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Divorce Basics Podcasts

Join hosts and SplitReady co-founders Doug Katz and Marya Carey Pleasant as they interview experts from across the divorce field to help divorcing couples understand the basics of the divorce process.

Divorce can be an emotional time that can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Although we don’t like to talk about it, it is important to acknowledge the inherent possibilities of domestic violence that can arise during divorce and separation. Join us for our inaugural episode with a conversation...

Divorce can be an emotional time that can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Although we don’t like to talk about it, it is important to acknowledge the inherent possibilities of domestic violence that can arise during divorce and separation. Join us for our inaugural episode with a conversation...

Divorce can be an emotional time that can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Although we don’t like to talk about it, it is important to acknowledge the inherent possibilities of domestic violence that can arise during divorce and separation. Join us for our inaugural episode with a conversation...

Statistics show that over 30% of the population own either a dog or cat. Many own more than one pet. That equates to 150,000,000 companion animals in the US in over 80,000,000 households. Sadly some of these households will face divorce, which creates the need to find solutions for the continued care...

Statistics show that over 30% of the population own either a dog or cat. Many own more than one pet. That equates to 150,000,000 companion animals in the US in over 80,000,000 households. Sadly some of these households will face divorce, which creates the need to find solutions for the continued care...

Statistics show that over 30% of the population own either a dog or cat. Many own more than one pet. That equates to 150,000,000 companion animals in the US in over 80,000,000 households. Sadly some of these households will face divorce, which creates the need to find solutions for the continued care...

The outcomes in a divorce are inexorably tied to having defined goals and objectives, as well as a good understanding of the resources available. This means having a plan. Join us for a call interview with the Co-Founders of SplitReady for a discussion on the importance of making a divorce plan and the...

The outcomes in a divorce are inexorably tied to having defined goals and objectives, as well as a good understanding of the resources available. This means having a plan. Join us for a call interview with the Co-Founders of SplitReady for a discussion on the importance of making a divorce plan and the...

The outcomes in a divorce are inexorably tied to having defined goals and objectives, as well as a good understanding of the resources available. This means having a plan. Join us for a call interview with the Co-Founders of SplitReady for a discussion on the importance of making a divorce plan and the...

Americans undoubtedly have a lot of stuff. Some interesting statistics below shed light on just how much. Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times)....

Americans undoubtedly have a lot of stuff. Some interesting statistics below shed light on just how much. Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times)....

Americans undoubtedly have a lot of stuff. Some interesting statistics below shed light on just how much. Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem our accumulation has actually become. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times)....

Sometimes the way to eliminate animosity in a marriage and during a divorce is anticipating where the friction can occur and coming to agreement prior on any issues. Additionally, there can be benefit when problems arise in putting an agreement together to assist in managing these differences. Join us...

Sometimes the way to eliminate animosity in a marriage and during a divorce is anticipating where the friction can occur and coming to agreement prior on any issues. Additionally, there can be benefit when problems arise in putting an agreement together to assist in managing these differences. Join us...

Sometimes the way to eliminate animosity in a marriage and during a divorce is anticipating where the friction can occur and coming to agreement prior on any issues. Additionally, there can be benefit when problems arise in putting an agreement together to assist in managing these differences. Join us...

Listen in to get answers to the divorce questions posed by our listeners, including: What is the best way to integrate a step-parent into a parenting agreement? How is renegotiation of a marriage settlement agreement impacted when it is across state lines? Does it matter who files first? How often should...

Listen in to get answers to the divorce questions posed by our listeners, including: What is the best way to integrate a step-parent into a parenting agreement? How is renegotiation of a marriage settlement agreement impacted when it is across state lines? Does it matter who files first? How often should...

Listen in to get answers to the divorce questions posed by our listeners, including: What is the best way to integrate a step-parent into a parenting agreement? How is renegotiation of a marriage settlement agreement impacted when it is across state lines? Does it matter who files first? How often should...

Join us for an engaging discussion with our panelists while we answer questions submitted to us by our listeners. Questions include: What is nesting, and is it right for you? When can I refinance my home and can I do it before I am divorced? Can I use a QDROs for your refinance? Should I … Getting...

