Podcast 1:24 – Coming to terms with Child Support and Alimony

When people get divorces there is a huge financial explosion. All of the assets you have built together are now going to be exploded and divided. Not just two ways, lawyers will get their cut as well. But your financial obligation does not stop there, it is just the beginning. The emotions around money in a divorce, alimony, and child support are pretty raw. In this episode, we investigate those feelings and how to deal with them.

Divorce is Costly

  • Divorce is expensive. Especially if you have assets to divide, and if you are contesting child custody or alimony. 
  • Typical divorces cost $20,000 but can easily balloon to over $100,000.
  • Many couples find themselves in bankruptcy after a divorce or right before it is finalized.
  • The divorce is just the beginning for costs. You need to make the money that you have now pay for two homes, two sets of clothes, etc…
  • A good income just went to an ok income.
  • Everything you have been working for your whole life has been destroyed. Now divided to 4 parties. You, your ex,  the lawyers, and the kids. 
  • Courts do not want to make subjective rules on support. They default to a calculator as much as possible, based on your situation. Every state has a calculator. You can find them online.
  • Pay what the court mandates you have to pay. Not paying only gets you in trouble with the court and cost you so much more.
  • You may run into a problem with garnishment. 
  • Keep all of you returned checks or receipts when you pay child support or alimony. Most states will garnish wages before evidence is brought forth.

Feeling of resentment

  • You may have feelings of resentment if you pay a large amount of child support or alimony to your ex. 
  • When you work 60 hours a week and you see your ex buy a new car, or boat or go on a trip to Europe, you have a feeling that you paid for those things and how is that fair?
  • You need to get over it. I try to disconnect my paying child support to anything going in my Exes life.  Even after several years it still stings sometimes.
  • The feeling of resentment can also occur with your spouse. Why do they get to go to Hawaii and we cannot afford it?
  • Be mindful of how you can cause resentment if you are receiving support are you bragging about your new car, trip, etc.. on Facebook? Is that causing resentment to the one you are getting support from? 
  • You should not be friends with your ex on Facebook. 
  • When you blend the families you need to work through who is working where etc…
    • When we got married Paige wanted to stay home with the little kids. But we were not sure we could afford it. That caused resentment because Darren makes a good living, but is now supporting two households.

Tips 

  • Try your best to limit how much the lawyers get, by working with your ex.
  • You need a post divorce life budget. Your finances are very different now.
  • You should not be writing a personal check. Find ways to take the emotion out of it. Setting up automatic payments if possible. 
  • Keep the canceled check or proof of payment.
  • Don’t expect an account of where the money is spent. No judge will require this.
  • Make it as business-like as possible.  Make it a bill pay from your bank.
  • Some states have payment options through the state website.
    • We pay through the state and we pay with our credit card and get points for Travel.
  • Consider it a tax or something that comes up automatically.

Transcript

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hello this is Darren and this is page

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and this is where’s the lemonade where

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we talked about what happens when life

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throws you lemons make some lemonade

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maybe some weeks it’s lemons worse yeah

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some weeks it’s just lemons on today’s

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episode we’re gonna talk about child

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support and alimony

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money money money so yeah let’s get to

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the nitty-gritty baby yeah I mean we’re

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gonna talk about money but we’re gonna

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talk more about the emotional side of

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paying alimony and child support it is

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very emotional money is emotional yes it

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is without a divorce money causes lots

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of emotions but in a divorce it’s even

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worse and divorce is extremely costly it

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can be for some people it can especially

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if you have assets that need to be

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divided or if you’re contesting any

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child support or child custody or any of

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that the lawyers are making a lot of

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money off of the arguments that you’re

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having with your ex that is true so the

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more you can stay away from them the

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better right absolutely no offense to

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any of the lawyers we have lots of good

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friends that our lawyers love you

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lawyers but the more that you can do to

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agree on things the better off you’re

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going to be as far as yes and they can’t

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be necessary you know sometimes you you

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just have to to bite the bullet and get

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a lawyer because you need to have

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someone that knows what they’re doing

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yeah absolutely cuz even getting stuff

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through an amicable divorce through the

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court system can be difficult because of

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all the paperwork and the process that

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you have to follow right a typical

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divorce in the United States today costs

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about twenty thousand dollars and if

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it’s contested they can easily spiral

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out of control into the hundreds of

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thousands of dollars that’s crazy to me

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because you and I had two very different

