Divorce Financial Pitfalls

Without exception, divorcing clients want to move on with their lives as quickly as possible after they complete the financial negotiations of their divorce. Moving on includes taking control of their own finances. There is a long list of things to do in order to take control of post-divorce finances before the divorce is truly final. To avoid some common financial pitfalls of divorce, I suggest you have your clients address the following:  Insurance – Make sure that your clients won’t have a gap in health insurance coverage. If they were covered by their former spouse’s company plan, make sure...Read More
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Is This a Case for Mediation

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Is This a Case for Mediation?

Authored by Deborah Beylus and Elinor Robin Our divorce industry cohorts all seem to be captivated by Johnny Depp’s televised defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.  And they are not alone.  The Fairfax, Virginia Courthouse where the trial is taking place is drawing lots of public attention.  Spectator wannabees queue-up early each morning in the hopes of getting a wristband to watch from inside the courtroom.  There is a sea of news cameras and a band of photographers who stand on ladders, near the rear exit, capturing Depp and Heard as they come and go.  The bruhaha is a true...Read More
Inflating the Cost of Divorce

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Inflating the Cost of Divorce

Divorce is the largest financial transaction a couple will make in their lifetime.  Most divorcing couples feel as if they've taken a financial beating during the divorce and long after it is over. Even if the breakup is amicable, dividing assets takes a financial toll.  Every marriage and financial situation are different.  But how much a divorce ultimately costs can depend on the couple’s actions and choices. The average cost of a divorce in Florida is roughly fifteen thousand ($15,000.00) dollars per couple.  Costs can include attorney fees, mediation fees and filing fees.  These costs are average costs, with some...Read More
Horse Trading Using Valuation Techniques in Divorce Mediation

Horse Trading Using Valuation Techniques in Divorce Mediation

When it comes to divorce and the division of assets, not all assets are equal.  A dollar in a retirement account does not equal a dollar in an investment account which does not equal a cash dollar. Similarly, money owed to a family member does not equal an IRS tax lien which does not equal a student loan. The equitable distribution process in divorce mediation using various valuation methods and techniques used to properly identify and distribute marital assets and debts in a divorce. There is a process to divide assets and in divorce mediation, which includes the following phases: List the assets:  These...Read More

TFAPM Announces 2021 Award Winners

The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (TFAPM) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Mel Rubin Memorial Award of Merit and the Susan Dubow Service Award for 2021. Deborah Beylus is the winner of the Mel Rubin Memorial Award of Merit. Ms. Beylus has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court for over ten years. She is certified in Family, Circuit Civil, County, and Dependency. A former senior equity analyst for one of the largest financial firms, she is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. In addition to her mediation practice (South Florida Mediation Services), she has served as...Read More