Join us for an engaging discussion with our panelists while we answer questions submitted to us by our listeners. Questions include: What is nesting, and is it right for you? When can I refinance my home and can I do it before I am divorced? Can I use a QDROs for your refinance? Should I … Getting...

Join us for an engaging discussion with our panelists while we answer questions submitted to us by our listeners. Questions include: What is nesting, and is it right for you? When can I refinance my home and can I do it before I am divorced? Can I use a QDROs for your refinance? Should I … Getting...

Social media – it’s everywhere. Facebook and Instagram in our personal lives. LinkedIn for our professional lives. Even our President and other politicians have moved to Twitter to communicate with constituents and wage war with one another. Our digital footprint has become as influential as our...

Social media – it’s everywhere. Facebook and Instagram in our personal lives. LinkedIn for our professional lives. Even our President and other politicians have moved to Twitter to communicate with constituents and wage war with one another. Our digital footprint has become as influential as our...

Social media – it’s everywhere. Facebook and Instagram in our personal lives. LinkedIn for our professional lives. Even our President and other politicians have moved to Twitter to communicate with constituents and wage war with one another. Our digital footprint has become as influential as our...

With a divorce rate still in the double digits, the cost of divorce is not only considerable to the couple, but also to the affected municipalities and local governments. As a result, some lawmakers are floating changes to the process that would introduce rules and waiting periods, in an attempt to positively...

With a divorce rate still in the double digits, the cost of divorce is not only considerable to the couple, but also to the affected municipalities and local governments. As a result, some lawmakers are floating changes to the process that would introduce rules and waiting periods, in an attempt to positively...

With a divorce rate still in the double digits, the cost of divorce is not only considerable to the couple, but also to the affected municipalities and local governments. As a result, some lawmakers are floating changes to the process that would introduce rules and waiting periods, in an attempt to positively...

Do you know the percentage of marriages that end in divorce? Most people, including some professionals, would answer 50% of marriages. But that’s not exactly accurate. The truth of the matter is the number of divorces have been below 50% for some time and continues to drop. What does this mean...

Do you know the percentage of marriages that end in divorce? Most people, including some professionals, would answer 50% of marriages. But that’s not exactly accurate. The truth of the matter is the number of divorces have been below 50% for some time and continues to drop. What does this mean...

Do you know the percentage of marriages that end in divorce? Most people, including some professionals, would answer 50% of marriages. But that’s not exactly accurate. The truth of the matter is the number of divorces have been below 50% for some time and continues to drop. What does this mean...

Everyone talks about the emotion and stress of divorce, but what about the logistical and administrative challenges? Even in a fairly straightforward divorce, an extensive amount of paperwork and documents are created. Organizing this mountain of paperwork is essential to be prepared, not only in the...

Everyone talks about the emotion and stress of divorce, but what about the logistical and administrative challenges? Even in a fairly straightforward divorce, an extensive amount of paperwork and documents are created. Organizing this mountain of paperwork is essential to be prepared, not only in the...

Everyone talks about the emotion and stress of divorce, but what about the logistical and administrative challenges? Even in a fairly straightforward divorce, an extensive amount of paperwork and documents are created. Organizing this mountain of paperwork is essential to be prepared, not only in the...

A generation is defined by the times that they live and the age of its population. These differences of time and age strongly impact the needs and behavior of those generations from baby boomers to generation “Z”. Divorce is no different, and each generation has their own trends and considerations....

A generation is defined by the times that they live and the age of its population. These differences of time and age strongly impact the needs and behavior of those generations from baby boomers to generation “Z”. Divorce is no different, and each generation has their own trends and considerations....

A generation is defined by the times that they live and the age of its population. These differences of time and age strongly impact the needs and behavior of those generations from baby boomers to generation “Z”. Divorce is no different, and each generation has their own trends and considerations....

When people over the age of 50 get divorced, it’s often referred to as a “gray divorce.” Over the past 20 years, the general divorce rate has declined, but gray divorce has doubled. Divorce for this age group can have some unique challenges. Join us for an engaging discussion with Cameron...

When people over the age of 50 get divorced, it’s often referred to as a “gray divorce.” Over the past 20 years, the general divorce rate has declined, but gray divorce has doubled. Divorce for this age group can have some unique challenges. Join us for an engaging discussion with Cameron...

