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What Issues Should You Watch Out For in a Gray Divorce?

A gray divorce typically involves spouses over the age of fifty and often have been in a long-term marriage spanning more than 20 – 30 years. Divorces are increasing in this demographic, while the younger population’s divorce rate has decreased. When you come to a divorce with over 20 years of experiences, finances, emotions and […]

What Are the Steps of a Collaborative Divorce?

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If you are looking for a stay-out-of-court approach, then a collaborative divorce might be the best path forward for you. The collaborative process utilizes a non-adversarial, non-litigated, confidential approach to divorce.  In the collaborative process you will each have an attorney and may have other professionals such as financial or mental health experts for each […]

What You Should Know About Temporary Child Support

Are you and your spouse dealing with a separation, which will ultimately lead to a divorce? This entire process has so many moving parts, and when you have children involved, it makes it seem even more daunting. But, when you utilize the collaborative divorce process, you have a team of experts who are ready to […]

What steps should you take to prepare for divorce?

As it becomes clear that divorce is in your future, it’s hard to know where to start and what to do first. It’s all so overwhelming! But what if you could have a support team at your side as your divorce journey unfolds and becomes finalized? And it would most likely be more cost and […]

Divorce and Post-Traumatic Stress – What You Can Do

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Often our clients reflect on negative emotional flashbacks such as arguing, yelling at each other, cursing, screaming, violence or unfaithfulness as some of the catalysts for a divorce. This type of home environment likens itself to a warzone, leaving emotional scars that can last a lifetime for anyone in the family. And with these scars, […]

The Wild, the Weird and the Wonderful

One of the most important missions at LACFLA is to be able to not only help couples who are divorcing through the collaborative divorce process but also help the many various professionals who make up the growing group of collaborative divorce teams in California. By offering free monthly professional educational sessions through various discussion groups, […]

How Divorce can Affect a Child’s Mental Health

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By Ria Severance, LMFT As couples reach the place in their marriage where they feel a divorce is the wisest step forward, couples with children, including adult children, are advised to thoughtfully consider how the children will process their parents’ getting a divorce, and how their restructured family landscape will be altered going forward. Work […]

Midlife Crisis and Divorce

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By Ria Severance, LMFT When you experience a mid-life crisis due to developmental or life-changing events, you may notice on the other side of these events that you do not imagine yourself continuing in your marriage. The number one reason people give for divorcing is that they’ve “grown apart.” Maybe you’ve spent over a decade […]

How a Stay-At-Home Parent Should Prepare for Divorce

The parent who stayed at home while the other spouse often worked finds that they can quickly become overly stressed as once the divorce is finalized, they will need to find a new income stream to make up for the income their spouse took with them due to the separation. When we meet with a […]


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