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divorces we did yeah yours was much more

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right on the back of an envelope and

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you’re done almost yeah we went to the

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courthouse and met with my gaiter yeah

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kind of a mediator for free and she

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wrote down

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the things that we talked about I mean

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we really had we had very little assets

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we didn’t own a home the cars we owned

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were junk yeah I mean we didn’t really

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have any save you like we there was not

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there was we were dividing up the debt

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not the assets exactly and for me there

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were assets I’d spent you know my whole

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life building up a nest egg so that we

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could be financially secure so we had to

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split up those assets well we did some

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research on this most people who go

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through a divorce end up declaring

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bankruptcy that’s that makes me really

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sad right but we ours ours cost a little

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bit more at first but not that much not

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at first right well when we divided

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everything up but it is costly it’s

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difficult because all that stuff that

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you’ve gathered over the years is now

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going to be divided in half but actually

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not even in half because the lawyers are

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going to take a bite of that as well

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right so it’s divided in several

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different parts just keep that in mind

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and it’s well like you said everything

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that you’d been working for right you

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had a career going you had all these

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things built up and and if you’re going

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through a divorce with very negative

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emotions which most divorces are yeah

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it’s going to make you even angrier to

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watch half of your nest egg or more half

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or more because you’re you’re paint or

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you better sell that brand-new Porsche

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that you bought you know where you had a

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Porsche no I did not have a poor she’s

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gonna say oh it was a minivan babe yeah

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that’s all there was

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you’re holding out on me yeah but no you

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can have a lot of resentment build up

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because of these monetary things right

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right and it’s important to understand

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that the divorce part is just the first

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part of your monetary disaster that’s

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happening to you right you divided all

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your assets in you know in half actually

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more than that once everyone takes their

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you know chunk of meat out of you and

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then after that if you are the primary

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red earner then you have alimony and

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child support to pay right now let’s

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explain to people that aren’t aware of

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how it works and we can only speak for

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California because we don’t know exactly

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what happens in other states but in

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California people people are always

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interested in and how how it is

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determined that how much child support

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you pay and how much child support I

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receive right because I receive child

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support from my ex and you pay child

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support that’s correct

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to your ex and people are always curious

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about how much and how did you decide

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that we do not decide that no the court

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decides that and they use a calculator

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it’s actually pretty simple

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yeah and almost every state has a

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calculator a child support calculator

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you go on there you say how much your

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income is how much your spouse’s income

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is and then they tell you who pays what

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to who and if you are a stay-at-home mom

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right or stay-at-home dad home dad they

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put you at minimum wage right they

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assess you at they assess your the

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minimum wage so and then what they do is

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they then take a look at how much time

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you have with the kids and I thought

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naively that all right I make this much

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money and I’m getting the kids half the

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time so I should only pay for half of

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the expenses do you think right but my

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ex didn’t work she stayed at home and

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raise the kids like we had discussed

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right and we plan on but even if even if

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that was different just because we’re

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50/50 custody doesn’t mean that hey it’s

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it’s break-even now doesn’t work that

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way the calculators are pretty accurate

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um and most judges will just say what’s

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the calculators say right because he

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doesn’t want to deal with well he said

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this or she said that it’s just hand in

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your w-2s and or your 1040 s whatever

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the numbers on there that’s what we use

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in the calculator and you’re done right

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yeah they don’t care about all the

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little incidentals I don’t care if you

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go in there and say well he went to you

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know Hawaii or Germany with the feint

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the judge doesn’t care right there are

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some circumstances that

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occur if you have a kid with special

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needs or things like that but the what I

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found in the courts is they don’t they

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don’t want to get in the middle of the

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fight between you two right so they

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refer primarily to these calculators

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which are not subjective I mean there

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you put the numbers in and it spits a

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number out so right um you can go look

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those things up yourself and you’ll find

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that divorce is not worth it monetarily

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as just not no no you went from

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supporting one household to now you’re

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supporting two two households and so

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basically what that means we were

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explaining this to Madeline today right

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we were talking about our episode and

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she said oh so that means you have a lot

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less spending money and we said yeah

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yeah that’s what it means that is right

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so what used to be a nice life with you

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know we did this and we did that because

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we had extra money now that extra money

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that you used to have because you had a

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good income is now all gone well and

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that’s the same if you have a two-income

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household as well because you both put

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your money together to rent a house or

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buy a house you work that together and

