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Welcome to the Hello Divorce podcast. with Erin Levine. We share top insider tips for divorce, including actionable
steps in bite-sized pieces to lowering the cost, conflict, and confusion surrounding divorce, so that you can move on to that next awesome
chapter with peace of mind and your financial and emotional integrity in check.

The Hello Divorce Podcast Erin Levine

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Welcome to the Hello Divorce podcast. with Erin Levine. We share top insider tips for divorce, including actionable
steps in bite-sized pieces to lowering the cost, conflict, and confusion surrounding divorce, so that you can move on to that next awesome
chapter with peace of mind and your financial and emotional integrity in check.

    (Live Webinar Replay) Navigating Your Divorce Through Coronavirus with special guest Mark Flowers from CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

    (Live Webinar Replay) Navigating Your Divorce Through Coronavirus with special guest Mark Flowers from CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

    (Live Webinar Replay) Navigating Your Divorce Through Coronavirus with special guest Mark Flowers from CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™



    Description

    Coronavirus / COVID-19 is upending all of our lives. It will impact your divorce as well, if it hasn’t already.

    Join Hello Divorce Founder and CEO Erin Levine and Mark Flowers, CFP, CDFA and host of Second Saturday San Mateo, for a frank and interactive conversation on the ways you can still keep your divorce on track during these uncertain times.

    We’ll discuss:

    - Moving forward with your divorce paperwork, even with temporary court closures;

    - Legal perspectives on co-parenting through school closures and shelter in place directives;

    - Understanding options for adjusting child/spousal support payments if your job is at risk;

    - The financial and legal reasons that now is is actually not the time to delay your divorce;



    ABOUT THE HOSTS:

    Erin Levine is a certified family law attorney who is reimagining how divorce is handled by using technology to make the process more efficient. She is the founder of Hello Divorce (www.hellodivorce.com) an incredibly powerful DIY divorce navigation tool that gives users the information and resources they need to divorce on their terms, with on-demand access to high-quality help at a flat-rate fee.

    Mark Flowers is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, an the leader of Second Saturday Divorce workshops in San Mateo County. Currently, with Private Portfolios, Mark has been in financial services in various roles including real estate finance, insurance planning, and wealth management for the past 15 years.

    • 56 min.
    How to navigate divorce and co-parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    How to navigate divorce and co-parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Hi, everyone. Today's topic is one that we've been getting so many requests for so I thought it was important to jump on with a bonus episode and talk about coronavirus and how it's impacting divorce, co-parenting, and child custody issues. I've got a ton of great information for you today and answers. Well, I mean with things changing so much, maybe it's not answers, but definitely some problem solving skills and some solutions that I hope will help you get through this time period.

    It is March 18th at 1:00 PM Pacific time and I'm saying the date and time because things are changing so rapidly, I want you to be aware of it. I am recording from my bedroom because we are in Alameda, California and there is a shelter in place order. So I have told my kids that we are practicing “social distancing” which requires them to stay downstairs for the next 30 minutes so hopefully that will work. ;-)

    I also have an incredible guest today. The one person that I absolutely wanted to have on the show and fortunately she's willing to record not just one podcast - but two. We actually recorded one a couple of days ago and unfortunately Zoom hasn't processed that recording so we are trying again. Anyhow, her name is Billie Tarascio and she is not only an award winning lawyer and author and sought after speaker, but she is the owner of three successful businesses.

    You guys, she brings the Arizona perspective. I'm in California. We hope that everything we have to say will be relevant nationally, maybe even internationally to some people, but if you're looking for Arizona help or information, she is your go to person. Her firm is Modern Law. It's a family law firm that's servicing most, if not all of Arizona. She'll let us know.

    She's also the cofounder of Modern Law Practice, which helps law firms scale, grow, reduce overhead, provide kick ass service to their clients and make more money. It's just a win-win solution for law firms to help their clients and to grow their practices.

    And then finally her third business is I Do Over, which is a company that's very similar to Hello Divorce. They provide DIY services, courses, help from legal assistants, videos, access to amazing lawyers. It's a great resource. So I am thrilled to have her with me here today.

    • 28 min.
    Why You Should Stop Delaying Your Divorce and Get on With It Already

    Why You Should Stop Delaying Your Divorce and Get on With It Already

    Why You Should Stop Delaying Your Divorce and Get on With It Already

    Hi everyone, this is Erin and today's topic is, “Why You Should Stop Delaying Your Divorce and Get on With It Already.” If I sound a little off it's because I have a cold and so I'm hoping that I will still speak clearly enough that you can understand what I'm saying and not be too annoyed by my nasally voice. I literally never get a cold, so this has been beyond annoying and I'm really having a hard time accepting the fact that I actually have one, but I do and so there it is, let's get on with our topic. So I bring up this topic because the last, let's see, maybe eight or nine calls we've got on Hello Divorce, have been from really nice folks who tell me that they'd been separated from their spouse for a really long time. They know divorce is inevitable, but they liken it to going to the dentist or other things that you might want to put off. Because let's face it, divorce is not that fun and there's so many excuses, many of which seem really fair in the moment, right?

