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5 steps to avoid poverty after a divorce

 Posted on August 02, 2016 in Divorce

Everyone knows that divorce can be expensive. But few people realize how costly it can be for women, especially women over the age of 50.

According to data, the divorce rate for the baby-boomer generation has skyrocketed, with divorces among people over the age of 50 doubling between 1990 and 2010.

Why are women at risk of poverty after a divorce?

While younger people have decades to make up for the financial impact of a divorce, people nearing retirement age have few working years left to recover their losses. Women nearing retirement age are especially vulnerable, particularly if they stayed home for a period of time to raise their children.

In fact, according to Jeff Landers, a Forbes contributor who provides financial advice to women going through divorce, 27 percent of divorced women live in poverty, while only 11 percent of divorced men endure the same hardship.

What you can do to avoid poverty after a divorce

According to Landers, there are five steps women can take to avoid this scary outcome. The steps include:

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Stay in control of your future through divorce mediation

 Posted on February 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you are contemplating divorce you are likely uncertain and anxious about what the future holds. You probably have several questions racing through you mind. Will I have custody of my children? How will the property be divided? Where will I live? Is my standard of living going to change?

Choosing mediation instead of litigation is one way you can have more control over the answers to these questions.

What is divorce mediation?

In mediation, a neutral mediator works with both parties to reach a mutually agreeable proposal. This agreement addresses all matters of the divorce and may be reviewed by each party's attorney before being finalized.

Divorce mediation is highly encouraged or required in many Texas counties.

What are the benefits of mediation?

The primary benefit of mediation is that you avoid the courtroom and a potential lengthy trial. This keeps the decision making process in your own hands instead of hoping for the best with a judge. Other benefits include reduced expenses and maintaining confidentiality (there is no public record).

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Texas CPS investigations: What parents need to know

 Posted on January 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Family is everything to most parents. Nothing can be more upsetting for a mother or father than having their parenting abilities questioned or having their children taken away from them.

What is CPS?

Texas Child Protective Services ( CPS) is the program that investigates when there is an allegation that a parent (or other family/household member) is abusing or neglecting a child.

What happens in a CPS investigation?

If you are the parent of a child alleged to have been abused or neglected, you are likely concerned and unsure about what a CPS investigation entails.

A CPS caseworker will interview the child involved and discuss the report with you. A criminal history of the person involved in the alleged abuse or neglect will also be compiled.

Depending on the circumstances, caseworkers may also interview other people who may have relevant information including other children in the home. Additionally, caseworkers may seek access to the mental health records of those involved, or request medical or psychiatric examinations. Caseworkers may also visit the child's home.

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