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now you have to with that same pot of

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money you now have to buy two houses

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right afford to rinse two sets of

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clothing it’s very expensive yes it is

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so like I said our our divorces were

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very different monetarily very very

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different so I think it was harder maybe

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on you because you saw you know your

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assets dwindling away you know where we

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didn’t have any assets they were never

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there at a dwindles yeah I I would I

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really went into my first marriage

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planning on it to be forever and I

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wanted to retire it you know a spry age

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of in my 50s and I was all on track to

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do that and it all disappeared right so

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that’s that’s what we’re gonna talk

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about in a second here is the resentment

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that that can can bring but we have to

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talk about some other things first pay

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what the court tells you to pay yeah

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don’t don’t goof around with that stuff

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even if maybe your spouse owes you half

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of medical bills or half of volleyball

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camp or whatever it was don’t take that

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out of the monthly

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payment that you owe them for alimony or

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child support the court doesn’t care all

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they want to see is did you pay them the

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amount that the court dictated you know

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keep that completely separate

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garnishment can happen as well and the

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state state of California is like this

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all you have to do if you want

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garnishment is say they haven’t paid no

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evidence is needed nothing they’ll

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immediately start garnishing your wages

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from your employer and then you’ve got

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to go back to court and fight that right

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which sometimes can cause problems yeah

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as the court takes time and your payroll

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what your work takes time there was a

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couple months there where I actually

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paid my whole paycheck to the court so I

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went without money for a couple months

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it was that was not good that was a

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rough couple of months my credit card

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was are all the way pegged right and the

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judge felt bad about that well the judge

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told ya the judge was like oh man and

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you still had to take the time to

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reverse all of this and that was

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actually they won’t reverse it no they

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won’t they don’t reverse it they won’t

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cut you a check

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it’s just they just say well it’s going

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forward so you’ve already paid for the

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next two months yeah we weren’t getting

10:04
any money back so I was like oh I mean

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goes now you’ll figure it out I said oh

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thank you

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so just you got to keep track of things

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that’s you know be be cognizant of

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garnishments stay on top of paying your

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child support and alimony yep definitely

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okay let’s talk about the feelings on

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paying child support let’s talk about my

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feelings first are we talk about just

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child support or alimony no alimony and

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child support both right all clump

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together it’s all clumped together I you

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know some people separate well I can’t

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imagine paying alimony but I will pay

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child support

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well when push comes to shove it’s money

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going to the other person right right at

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your ex whether it’s your wife is paying

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you or you’re paying your wife it really

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doesn’t matter there’s always a little

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bit of resentment there Oh a lot of it

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when you first get a lot of a lot when

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you first let’s not let’s not Pollyanna

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this it’s it’s a lot when you first get

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divorced because like you said you’re

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sitting here going holy cow all this

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that I’ve worked for I’ve just given

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half or more away now I’m every single

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month I’m having to give almost half of

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my paycheck what you know it it was

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tough right it is tough and you know

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City California recognizes that and they

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didn’t want to make sure that no no

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person that’s paying alimony and child

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support goes without so they limit the

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amount that you have to pay to half of

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your gross woohoo yeah that’s loads of

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fun right so hey do the math on taxes

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and all that then you’re really left

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with at the end of the month about 15

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percent of your gross which really

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stinks yes but remember that’s if you’re

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the only breadwinner and then things go

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that right every situations different of

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course every situation is different but

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you can have a lot of this resentment I

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just work 60 hours a week and my whole

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paycheck just went into my ex right it’s

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a really a hard feeling and it takes

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time to get over that but eventually

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time has to be has to be a play in that

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time does help and I think I mean it’s

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hard and sometimes just when you think

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right you start looking at it

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differently like you know what I might

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we don’t even look at that money it

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doesn’t right we act as if that money

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never even came to us it’s just not even

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there but then when you see you know and

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acts you know I haven’t I’ve had friends

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with this there

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X goes and buys a new car are there on a

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fancy vacation right you can’t help but

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let those feelings creep up again right

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it’s like Oh glad I paid for that

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you know it’s yeah so you have to take

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the attitude of I consider it myself as

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a tax right it’s a tax that I have to

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pay and when one of my kids moves out of

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the house finally then that tax goes

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down a little bit so that’s a happy day

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well we should say that too so how it

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works in California and I think most

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states yeah the child when the child

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graduates from high school and/or is 19

