Divorce through the lens of a financial planner

Control. Confidence. Closure. There is little doubt that the anticipation of divorce will cause fear of what the future will look like. During divorce, spouses are often at their most vulnerable both financially and emotionally, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. When this happens, knowledge and information can be the best weapons to avoid making costly mistakes, and having a successful long term outcome. In our monthly Second Saturday workshops, we ask that participants fill out an intake questionnaire. We want to gauge how they are feeling toward the topics we discuss. As we start the workshops, we often find participants describing emotions like fear and anxiety toward their financial s

Moving past your fears in divorce

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie Dealing with fear is one of the biggest challenges in divorce. Fear is designed to keep us safe; it stops us from touching a hot stove or running out into traffic. But when we let it dominate our thoughts, it can keep us stuck and unable to move forward toward a new life. We humans all suffer from fear of change and fear of the unknown. And yet, life is filled with change, and the unknown future may well hold all the goodness we desire, rather than what we fear. How can we get a grip on fear and begin trusting ourselves to cope well with change? As the w

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