When people over the age of 50 get divorced, it’s often referred to as a “gray divorce.” Over the past 20 years, the general divorce rate has declined, but gray divorce has doubled. Divorce for this age group can have some unique challenges. Join us for an engaging discussion with Cameron...

When a marriage is ending, the common view is that the couple strongly dislikes each other. Sometimes divorce seems like two people put the gloves on and duke it out in a bare-knuckled fight. But that doesn’t need to be the case in your divorce. In fact, injecting civility into the process can...

When a marriage is ending, the common view is that the couple strongly dislikes each other. Sometimes divorce seems like two people put the gloves on and duke it out in a bare-knuckled fight. But that doesn’t need to be the case in your divorce. In fact, injecting civility into the process can...

When a marriage is ending, the common view is that the couple strongly dislikes each other. Sometimes divorce seems like two people put the gloves on and duke it out in a bare-knuckled fight. But that doesn’t need to be the case in your divorce. In fact, injecting civility into the process can...

We all know yawns are contagious. Whether or not you’re tired, if someone yawns, you yawn. But does the effect go further, say into divorce? Researchers have found that people with divorced siblings are 22% more likely to divorce. When divorce is at a higher rate in a community or geographical...

We all know yawns are contagious. Whether or not you’re tired, if someone yawns, you yawn. But does the effect go further, say into divorce? Researchers have found that people with divorced siblings are 22% more likely to divorce. When divorce is at a higher rate in a community or geographical...

We all know yawns are contagious. Whether or not you’re tired, if someone yawns, you yawn. But does the effect go further, say into divorce? Researchers have found that people with divorced siblings are 22% more likely to divorce. When divorce is at a higher rate in a community or geographical...

There is no doubt that we are in a time of extreme partisanship. People and politicians nowadays have such strong beliefs or opinions that they are reluctant to compromise on anything. These beliefs transcend to social media and even in person interactions, where people start tirades about whose political...

There is no doubt that we are in a time of extreme partisanship. People and politicians nowadays have such strong beliefs or opinions that they are reluctant to compromise on anything. These beliefs transcend to social media and even in person interactions, where people start tirades about whose political...

There is no doubt that we are in a time of extreme partisanship. People and politicians nowadays have such strong beliefs or opinions that they are reluctant to compromise on anything. These beliefs transcend to social media and even in person interactions, where people start tirades about whose political...

Cue the drama. In Hollywood, drama sells tickets and gets butts in seats, but is Hollywood’s overly dramatic depiction of divorce accurate? And, more importantly, do Hollywood’s dramatic divorces create preconceived notions that harm the real people who are going through divorce? Join us...

Cue the drama. In Hollywood, drama sells tickets and gets butts in seats, but is Hollywood’s overly dramatic depiction of divorce accurate? And, more importantly, do Hollywood’s dramatic divorces create preconceived notions that harm the real people who are going through divorce? Join us...

Cue the drama. In Hollywood, drama sells tickets and gets butts in seats, but is Hollywood’s overly dramatic depiction of divorce accurate? And, more importantly, do Hollywood’s dramatic divorces create preconceived notions that harm the real people who are going through divorce? Join us...

Divorce seems to be the most frequent choice of splitting up for married couples, but that’s just one way to break up. Other options, such as separation, are available for spouses to split from each other. What, though, is the difference between separation and divorce? Does legal separation mean...

Divorce seems to be the most frequent choice of splitting up for married couples, but that’s just one way to break up. Other options, such as separation, are available for spouses to split from each other. What, though, is the difference between separation and divorce? Does legal separation mean...

Divorce seems to be the most frequent choice of splitting up for married couples, but that’s just one way to break up. Other options, such as separation, are available for spouses to split from each other. What, though, is the difference between separation and divorce? Does legal separation mean...

What is a SplitReady Divorce Pro? They are your best resource for support, information and guidance. But don’t just take our word for it, hear from our experts about the benefits of using a SplitReady Divorce Pro for your divorce. Join us for an engaging discussion with Joshua Berngard from Buzzer...