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or is 19 okay they have to be 18 and

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graduated from high school or 19 years

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18 okay and then if that’s the case then

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you don’t pay child support anymore on

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that child right right now there could

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be other things that you’ve agreed to

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pay like college or things like that but

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else that’s outside of the norm right so

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normally it’s child support and until

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that time so you know parents are

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usually very excited when their kids

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graduate from high school I’m super

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excited there’s an added excitement yes

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child support I get a decrease in my tax

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which sounds horrible but you know what

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little things I look for it’s reality

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it’s just it’s our reality but that

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resentment that you feel it’s real and

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it’s something that you’ve got to deal

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with and get over because you can sit

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there and stew about it every time that

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you you know pay and you came up with a

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great idea on this that we could talk

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about a little bit about and that is

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don’t write a personal check every week

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yeah we were doing that when we’ve heard

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you and I first got married we were

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doing that for your ex we were just

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writing a check right and see I don’t

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know why that seemed to be just a little

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more painful or you know I don’t know so

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we write the check after either mail it

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or we had to drop it by it just seemed a

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little more personal yeah I was person

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and you’re and you’re you’re trying to

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you need to turn it into a business trip

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yes you’re trying to depersonalized

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these things in the beginning you have

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to de personalize absolutely and never

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ever ever give a check to one of your

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kids no they are not them there

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your carrier and they should not know

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how much the alimony is that’s none of

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their business

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right there child support right they

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should know how much that is

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that’s adult conversation it’s not for

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the kids right because what you’ve now

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done is the kids now feel that there’s a

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price attached to them attached to them

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yes yeah right so yeah so like you you

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pay through the website through the

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state I do yeah which is nice because it

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to me it’s just another bill that I have

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to pay every month right so I don’t see

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it as as personal it’s just business

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yeah you just when you sit down to do

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bills that’s one of the bills you do you

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quickly go in there and it’s done and

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for me the child support that I get from

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my ex it’s actually deducted from his

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wages so he never has to sit down and

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write a check it just goes into my bank

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account I was in yeah yeah so I think

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that that help might help a little bit

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to just you know step was help you step

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back a little bit from it yeah that’s an

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important part now we an added benefit

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by paying through the stay because we

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pay with a credit card that has miles so

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that’s always nice right we get point we

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do and so if you’re looking for some

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kind of bright you know light at the end

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of this dark tunnel hey we’re getting

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points are getting points me will get a

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free free night stay somewhere that’s

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right that’s right so let’s see what

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else we got um oh here’s the other thing

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be mindful if you are receiving child

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support or alimony be mindful not to

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kind of rub it in when you and your new

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spouse or maybe you and a significant

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other your family are off on vacationing

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and spending money because the person

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that’s paying for that they’re seeing

16:31
this and that may cause some resentment

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so we said well how can we do that I

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mean that’s so once if we came up with

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was don’t be a friend with your ex on

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Facebook I think that that actually just

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can lead to a lot of so many problems

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problems

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so yes it’s priming if you’re in a good

16:50
situation with your ex which some people

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are and you think it’s great to see

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pictures of them on their vacation or

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with the kids bulb ah great

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but if your for if your friends because

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you think this is the right thing to do

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and every time you’ve seen

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you just it hurts then just just to

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friend or I think there’s unfriend them

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unfriend there’s ways to do that without

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yeah them anyway just maybe don’t follow

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each other on social media I think that

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that’s a good way to lessen some

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resentment yeah

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now there’s also resentment that you

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have felt in the past as well yeah with

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me paying alimony and child support yes

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yes I’m ninety nine percent over I now

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for sure but no there certainly have

17:31
been times where you know maybe we’ve

17:34
wanted to go somewhere or buy something

17:36
or and you know I think gosh you make a

17:39
pretty good living we should be able to

17:42
do this and say well we don’t have the

17:45
money for it though right we’re gonna

17:46
have to save up for it yeah yeah and I’m

17:48
like wow because it’s going over there

17:51
you know so there have definitely have

17:53
been times where I’m just like oh my

17:54
goodness but then I have to remember how

17:56
my ex feels paying me right I I don’t

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think that he’s excited about sending me

18:02
money every month no so these are really

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really tough emotions to deal with and a

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lot of times we don’t talk about this

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right as divorced people well no I can’t

18:11
feel that way you know who knows you

18:14
know but no these are real emotions that

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you feel they are resentment is a really

