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Finance and Budgeting 101 Course: June 6, 2017

Here's a transcript of our June 6, 2017 finance and budgeting 101 class we teach for our clients. I've edited the transcript to make it more readable (we all use too many words when we talk). Hope this helps you get your finances in order during your Utah divorce.

Can I Get my Ex to Pay my Divorce Attorney Fees?

So often in Utah divorce, one person makes more money than the other.

 

The Money Disparity Problem

 

Spouses making different amounts of income isn't a problem in a good marriage because couples combine their incomes and work together to make ends meet. In other words, they act as one when it comes to money.

 

Then divorce happens, and they stop acting as one. At this point, is people start hoarding money so the other person can't get to it.

Impact Makers Radio -- Getting your Financial House in Order

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on Impact Makers Radio.

 

The theme of the interview was "getting your financial house in order," and we talked about budgeting and finance for people going through a Utah divorce. I saw Utah divorce, but, honestly, the principles we discussed would benefit anyone anywhere going through divorce.

 

You can listen to the interview here.

 

And, for you readers out there, below is a transcript of the interview:

My Top 5 Books of all Time

I write a lot about Utah divorce. A lot.

 

No surprise there since divorce attorneying is my vocation and what I think about most of the day.

 

Some days, though, it's best to take a step back and think and write about something different.

 

Today's different is lists. Almost every day I make lists. I make lists of goals, things to do, favorite restaurants, top vacation spots, etc.

Enforcing a Utah Court Order/Utah Divorce Decree: The Basics

Let's say you went through a divorce in Utah.

 

At the end of that process, the judge signed a divorce decree.

 

A divorce decree in Utah is really just a court order telling you how things work in your divorce. It covers what you'll do with your assets and debt, your retirement, your kids, everything.

 

And when you have a decree, the assumption is both of you will follow the decree.

5 Tricks to Save Money on your Utah Divorce

Depending on how you handle things, your Utah divorces can be expensive.

 

It doesn't have to be that way, though. Here are the five most effective tricks we've found that help control the cost of people's divorce.

Anatomy of a Subpoena

This is a transcript from a presentation titled "Anatomy of a Subpoena" I gave to a group of therapists on June 6, 2017.

Budgeting Tip: Equalizing your Monthly Utility Payments

The Monthly Budget (A.K.A., your Financial Blueprint)

 

We help our clients how to get out of debt and succeed with money. We feel it's an important part of helping clients through the Utah divorce.

 

And the first step to getting your financial house in order to get out of debt is by creating a monthly budget.

Utah Special Master Agreement

I recently wrote a post explaining what a special master is in Utah divorces.

 

In that post, I explained parents give special masters authority to make decisions. They do that by signing special master agreements, and I thought it might be helpful to show you what's in one of those agreements.

What Is a Special Master in Utah Divorces?

Even though it might not seem like it, the vast majority of Utah divorces go pretty smoothly.

 

Eventually, after the high of litigation and fighting wears off, exes get along and work together for their kids. They don't need supervision to help them talk and work things out.

 

And then there're those other cases.

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