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How to Help Your Kid with FAFSA, Student Loans, and More!

[ad_1] It’s easy to assume that the role of a parent diminishes as a child approaches high school graduation. This is when many parents choose to step back and allow their kids to become the primary decision-makers in their own lives.  But the time between high school and college is more than just a symbolic transition from childhood to adulthood – it’s a period of life-changing and complicated decisions. How your child navigates the questions of school choice, financial aid and student loan debt will have a major impact on not just their college years, but the trajectory of their entire adult...

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21 Tips to Help You Support And Understand Your Teen During Divorce

[ad_1]  It’s normal if a teenager doesn’t know what to think when their parents get a divorce. It can be very shocking. The thoughts and feelings going through their mind are usually confusing and scary, having very little idea of what might happen to them or their family. Some questions they might have are … “Do we have to move?” “Will I be able to go to college?” “Is this my fault?” “Will I see my father?” “What will my friends think of me?” “Why me?” In many instances, teens might feel like they can’t talk with their parents about how they feel. They might be embarrassed or...

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How To Teach Your Kids About Budgeting At The Farmer’s Market

[ad_1]Aside from cooking, if there’s one important lesson I learned from my parents it would have to be about budgeting. I grew up in a large family of 6, and we enjoyed delicious home cooked Vietnamese dishes, so I’ve had my fair share of trips to the Asian market to pick out the dinner ingredients. We couldn’t always get the pre-packaged American snacks from the commercials, but now that I think about it, learning those lessons about budgeting for our family really came in handy for me now that I’m a parent- way more handy than any fun snacks...

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Joseph E. Cordell Honored With 2019 ICON Award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

[ad_1] Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner and Men’s Divorce’s sponsor attorney-CPA Joseph E. Cordell has been named an honoree of the 2019 ICON Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly for his notable and sustained success and leadership both within and beyond the field of law. The ICON Awards, launched in 2018, are presented to distinguished attorneys age 60 and older in recognition of their exemplary careers and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community. Click here to learn more about the ICON Awards. Along with 26 other attorneys from around the state, Mr. Cordell will be celebrated at the second annual...

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Consumer Commission – Student Loan Proposals (Part II)

[ad_1] Photo: Nina Konstantinidou Last week, we outlined the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy’s proposals to improve the fresh start in bankruptcy by expanding the discharge of more student loans.  But the Commission recommended Congress make other changes to help people burdened with student loan debt. In particular, the Commission recommended that student loans be given priority treatment.  In bankruptcy, when the trustee is paying creditors, either in a chapter 7 or chapter 13 case, certain debts get paid ahead of others.  These are called “priority claims.”  Usually these are things society has a strong interest in having paid, like child support,...

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4 Things All Divorced Dads Should Do For Their Kids

[ad_1]Divorce is incredibly difficult, but it is important for you to keep in mind how your breakup is affecting your children. As a father, the best interest of your children is always your top priority. You should never lose sight of that. After divorce, your children count on you more than ever. With that in mind, here are four things all divorced dads should do to help their kids adjust to their divorce. Don’t expose them to any breakdowns Two of the most common emotions associated with divorce are anxiety and depression. There is just so much emotional turmoil to overcome that it is...

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Understand Your Money Better with MintSights™

[ad_1] We know you love Mint, and Mint loves you right back. That’s why we’ve brought a refreshed look and feel that features a sleek design, added benefits, and a simplified view of what’s important with your money. This month, Mint is rolling out a new app experience for Android users, one that iOS users have been enjoying since the Fall. Featuring exclusive data-driven Mintsights to help existing (and new!) users effortlessly stay on top of their savings, expenses and budgets. The refreshed app will intelligently use all of your financial data to unlock powerful money insights and money-saving offers and...

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Leaving Shame Behind After Divorce

[ad_1] The emotions attached to the divorce process are unique to the individual. You may feel happy that you are finally free of a dysfunctional marriage. You may feel angry that all of the time, love, and effort you put into the marriage is all for not. You may feel guilty with the idea that you and your co-parent could not make your relationship work, and now your shared children will have to have two separate homes and have to process the end of their parents’ marriage. One of the more common emotions attached to the divorce experience is shame. Marital discord When you...

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Consumer Commission – Student Loan Discharge Recommendations

[ad_1] The American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy issued its final report last week.   This is the first in a series of articles about those recommendations.  To see more information about the Commission, follow this link. As a commissioner, I can tell you that the subject of student loans in bankruptcy was probably the single most popular topic of suggestions to and discussions  within the Commission. And the Commission took that to heart. Most critically, we recommended bankruptcy law be re-written to allow for more student loans to be discharged — or paid — in bankruptcy cases.  The very first...

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How To Minimize Divorce Damage And Speed Your Recovery

[ad_1] The road to divorce recovery is typically long and arduous. Family court is set up in a way that tends to breed conflict, making amicable breakups tough to accomplish. Unfortunately, the divorce process tends to be even more challenging for men and fathers. So many guys end up with alimony and child support payments that bleed them dry financially and far too many fathers are left with unfavorable child custody arrangements that limit the role they play in their children’s lives. The stress and emotional turmoil of divorce increases the physical and mental health risks men are exposed to – divorce...

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