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something that can really build up with

18:21
in regards to support and alimony and

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it’s best to just I like what you said

18:26
it’s another bill it’s a tax try and

18:29
separate yourself from it but it’s still

18:30
gonna creep in and when it does go ahead

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and let it out how to recognize it

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recognize it and just let it out and not

18:38
with your kids or anything or with your

18:40
ex not with your ex no boo don’t don’t

18:43
go there with your ex well and there’s

18:44
also a tendency sometimes to take that

18:46
resentment and tack it on to something

18:49
else that might be going on with the

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kids right whether it’s arranging the

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summer schedule or the Christmas

18:54
schedule alright trying to coordinate a

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special dinner for a birthday you gotta

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separate it right and that can be really

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hard

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[Music]

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okay now that we know divorce costs a

19:12
lot and that we all have resentment

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towards money about it’s just more good

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things when it comes to divorce yeah um

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here are some things that we’ve read a

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couple articles about this the links are

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on our website you can go and take a

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look some of them I didn’t completely

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agree with some of them had some good

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information in there but um one of the

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the key things that we found was do your

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best to limit how much time you’re using

19:37
your lawyers yeah so do your best to

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have an agreement if you can with your

19:44
ex as quickly as you can

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the longer drags out the more emotional

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it gets right so and because your

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lawyers will gladly take as much money

19:53
as you’re willing to give them

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absolutely yeah lawyers definitely want

19:57
you fighting with each other well not

20:00
all of them but they’re not sad no cuz

20:03
that’s their business how they make

20:04
their living that’s exactly right

20:05
this is how they make their living so

20:07
another important thing to realize

20:09
another big tip is when you’re divorced

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you got to change your budget it’s a

20:15
different world people yes I remember

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when you and I first got married I

20:19
remember you saying like oh we really

20:22
shouldn’t be buying paper towels and I

20:24
was like holy smokes well cuz we

20:27
couldn’t afford it I know I was like we

20:29
can’t you know and here I thought I

20:30
married a guy making a pretty good wage

20:32
and yet we we were we were more than

20:36
tight it was it was pretty it was pretty

20:39
grim in the beginning but yeah we we had

20:42
to sit down and work out a budget yes

20:44
and I had to you know compare all the

20:47
prices at winkel and Costco and and you

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know what you got to do what you got to

20:51
do yep and and the reason why is because

20:53
all the money that you had in an pool

20:55
before if both spouses are working or

20:57
just one now has to support two houses

21:00
right by two electric bills two

21:03
mortgages the whole thing so it’s

21:04
different so don’t think that getting a

21:07
divorce you’re living the high life now

21:09
that is not the case nope not unless

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you’re Jeff Bezos

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no comments we don’t want to get in that

21:18
situation the next one oh we talked

21:21
about this avoid writing a personal

21:23
check especially avoid involving the

21:26
kids at all and in it turn it into a

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business transaction I’m paying for

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these services the services of my kids I

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don’t know the best way to put that that

21:35
sounds horrible but it’s the services of

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taking care of the kids right right so a

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business take emotion out of it have it

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be business keep track of records if you

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are writing checks or getting checks

21:48
keep proof of those you may need it one

21:50
day luckily if you do pay on the website

21:53
like that you do it keeps track of it it

21:55
keeps track of it I don’t have to worry

21:57
about which is nice and then I don’t

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have to keep track of either because it

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goes right into the bank account so I

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can see and they do send us a statement

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every month the Department of California

22:05
sends us statements every month but you

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know it’s it’s good to keep track of a

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paper trail of what’s going on one that

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ties into the next one don’t expect if

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you’re paying child support don’t expect

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your ex spouse to have a detailed list

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of receipts of what they spent that

22:22
money on that is none of your business

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it is not and the judge doesn’t care

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either exactly the judge will laugh at

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you yeah so if you get you know your

22:32
resentment is building because you’re

22:34
going you’re not spending this money on

22:36
the kids you bought a new car and you

22:37
see you’ve got extensions and yes you

22:39
know whatever it is it doesn’t matter it

22:43
doesn’t matter even though you sit there

22:46
and going it doesn’t matter it’s not

22:48
your call it’s not so don’t even ask for

22:52
the receipts you send that money as long

22:54
as your kids are being fed and clothed

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and housed that’s what it’s there for

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yep exactly what else oh some states

