BJ Mann Divorce Blog Index

This page organizes all of BJ's blog posts by divorce topic. It will be updated each time BJ publishes a new post. We hope it helps you find the information you are looking for. If not, please contact BJ, and she'll be glad to … [Read more...]

Divorce and Paying for College

How to pay for college (or other higher education) for the children after your divorce is a very important conversation for parents to have during the divorce. Whatever you and your ex-spouse decide to do about paying for college, your intentions … [Read more...]

Divorce and Assets: Marital Versus Separate Property

One of the trickiest issues a couple going through divorce deals with is determining whether an asset is marital property or separate property. Divorce involves dividing the family’s property. This process can be complicated and contentious, … [Read more...]

Divorce and Bankruptcy

Financial stress may be a factor in the decision to get divorced. Divorce itself may also cause financial stress. Many couples who were able to handle the household debt while living together may find it difficult or even impossible to pay that debt … [Read more...]

Dictionary of Divorce Terms

Divorce is a confusing process at best. Legal language and related words often have precise meanings that don't easily translate for the couple going through divorce. I developed this dictionary to help my clients and reduce their … [Read more...]

Valuing a Business in a Divorce

Putting a price tag on a business is a complex task that gets even more complicated when divorce is involved. Many states view ownership of business interests differently, including what share belongs to the non-owner spouse and how to value the … [Read more...]

The Gray Divorce: Baby Boomers at 50 and Beyond

As with so many of life's assumptions, Baby Boomers are busting through many of the myths regarding aging. Now entering their 50's and 60's, Baby Boomers consider this period the “youth of our old age.” The notion of “until death do us part” has … [Read more...]

Anything But My Pension: Divorce Math

In a previous post, I discussed how divorcing couples divide financial assets and debts during divorce mediation. In it I provided an example of how the decision to share 401Ks, IRAs, and similar retirement savings funds is handled. In this post, … [Read more...]

A Price Tag on Emotions: Divorce Math

Bob and Sally arrive for their first appointment and announce, “We have everything worked out. This will be an easy mediation for you.” What I know is that divorce mediation is never easy. In this case, Bob and Sally have no children and have … [Read more...]

The Wolf Is At the Door—Sharing Money in Divorce

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil—he is fearful, angry, jealous and negative. … [Read more...]