to inquire why the case after a year has not been settled?

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Reina Bittner

divorce is too expensive. people don't have money!

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