What is a SplitReady Divorce Pro? They are your best resource for support, information and guidance. But don’t just take our word for it, hear from our experts about the benefits of using a SplitReady Divorce Pro for your divorce. Join us for an engaging discussion with Joshua Berngard from Buzzer...

What is a SplitReady Divorce Pro? They are your best resource for support, information and guidance. But don’t just take our word for it, hear from our experts about the benefits of using a SplitReady Divorce Pro for your divorce. Join us for an engaging discussion with Joshua Berngard from Buzzer...

We do so many things virtually today – why not divorce? After all, if you can get a medical opinion through a computer, a marriage can be dissolved online. What may the future hold for technology and divorce? Join us for an engaging discussion on divorce and technology with Amy Schillinger from Balance...

We do so many things virtually today – why not divorce? After all, if you can get a medical opinion through a computer, a marriage can be dissolved online. What may the future hold for technology and divorce? Join us for an engaging discussion on divorce and technology with Amy Schillinger from Balance...

We do so many things virtually today – why not divorce? After all, if you can get a medical opinion through a computer, a marriage can be dissolved online. What may the future hold for technology and divorce? Join us for an engaging discussion on divorce and technology with Amy Schillinger from Balance...

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Divorce Basics Blogs

Get tips and education from our divorce experts as you start to learn about the paths you can take through your divorce.

  I am a prepper.  I learned to admit this several years ago and even had a business that provided disaster preparedness information, training and products.  Before your mind fills with images of me locked in a steel bunker surrounded by canned food and ammunition, let me clarify that I was not...

  I am a prepper.  I learned to admit this several years ago and even had a business that provided disaster preparedness information, training and products.  Before your mind fills with images of me locked in a steel bunker surrounded by canned food and ammunition, let me clarify that I was not...

  I am a prepper.  I learned to admit this several years ago and even had a business that provided disaster preparedness information, training and products.  Before your mind fills with images of me locked in a steel bunker surrounded by canned food and ammunition, let me clarify that I was not...

by Douglas Katz

Divorce is a complex process.  Technology can be a huge help when trying to keep everything straight. On the other hand, technology can also end up costing you precious time and money if you make the wrong choices.  It is easy to fall in love with what seems like the perfect specialized platform; but...

Divorce is a complex process.  Technology can be a huge help when trying to keep everything straight. On the other hand, technology can also end up costing you precious time and money if you make the wrong choices.  It is easy to fall in love with what seems like the perfect specialized platform; but...

Divorce is a complex process.  Technology can be a huge help when trying to keep everything straight. On the other hand, technology can also end up costing you precious time and money if you make the wrong choices.  It is easy to fall in love with what seems like the perfect specialized platform; but...

by Douglas Katz

  There is no doubt that with divorce comes paper – lots of paper.  Documenting everything from income to expenses to assets are essential to navigating both high-conflict and amicable divorces.  Much of these documents are sensitive and filled with personal information.  This can create some...

  There is no doubt that with divorce comes paper – lots of paper.  Documenting everything from income to expenses to assets are essential to navigating both high-conflict and amicable divorces.  Much of these documents are sensitive and filled with personal information.  This can create some...

  There is no doubt that with divorce comes paper – lots of paper.  Documenting everything from income to expenses to assets are essential to navigating both high-conflict and amicable divorces.  Much of these documents are sensitive and filled with personal information.  This can create some...

by Douglas Katz

When I tell people what I do and the market in which I work, the results are predictable.  I get the inevitable comments about the huge divorce rate and how easy that it must be to make a living in such a lucrative field.  Sometimes, however, I get an alarmingly visceral negative response.  I have …...

When I tell people what I do and the market in which I work, the results are predictable.  I get the inevitable comments about the huge divorce rate and how easy that it must be to make a living in such a lucrative field.  Sometimes, however, I get an alarmingly visceral negative response.  I have …...

When I tell people what I do and the market in which I work, the results are predictable.  I get the inevitable comments about the huge divorce rate and how easy that it must be to make a living in such a lucrative field.  Sometimes, however, I get an alarmingly visceral negative response.  I have …...

by Douglas Katz

I am in the middle of a divorce with an unpredictable spouse who I feel could become dangerous. How do I create a personal safety plan? – Toni from Lincoln First and foremost, what works for one person may not be a good solution for another individual. You need to figure out what works for …...

