How to Have an Amicable Divorce

Divorce. No one plans for it, no one marches down the aisle with it in the back of their head, but it happens.
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Tuesday, 30 July 2019

How to Have an Amicable Divorce

If you are in the process of getting a divorce, you aren’t alone. In fact, while the rate of divorce has dropped, 39% of marriages still end in a divorce based on data from 2019.[i] The chances of divorce have doubled since 1990 for those over 50, in what is often called “gray divorce”.[ii] No matter your age, divorce is hard and considered one of the 7 most stressful life changes a person experiences.[iii] But that doesn’t mean that it has to be some knockdown, drag-out battle. It is possible, believe it or not, to have an amicable divorce.

You may think an amicable divorce is a fictional thing, sort of like staying friends with exes or Santa Claus. However, the truth is that two people can divorce amicably and civilly if they are willing to put in a little work and genuinely commit to ending the relationship on good terms. In this article, we will go over some steps on how to do that.

The Challenges Faced by Women in Transition

After many years in the financial industry, I have met countless women (and men) who have come to me in crisis. Whether it is divorce, loss of a spouse or loss of a career, these transitions can rattle you to your core.
By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The Challenges Faced by Women in Transition

In a marriage, you have spent most of your adult life dedicating your time to your family – your spouse. When that is pulled out from under you it can be hard to navigate your own emotions, let alone the practical administration of what you should be doing for your financial security.

There comes a time in our lives when things have maintained a status quo of sorts for so long that it can be hard to picture a life without what you once had. You have a new life that doesn’t look at all like what you thought it would and sometimes it can be hard to recognize – your life and yourself in it.

According to AARP, almost two-thirds of women in middle and older age have experienced some type of major financial transition.[1] While the transitions can vary from marriage to divorce to retirement or even losing a job later in life, the outcome can often be the same—you end up in a place where you may not know what to do about your finances or how to take the first steps.

Q2 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

News from Flourish

Happy Summer! And what a busy one it has been so far. I just returned from a family trip to Guatemala where we were able to roast marshmallows over the heat of an active volcano, return to the birthplace of my two youngest children, Fernando and Grace, and visit with the now-grown children that we had the opportunity to sponsor in an effort to foster educational opportunities for the underprivileged youth of Guatemala. It was an enriching and emotional journey!

Our staff engaged in a good deal of professional development during the last quarter. Michele Lenz completed the Fundamentals of Financial Life Planning training program with MoneyQuotient, and she also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Financial Coaching workshop designed to increase financial professionals’ understanding of coaching theories and skills, recognize the role of values and motivations, and identify applications in professional practice. In addition, we welcomed our new Client Services Manager, Shelly Fayard-Rerat. To learn more about Shelly’s background and experience you can visit her bio page on our website.

We will be sharing two articles this quarter. The first discusses the challenges that women face at different stages of their lives when they are experiencing financial transitions, and what can be done in the present to help mitigate the impact they can have on your life in the future. If you find that this article will be valuable to a person you care about please don’t hesitate to share it with them. In addition, Jay Pluimer shares his quarterly market commentary. I hope your summer is filled with laughter, love, and barbeques. If you have memorable experiences you’d like to share with us please post them to our Facebook page. We’d love to see your summer adventures!

Q1 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Thursday, 11 April 2019

News from Flourish

Despite the mid-April cold snap and the fact that Jay was out shoveling snow while I was finishing up this newsletter, Spring has sprung here at Flourish Wealth Management and we are certainly grateful for it! With many milestones, news features, events and professional development experiences to share, it is hard to know where to begin. Along with the recent launch of our new website, we have rolled out quite a few professional initiatives to help the Flourish Team maximize our strengths and work together effectively. We were fortunate to have a colleague and friend guide us through the Clifton StrengthsFinder process in order to help each member of the Flourish Team discover their greatest natural talents and explore how we can most effectively integrate those strengths as a team to accomplish our shared goals.

We will celebrate our 5 year anniversary on April 16th and it has given me pause to reflect on how much has been accomplished in these past five years. I am proud of the growth of Flourish Wealth Management, grateful for the growth that I have experienced as a leader, and incredibly appreciative of the client and professional relationships we have developed. This has been a great opportunity to Flourish!

Q4 2018 Quarterly Newsletter

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

News from Flourish

The final quarter of 2018, as well as the entire year, has been a whirlwind of excitement and professional growth for the Flourish team. Our newest team member, Nicole Swanson, joined us at the beginning of November and we are grateful for her contributions in her role as Wealth Manager, her passion and dedication to servicing our clients, and for moving from Madison to join us here in Edina. Thanks, Nicole!

Michele Lenz joined us toward the end of 2017 and through hard work and perseverance earned the CFP® designation in August of 2018. And Michelle White joined us in April 2018 as Client Services Manager and has proved to be an invaluable addition to our little family, leading our custodian relationships and supporting our compliance process which is always top of mind in a wealth management firm. We have received wonderful feedback from our clients about our growing team and we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality services in the coming year. 

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