    Like, my kids are too busy, divorce will cost too much, everything's going smooth right now, I don't want us to start fighting. Will this mess up the kids? The divorce process will take forever won't it? Will I have to go to court? Will I have to hire a lawyer? And so on and so on. And while these are all really valid questions, I do want you to understand that in many cases it actually makes sense for you to move through your divorce now, for financial reasons and legal reasons, but emotionally too. You know if you look back on your life, emotional baggage gets really heavy and the stress of staying in a marriage that isn't working or not getting divorced, but knowing that you need to, it does take a toll on your mental and physical health. I've read so much research, especially from John Gottman about how couples that are enduring marital stress are more likely to experience psychiatric disorders, like depression and even increase the risk of heart problems.

    So financial and legal issues aside, I don't want you to discount the fact that not getting a divorce, but knowing that you need to, can really weigh heavily on you, transition is hard. And so if for that reason alone, I just want you to think about it and now I'll move on to the more obvious stuff like the legal and financial stuff...



    If you have any questions please reach out to us at hellodivorce.com

    • 16 min.
    How to find the right legal help for your divorce?

    How to find the right legal help for your divorce?

    Today's topic is, how and where to find the exact legal help that you need for your divorce. Whether you are thinking about divorce, about to embark on one or maybe you're already in your divorce, but you aren't happy with the strategy that's been employed. This is the episode to listen to if you want to figure out how to best get legal help without going further into debt and with having the best results possible.

    Now I expect that this will be a series over time because I can't possibly go over every type of legal help there is. So as an example - today, we won't be talking too much about mediation. But remember, mediation is a method by which you can resolve disputes. It is not legal advice and it is not legal coaching. So even if you choose that route, you're going to want to seek outside legal help. And that is the topic of today's episode.

    So the first thing that I usually tell people is that you want to figure out what your goals are. And while those goals might change a little bit over time, what I've seen over the last 15 years is that they generally stay very close to what you initially determined. So maybe your goal is to get out of your marriage as quickly as possible. You're willing to waive some of the things that maybe you would be entitled to in exchange for having a peaceful divorce. Maybe your goal is to get exactly what it is you are entitled to by whatever means necessary. Or maybe it's a little bit of both. You're willing to make some compromises, however, you have needs. Those needs are must haves and you also have some wants and those wants would be nice to have. So you're willing to give up on some of the wants in exchange for others so long as your main needs are met.

    And for me it's really easy to talk about that because that is generally what people tell they want in our Hello Divorce calls, or even Levine Family Law Group for that matter. Often times what they tell me is, "I want to know what my legal rights are. I want to understand what likely would happen if I were to go to court and then from there I'd like to either negotiate on my own with my spouse or I'd like to hire a lawyer who can do that for me."

    If your decision is the latter, meaning you would like a lawyer to negotiate on your behalf, then what I want you to do is really seek out lawyers who are focused on, not only educating consumers, but on problem-solving and finding new and innovative ways to help you through your divorce. When I was just getting started 15 years ago as a young lawyer, I had a boss who I idolized. He was a good man, but what he told me was, as I think now, completely wrong. He said, "Consumers want finality by whatever means necessary. That's how you move on. That's how you get closure. So that means we take everything to court, get a judge to make a ruling. Whatever that ruling is, the client can then take it and move on."



    Please check us at www.hellodivorce.com

    Get also get our free ebook "Five Essentials to Win at Divorce" at http://www.hellodivorceguide.com/

    • 12 min.
    A Divorce Lawyer's Valentine's Day Gift!

    A Divorce Lawyer's Valentine's Day Gift!

