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Saving Money During A Divorce

Last night’s seminar, A Woman’s Journey To Financial Independence, was a success. Thank you to those who attended and expressed their appreciation for the outstanding information. For those who were unable to attend, not to worry, we’re hosting another financial seminar on August 16th: Wine Tasting and Real Estate.

In this new podcast featuring Irene Smith, who presented last night and is co-hosting Wine Tasting and Real Estate next month, she and the partners have a lively discussion about what spouses should know about finances before and during a divorce case. In addition, Irene explains to Ron and Robert the advantages to working with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, including how a CDFA will save you time and money.

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Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: The Problem with Court

This is the fourth and final installment of Honest, Blunt, & Brilliant: Interviews with Attorney Leslie Ellen Shear. This week she talks about some of the problems with California’s family law courts.

“Family courts have been the stepchild of the judicial system all over the world for all of history. They don’t receive the percentage of trial court funding proportionate to the number cases, complexity of cases, importance of cases to individuals involved or the importance of the wellbeing of families and children to the society as a whole. The caseload and the budgets do not compute.”


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Missed Parts 1, 2 & 3? Here they are:

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: “A” Stood for Alternative
Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Child Development
Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Custody Matters

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Learn more about Leslie Ellen Shear at CustodyMatters.com.

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Custody Matters

Ron and Robert had the opportunity to interview Attorney Leslie Ellen Shear at the Pepperdine Law School Consensual Dispute Resolution seminar in 2010. Leslie Ellen Shear is a graduate of UCLA Law School, a California State Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Appellate Law Specialist, and she’s the author of numerous published opinions. Ron and Robert have known her for over twenty-five years and she is one of their most respected colleagues. Honest, blunt, and brilliant, Leslie Ellen Shear is a true powerhouse.

This week Attorney Shear finishes her conversation on child development, then goes on to discuss move-away cases, frequency of contact between children and parents, and the current problems in the California Family Law courts.

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Missed Parts 1 & 2? Here they are:

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: “A” Stood for Alternative
Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Child Development

Don’t miss another episode! Subscribe to Ron and Robert on Divorce on iTunes and tune in next week for the final episode in this four-part series, Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: The Problem with Court.

Learn more about Leslie Ellen Shear at CustodyMatters.com.

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Child Development

Ron Supancic asked Attorney Leslie Ellen Shear what steps parents can take to insure that their children are not harmed by the divorce and she answered,”They can take a deep breath to begin with.”

In part two of this four-part series, Attorney Shear describes beautifully the emotional process a couple goes through while divorcing, what their children go through, and what parents can do to help their children get through it.

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Missed Part 1? Here it is:

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: “A” Stood for Alternative

Don’t miss another episode! Subscribe to Ron and Robert on Divorce on iTunes and tune in next week for Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Custody Matters.

Learn more about Leslie Ellen Shear at CustodyMatters.com.

Mary Culbert’s ABCs of Mediation (Part 2 of 3)

What’s the difference between community mediation programs and private mediators?  Are there different styles of mediation? What kinds of mediation are available?  When can mediation come in handy?  What kind of ethical duty do mediators have to make sure everyone gets a fair shake? How do you complete your case after you’ve made a mediated agreement? Are there ever situations when mediation is not a good idea?

Mary Culbert, Bilingual Certified Mediator, Associate Clinical Professor at Loyola Law School, and president of The Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution answers every question you’ve ever had about mediation but were afraid to ask. (Special thanks to Ron and Robert on Divorce for asking the tough questions.)

Missed last week’s episode? Listen now:

Part 1: Mediation giant Mary Culbert discusses how her family history and a background in theatre paved the way to her career as a peacemaker.

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Financial Check-Up (Part 4 of 4)

Divorce and taxes.  Not unlike death and taxes, though probably not as often seen together in the same sentence. Which is why Ron and Robert asked CPA James Cagle from Allegent Group to talk about this very topic.

Listen now as Mr. Cagle discusses some common misconceptions about how your tax situation may change after divorce, as well as some recent changes to the laws surrounding divorce and taxes. (Podcast #67)

Missed the first three episodes? Here they are:

Part 1 – Prepare for Tax Season 2011, Filing Your 2010 Taxes

Part 2 – Tax credit vs. Tax deduction

Part 3 – The Proper Care and Feeding of Your CPA

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Financial Check-Up (Part 3 of 4)

At the turn of the New Year we posted the first two of four interviews with CPA James Cagle from Allegent Group in Woodland Hills.  Now, with tax day literally knocking at the backdoor, we present Part 3 in this excellent series.

What is the proper care and feeding of a CPA?  In other words, how can you be a better client?

For more information about Mr. Cagle and Allegent Group, click HERE.

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Missed the first two interviews?  Click HERE for Part 1 and click HERE for Part 2.

Financial Check-Up (Part 1 of 4)

The New Year has fallen into our laps, and with it we find ourselves thrust into a new tax season. While you get ready to go out and celebrate tonight, take a few minutes to listen to our latest podcast. This week on Ron and Robert on Divorce, the attorney duo interview James Cagle, a CPA and expert taxman from the Allegent Group, with offices in Woodland Hills and the Santa Clarita Valley. Mr. Cagle has twenty-five years of experience in taxation, business management and directing audits, reviews and compilations with an eye towards measuring and improving the health of business.

Listen now to find out what portion of your attorney’s fees are tax-deductible and to learn some practical tips that will help you prepare for the upcoming tax season.

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To learn more about Mr. Cagle and the Allegent Group, click HERE.

What Does Assembly Bill 939 Mean For You? (Part 2)

Assembly Bill 939 lays out major changes to California family law, including changes to the laws surrounding child testimony. While it’s important to acknowledge the positive effects some of these new laws will surely have, Ron and Robert are left wondering whether anyone has considered the children. What’s going to happen to children who are called to testify against a parent in a divorce case? How do we know children won’t lie to protect one parent over the other? What about the trauma caused to children who are forced to choose between parents? How will these new laws affect today’s children later in life?

These are just some of the questions raised in today’s episode of Ron and Robert on Divorce. Listen now and tell us what you think.

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What Does Assembly Bill 939 Mean for You?

Family Law touches the innermost aspects of a Californian’s life. It determines how often a parent will see his or her child, how much support they will receive, how they’ll be protected from domestic violence, and more.  Last month the governor signed Assembly Bill 939 and as a result, we’re looking at profound changes to the legislature after the first of the year. These changes will significantly impact members of the family law bar, the bench, and the public.  Listen now as Ron and Robert talk about what this important bill means for you.

To download a PDF of Assembly Bill 939, click the following link: Assembly_Bill_939

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