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How I Survived Without Child Support · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  I am a single mom raising two boys on one income. I don’t receive child support or government assistance. I’m not asking for sympathy or tooting my own horn. These are just facts. We live a pretty good life, and I’m proud of my little family. We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, through struggles and celebrations. Single parent life is tough, but you are tougher. Let me explain how I survived without child support. At the time of my divorce, we lived over an hour away from any family, friends and my job. I had no support...

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How to Keep Your Budget in Check this Holiday Season

[ad_1] Ah, the holidays. Amid the cheer, festive gatherings with loved ones, and stress from the inevitable craziness, if not careful, they could put a serious dent on your credit cards. While it’s certainly not news that the holidays happen every year, they do have a way of unexpectedly creeping up on us. However, with a bit of prep, you can avoid those cringeworthy “overspend” moments, and avoid suffering from holiday debt hangover. Here are some ways to keep your spending in check this time around: Create a Holiday Spending Plan You may have a budget, or spending plan, for your your day-to-day...

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Philadelphia Inquirer Critiques Child Support System’s Flaws

[ad_1]The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published a story detailing the ruthless and counterproductive way in which the Montgomery County sheriff’s department utilizes midnight raids and debtor’s prisons to target fathers with outstanding child support debt. The article details how in Montgomery and other Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties, deputies conduct monthly overnight sweeps to capture parents who failed to pay child support, appear for court hearings, or both. Their names are then published in local newspapers and their arrests often aired on local newscasts. Although some are released the next day, others are held in jail for weeks or months at...

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Why Do I Feel So Guilty? · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]He abandoned our daughters but I’m the one feeling guilt and shame.   We were married for 20 years. I thought we had a fantastic marriage. That is until he expressed his unhappiness and desire for a divorce. Him wanting to leave the marriage took a toll on myself and our two daughters. He was a kind and carrying husband and father. I had NO complaints about the marriage and, I definitely had no complaints about his relationship with our daughters. He adored them. Treated them with such gentleness and love. And, they both thought he hung the moon. My ex never missed...

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Fall Into These Good Credit Habits

[ad_1] Good habits are the foundation of a stable life. Little things like exercise, hygiene, meditation and reading can have a tremendous impact if done consistently. It’s about taking a holistic approach to improving and maintaining yourself day in and day out.  The same holds true for your finances. By forming a system of healthy habits, you can avoid the stress that most people associate with managing their money. You may still have setbacks and downturns, but the road to your financial goals will be smoother and less complicated.   The best way to start is by paying closer attention to your credit...

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Navigating Social Waters After Divorce

[ad_1] When you were married, you may have had certain habits that you fell into. You may have had certain friends that you hung out with for couples’ nights or for other types of social occasions. You may have grabbed a drink with the guys or hosted a football watch party with other married couples. When you go through a divorce, these types of situations can change. The feelings of your friends You may have long-lasting relationships with these friends, but everyone reacts to a divorce in a social circle differently, and depending on the person, it can change your relationship. As awkward as...

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A Single Parents Dating Check List · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Single parents are multiplying. And as we get out of our sadness and rebuilding after a divorce, we begin imagining, or not imagining, ourselves in a new (different) relationship. We want things to be different. We want things to be better. We want things to work out this time. And we’ve got kids, and that changes all aspects of our life. Single parent dating, adds another level of complication. Scheduling. Coordinating time with the ex when date times conflict with your parenting schedule. In spite of all the challenges, dating as a single parent is a wonderful adventure. Below are some ideas...

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How to Kickstart an Emergency Fund

[ad_1] Besides having a spending plan and saving for retirement, one of the major tenets of financial wellness is to have a healthy emergency fund. But the reality is that when you’re juggling multiple financial priorities—or simply have a rough time covering your bills each month—building the recommended three to six months for the unexpected is super challenging.   I remember when I was making $30,000 at my first full-time job. While that doesn’t seem like terrible pay, living in Los Angeles can be pricey. With rent on my tiny studio apartment in West L.A. devouring about a third of it, I...

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Is $1,000 Emergency Fund Enough?

[ad_1] People tend to latch on to the wisdom of the most prominent experts in any field. In the case of personal finance, the most famous expert is probably Dave Ramsey. One of his key pieces of advice is to save $1,000 in an emergency fund before paying off any high-interest debt. That’s good advice, but some people end up taking it the wrong way. They assume that $1,000 is the most they need to save, rather than a baseline. For some people, that might be enough – for others, it’s not even close. The amount you need depends entirely on your...

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Free Chattanooga Men’s Divorce School Webinar Oct. 9

[ad_1] DadsDivorce sponsor Cordell & Cordell is offering a free Men’s Divorce School webinar from noon to 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 9 for men in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area. The webinar will review the 10 stupidest mistakes men make during divorce and how to avoid them. It will give guys a convenient way to learn more about what to expect from divorce in a private setting. Cordell & Cordell divorce lawyers will provide an overview of how the divorce process works and go over the 10 most common missteps that end up hurting men, including moving out of the marital...

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