23:05
have payment options through a state

23:06
website this is really kind of nice

23:08
because now you’re disconnecting

23:09
yourself from your ex-spouse there’s no

23:13
direct transaction to them it goes to

23:16
the state and then the state disperses

23:17
the funds that’s how we do it it’s

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really easy for us I pay the state and

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it’s done it’s it’s easy that way yep

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it is easy and if you don’t do that you

23:28
can only if you don’t want to write a

23:29
check you could always do bill pay from

23:31
your bank that’s a little less emotional

23:34
than writing that check I don’t know why

23:35
Bank yes it comes from the bank

23:37
but it just lessens the emotions well

23:39
it’s only a couple clicks on a website

23:41
instead of writing their new last name

23:44
yeah exactly it’s it sounds silly but

23:48
these tips kind of help break down all

23:51
that emotional they do and then like we

23:53
already said consider it just it’s

23:56
another bill however you need to think

23:59
of it to get you past those emotions

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because those emotions are just weighing

24:03
you down in your new life really Dave we

24:06
are but also realize that those emotions

24:08
will come back every once in a while oh

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yeah

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um hopefully not as often as when you

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first get divorced but all right our

24:21
lemonade moment of the week has to do

24:24
with a beautiful beautiful day in San

24:27
Francisco so this week was a great week

24:30
we haven’t talked much about this week

24:32
you know it was my big birthday and so

24:37
the kid my kids were here grandkids were

24:40
here this week we had a big roller

24:41
skating parties tons and tons of fun

24:43
yeah we invited our closest friends a

24:45
hundred and fifty of them yes it was so

24:48
fun it was a blast

24:49
it was fun we’ve had a great week we

24:51
swam a lot we did fun things and then

24:53
Saturday we were gonna go to San

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Francisco for the day and we hopped in

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the car yeah we thought I said was is

25:02
gonna take us two hours all over two

25:03
hours they took us three hours and 15

25:06
minutes yeah it just kept as we’re

25:07
driving it’s adding on civic the time

25:09
getting less and less the time kept

25:10
adding and adding and as having PST PTSD

25:15
sorry post-traumatic stress distress

25:18
disorder from the ten years I can meet

25:20
it in the Bay Area it all came back in a

25:23
wash as I was sitting there in traffic

25:25
with nowhere to go

25:27
you were pretty grumpy I was grumpy you

25:29
were but when we got that I kept trying

25:32
to poke you or tease you but it wasn’t

25:33
really working no

25:35
just irritating and then she turned the

25:39
music up as loud as possible I wanted

25:41
the one did you want the whole car to be

25:44
grumpy with you oh I did not I was being

25:47
quiet I was trying to when I get grumpy

25:49
I just get quiet I was trying to make

25:51
lemonade you were making lemonade for

25:53
everyone else I yeah like so I got the

25:56
lemon rinds after that yeah I was trying

25:59
to make lemonade for the rest of the car

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so we were singing and having a good

26:03
time and once we got there we had a

26:04
great time with cadence Exploratorium

26:07
pier 39 clam chowder yum yum yum had a

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great day and the way back we had no

26:13
traffic it was beautiful so eliminating

26:15
moment with the meat of the week was

26:17
making fun out of a dire situation yeah

26:22
you can have it you didn’t have any fun

26:24
in it but we did I did afterwards I did

26:27
once we got to San Francisco no weather

26:28
there oh the weather was beautiful

26:30
spectacular so if you’re stuck in a

26:33
traffic jam don’t be like Darren don’t

26:40
be grumpy there’s nothing under

26:42
significant there’s nothing we can do

26:43
about it so I could turn around and go

26:45
home I was feeling that way I know you

26:47
were but we had committed to going so we

26:50
went and we had fun we did it was it was

26:53
a fun day if you liked today’s episode

27:00
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27:03
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27:09
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27:11
questions and comments yeah but most of

27:14
all go out and make some lemonade you

27:16
bet you baby

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[Music]

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in our next episode we’re going to talk

27:25
about friends splitting them after the

27:28
divorce and making friends in the same

27:30
social circles it is a social field full

27:33
of landmines for your enjoyment here’s a

27:39
blooper from this week and deal with

27:43
those emotions make sure that you

27:44
understand what they are sir price

27:47
cooker our rice is done yeah I’m gonna

27:56
cut that out don’t cut it out we’re real

27:58
here people we got rice anyway I think

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we’re we’re wrapping it up right yeah

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you

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