Going through a divorce is one of the toughest things that can happen in your life. There are legal issues, financial complications, and of course, intense emotional strains. The process can be made all the more confusing because of poor, conflicting feedback; you might find this shoddy advice online or hear it from family and friends. Therefore, where do you turn for trustworthy information?
The good news is that you are not alone. There are some reliable blogs and online resources to help you survive the divorce process. As someone who has helped thousands of people get through divorce, I only recommend a handful of blogs. Some of my favorite resources are listed below.
Huffington Post Divorce has the most comprehensive information for people going through a divorce. The blog includes a wide range of interesting topics, including legal issues, co-parenting, and even celebrity issues. There are a wide range of contributors, from individuals (sharing their own experiences and lessons) to experts (e.g., attorneys, therapists, financial analysts, and sex therapists).
The only downside to Huffington Post Divorce is that the amount of information on the site can simply be overwhelming. They have numerous posts every day, and it can be hard to find information about a specific subject. But overall, it has the most complete information related to divorce anywhere online.
Runner-Up for Best Divorce Blog: AvvoStories Divorce
Avvo is a site that provides ratings and reviews for attorneys across the country in various areas of the law. They have a great blog on divorce called AvvoStories, which covers a wide variety of divorce subjects, usually written by former attorneys, authors, and freelance contributors.
Although AvvoStories is not as comprehensive as Huffington Post Divorce, it does focus on some unique, lesser-known subjects, which you will not find articles about anywhere else. For example, AvvoStories discusses divorce concierges and divorce masters. Overall, AvvoStories serves as one-stop shopping for reading, researching, getting answers to questions, and connecting with an attorney.
Best Blog for Divorcing Women: Divorced Girl Smiling by Jackie Pilossoph
In the Divorced Girl Smiling, Jackie Pilossoph shares her experiences and offers advice since her divorce. Her recently redesigned blog covers a wide variety of topics, including separating, co-parenting, and dating after divorce. Pilossoph is also the author of the highly entertaining novel Smiling and the creator of Divorced Guy Grinning, another great blog.
I recommend Divorced Girl Smiling for women looking for practical advice that feels like it is coming from a close friend or peer. The site has a lot of great information, and the writing is both informative and entertaining.
Best Blog for Divorcing Men: Dad’s Divorce by Cordell & Cordell
Cordell & Cordell claims to be “the largest family law firm in the nation focused on men's divorce, child custody, fathers rights, men’s rights, child support and other family law matters.” Their blog provides essential information on the divorce process, child custody issues, child support, property division, and spouse support. They even offer an attorney directory, a variety of divorce guides, and advice about divorce laws in specific states.
This blog is great for men going through contentious divorces. Oftentimes, men feel like divorce laws (especially custody-related ones) are biased in favor of women. As a response, Dad’s Divorce provides very helpful information about protecting men’s interests.
Overall Best Blogs by Divorce Coaches: Moving Past Divorce by Terry Gaspard and Tracy Clifford
This blog is written by Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW, and Tracy Clifford, a mother/daughter team who grew up in divorced families. Their mission is to help women make healthy choices in their relationships, and they are authors of the excellent book Daughters of Divorce: Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents' Breakup and Enjoy a Happy, Long-Lasting Relationship.
The blog is geared toward people seeking tools to help cope with the emotional challenges involved during and after divorce. There are also great guest posts from other experts, including Rosalind Sedacca, Lisa Gabardi, and LJ Burke. In addition, the website includes a comprehensive list of recommended books.
Since My Divorce by Mandy Walker
Mandy Walker is a divorce coach who went through a divorce of her own. Her blog provides advice about many facets of divorce, including emotional and legal challenges.
She also has a great Story Catalog, which includes a large collection of stories about men, women, and children who experienced divorces. They offer unique perspectives that are not regularly found on other sites about divorce.
Overall Best Blog for Financial Planning during Divorce: Divorce and Your Money by Shawn Leamon, MBA, CDFA
Shawn started his career as a financial advisor, then branched out into financial planning for divorces. He created “Divorce and Your Money” to help people going through a divorce make smart financial decisions, save money, and protect their assets.
This website is a great resource for financial guidance when facing a divorce. The podcast is free and offers great information on the go, which is a big plus for busy people who do not have time to sit down and read. The blog covers a large range of topics related to financial concerns during divorce.
The site offers resources for everyone going through divorce, as well as coaching for people who want more individual attention (generally for those who have larger assets). He also offers an affordably priced course called Divorce 101: Your Complete Divorce Plan.
(Full Disclosure: The author is affiliated with Divorce and Your Money.)
Runner-Up Blog for Financial Planning during Divorce: Think Financially by Jeff Landers, CDFA
Jeff Landers writes an informative financial blog for women. He is one of the most prolific writers in the divorce industry, is a regular commentator for Forbes, and is the author of several divorce books, including DIVORCE: Think Financially, Not Emotionally® Volume I: What Women Need To Know About Securing Their Financial Future Before, During, and After Divorce (Volume 1).
He also offers consultation services for those with more complex financial issues. If you want information, his books are the best resource.
Is there a blog you love that I missed? Leave a comment below.
Notes: Blogs focused on family law are excluded from this list, as laws vary by state. I have exclusively focused on blogs that help with the emotional and financial elements of divorce.
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Shawn Leamon, MBA and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, is the host of the Divorce and Your Money Show, the #1 show on iTunes that discusses personal finance issues in divorce. He is also author of Divorce and Your Money: The No-Nonsense Guide, available on Amazon. Learn more at www.divorceandyourmoney.com.
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