    Our Valentine's gift to you,  a brand new ebook, Five Essentials To Win At Divorce.
    Ebook >> http://bit.ly/31h14ot
    Welcome to the Hello Divorce podcast, I’m your host, Erin Levine. I’m super excited to share with you my top insider tips for divorce - including actionable steps in bite-sized pieces to lowering the cost, conflict, and confusion surrounding your divorce so that you can move on to that next awesome chapter.
    Hi. Today's topic has to do with a gift I have for you - a new ebook that we are offering at no cost. As most of you know, through Hello Divorce, we have so much content – all curated – some written and designed by me and my team at HD and Levine Family Law Group – and then we also pull in the experts to contribute. Experts in everything from financial planning to negotiation and life coaching b/c after all – lawyers are just one piece of a big divorce puzzle. The one thing that I felt we were missing was a comprehensive ebook. I hesitated to design one because I wanted it to be really meaningful – and do what I wanted it to do – which is to give you the tools you need to get your divorce off to the best start possible. More on that in a second.
    Then the other day, I was speaking to a colleague about her divorce. She wanted a second opinion which I always think is a good idea but at the same time – we have to be so careful because when speaking to someone about their case – you are only getting a very small snippet of the divorce – and hearing it from the client’s experience. Anyhow, she started to tell me about her divorce and man, it was ugly - throughout each step of the way, it was just hurting my heart so much to realize that had we been her guide from the beginning – things could have been so different. I mean, we likely wouldn’t have been able to change what her ex did – how he behaved or the choices he made – but we could have helped shape her experience – and as you know, mindset – well, that’s everything. Life can be spinning out of control and if you trust your path and have the resources and support you need, you can turn that obstacle – that saga – that struggle into a  breakthrough. There’s an opportunity in there to change your course and we want to find that – and put our focus there, not on the actions or (in)actions of your ex. I know – it might feel like I’m simplifying things or that I’m overly optimistic or what’s the word you’re thinking of? Maybe “shut the f- up and get with reality.” Ok, I know. I am oversimplifying. When you are in a traumatic divorce or breakup that breakthrough doesn’t just show up and say ‘hi, everything is going to be ok now. You are stronger than ever and you’re life is going to be sunshine and rainbows.” But, I’m not talking about a particular moment in time. There are times in a heated, contested divorce that all you can find time and energy to do is prepare your strategy – where you have exposure and where you have leverage – and live in that. But overall, if you have the information and understanding you need about the divorce process – about where things are heading and how to get there – you will feel some peace of mind. You will make space to rise from this crappy experience. And you will feel in control – which let’s face it, feeling out of control is the worst feeling ever – feeling like you don't know what's going on and you don't know how to change it or respond to it, is just awful.

    Please go to hellodivorce.com to read the rest of our show notes. 

    Also, let this be our Valentine's gift to you, your brand new ebook, Five Essentials To Win At Divorce.
    Ebook >> http://bit.ly/31h14ot

    • 13 min.
    Child Custody Hacks Your Lawyer Hasn’t Told You About

    Child Custody Hacks Your Lawyer Hasn’t Told You About

    Today's topic is child custody. Most separating parents prioritize two things — getting your kids through divorce with the least amount of emotional damage and disruption to their lives. If you identify with this statement, then you're going to want to listen to this short, but meaningful podcast on how to develop a thoughtful and sustainable parenting plan - that gets you and your kids - exactly where you need to go. Regardless of where you are in the divorce proceedings and whether or not your case is headed to court - I expect you’ll find value in this episode. So keep listening to learn some actionable tips for maximizing your co-parenting strategy!
    If you're thinking about separating from your spouse, if you're concerned that your spouse is going to ask for a divorce, if you're already embroiled in litigation or are about to start mediation, or even if you're just negotiating a parenting plan with your ex outside of the court context, you have a lot to think about. It’s difficult to know what to focus on so that’s why I’m here. To give it to you straight.
    First things first -  While a lawyer can share their experience of how to interpret the law or what the likely outcome is if you were to litigate (aka  go to court), one thing you don’t hear too often is that there’s actually a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to parenting plans.
    The one thing lawyers aren’t usually too concerned with is the details. I’m guilty too. We are so busy focusing on financials  and the actual physical custody orders meaning - where your kids will live and on what schedule - we often overlook the specifics.  It’s going to be up to you to ask for what you need and if you don’t -  you could run into issues.
    So why am I recommending such specific details in your custody orders. Well first of all - let me back up - what do I mean by “orders.” Orders are the terms of your divorce - like your parenting schedule - that are ultimately reduced to paper and signed off by the judge - usually called a divorce judgment or decree. The terms are either negotiated or litigated. If they are negotiated b/n you and your ex - they are an agreement that become an order. If you have to go to court - that is litigation and ultimately it’s the judge that makes the terms that get filed and become an order.
    Back to why I want you to have a detailed parenting agreement -  If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are really great at negotiating and respect each other as parents and people - you likely are a great co-parenting team, and perhaps a flexible parenting plan will work out just fine for you. But, if you have a strained relationship or you had some major communication issues in marriage, and let me tell you, if you had communication issues in marriage, they're going to be ever-present in your divorce. If that's the case, you're going to want to think through a parenting plan and strategy to help you obtain orders that cover all of your basis. Here’s why:
    ...Read the rest of the transcripts at hellodivorce.com

    • 19 min.

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