I am in the middle of a divorce with an unpredictable spouse who I feel could become dangerous. How do I create a personal safety plan? – Toni from Lincoln First and foremost, what works for one person may not be a good solution for another individual. You need to figure out what works for …...

I am in the middle of a divorce with an unpredictable spouse who I feel could become dangerous. How do I create a personal safety plan? – Toni from Lincoln First and foremost, what works for one person may not be a good solution for another individual. You need to figure out what works for …...

by Douglas Katz

  October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  SplitReady is committed to helping people understand the importance of cyber security during separation or divorce. Do you have questions of divorce cyber security?  Check out our videos below on safe browsing.   BROWSING INCOGNITO  ...

  October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  SplitReady is committed to helping people understand the importance of cyber security during separation or divorce. Do you have questions of divorce cyber security?  Check out our videos below on safe browsing.   BROWSING INCOGNITO  ...

  October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  SplitReady is committed to helping people understand the importance of cyber security during separation or divorce. Do you have questions of divorce cyber security?  Check out our videos below on safe browsing.   BROWSING INCOGNITO  ...

by Douglas Katz

How can I hide divorce planning and researching from my spouse? – Todd from Cleveland, OH Great question! To approach keeping divorce planning a secret from your spouse,  you need to consider both the physical and digital aspects of your life. Separate Physical Mail and Block GPS You need to eliminate...

How can I hide divorce planning and researching from my spouse? – Todd from Cleveland, OH Great question! To approach keeping divorce planning a secret from your spouse,  you need to consider both the physical and digital aspects of your life. Separate Physical Mail and Block GPS You need to eliminate...

How can I hide divorce planning and researching from my spouse? – Todd from Cleveland, OH Great question! To approach keeping divorce planning a secret from your spouse,  you need to consider both the physical and digital aspects of your life. Separate Physical Mail and Block GPS You need to eliminate...

by Douglas Katz

How do I know if divorce is the right answer? – Rebecca from Des Moines, IA As infuriating as this answer probably is… you will know, without a shred of doubt, if divorce is the right answer. Every story is different and every person has their point of no return in a relationship. Therefore, no...

How do I know if divorce is the right answer? – Rebecca from Des Moines, IA As infuriating as this answer probably is… you will know, without a shred of doubt, if divorce is the right answer. Every story is different and every person has their point of no return in a relationship. Therefore, no...

How do I know if divorce is the right answer? – Rebecca from Des Moines, IA As infuriating as this answer probably is… you will know, without a shred of doubt, if divorce is the right answer. Every story is different and every person has their point of no return in a relationship. Therefore, no...

by Douglas Katz

How much does divorce cost? – Anne from Cincinnati, OH That question is received with a common answer in divorce, it depends. We even joked about it on one of our podcast episodes. Because divorce is different for everyone, a divorce can literally cost anywhere from zero to several hundreds of...

How much does divorce cost? – Anne from Cincinnati, OH That question is received with a common answer in divorce, it depends. We even joked about it on one of our podcast episodes. Because divorce is different for everyone, a divorce can literally cost anywhere from zero to several hundreds of...

How much does divorce cost? – Anne from Cincinnati, OH That question is received with a common answer in divorce, it depends. We even joked about it on one of our podcast episodes. Because divorce is different for everyone, a divorce can literally cost anywhere from zero to several hundreds of...

by Douglas Katz

When browsing the internet, we at SplitReady always recommend that you use incognito or other secret modes when you want to avoid anyone seeing information on your divorce search. Sometimes, however, you forget or cannot use that mode. Under those circumstances, you can clear your search history and...

When browsing the internet, we at SplitReady always recommend that you use incognito or other secret modes when you want to avoid anyone seeing information on your divorce search. Sometimes, however, you forget or cannot use that mode. Under those circumstances, you can clear your search history and...

When browsing the internet, we at SplitReady always recommend that you use incognito or other secret modes when you want to avoid anyone seeing information on your divorce search. Sometimes, however, you forget or cannot use that mode. Under those circumstances, you can clear your search history and...

by Douglas Katz
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