the jobless partner would be left terrified and penniless by a divorce. When the working partner signs a prenup or postnup, it’s an act of love and protection. 2. You need to truly love someone to have an uncomfortable conversation with them about something that matters. By bringing up the idea of a prenup or postnup, you’re showing your partner you feel safe and open to talking about your fears. 3. Signing a prenup or postnup proves you love your partner no matter what. It shows you want them to be taken care of even if you divorce and want your love and care to be legally recognized. I hope you will consider a prenup or postnup, either now or in the future. It’s best to approach this conversation when you and your partner are happy and can have the discussion in a thoughtful, loving manner. When you’re ready to get started — ideally at least six months before your wedding in the case of a prenup — call my team at ADLG. We’ll walk you through the whole process, including finding a second attorney to represent your partner. To learn more about prenups and postnups, follow the QR code below and watch my video: “Prenups, Do They Help or Hurt? With Shawna Woods.” –Sara Khaki The Most Loving Thing a Couple Can Do Hint: It’s Not Buying Chocolates or Roses
If you’re in a relationship or plan to be in one in the future, you should know the most loving thing you can do for your partner on Valentine’s Day isn’t buying chocolates or planning a dinner date. It’s sitting your partner down to talk about a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. I know, I know — that sounds crazy! But it’s true. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements don’t deserve their bad reputations, and I’ll explain why. But first, let’s go over what they are. WHAT ARE PRENUPS AND POSTNUPS? A prenuptial agreement is a contract between you and your future spouse detailing exactly what will happen financially if your marriage doesn’t work out. The document explains which property is “separate property” and which is “marital property,” how you’ll divide your assets and debts, and whether one of you will pay spousal support. A postnuptial agreement is the same thing, except it’s signed after the marriage. WHY DO PRENUPS AND POSTNUPS GET A BAD RAP? There is a lot of confusion and stigma related to both prenups and postnups. In Hollywood, they’re painted as documents protecting the wealthy from gold diggers who might “hang them out to dry” in divorce court. In real life, many people feel if their partner asks them to sign one, it means their marriage is doomed to fail and/or they don’t have faith in the relationship — but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
WHY ARE PRENUPS AND POSTNUPS ‘LOVING’?
1. Prenups and postnups are not one-sided — they protect both parties. In fact, the less wealthy partner often benefits more ! Imagine a couple where one partner works while the other stays home. Without a prenup or postnup,
“Signing a prenup or postnup proves you love your partner no matter what.”
The Cure to Your Valentine’s Blues 2 EVENTS TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS
we highly recommend joining our Happily Ever After Divorce Support Group. You can also extend the invitation to a friend or family member in the same situation. This virtual support group was designed for people going through the divorce process. The host, Kathleen Shack, can help you work through your feelings, let go of your unresolved questions, and move forward into the “Happily Ever After” state ADLG hopes each of its clients attain. This process isn’t easy, especially in February, but you can do it with help from Kathleen and your peers. Visit the registration link on this page to sign up! DIVORCING A NARCISSIST (COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR) When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Register: AtlantaDivorceLawGroup.com/ our‑seminars
Have you watched the TV series “You” on Netflix, starring Penn Badgley as the book-loving stalker Joe Goldberg? If so, you’ve had a front-row seat to narcissistic behavior. As Medium reports, Joe “continually puts his victims through the cycle of idealization, devaluing, and discarding” that is far from healthy — and may look familiar. Narcissists are everywhere, and most of them don’t go to Goldberg’s extremes. If you know someone whose spouse pushes their boundaries, manipulates their emotions, behaves unpredictably, and needs to “win” at all costs, they’re probably married to a narcissist. To help them explore their options, share the link for our “Divorcing a Narcissist” webinar. Here at ADLG, we’re not letting COVID-19 slow us down. Sign up for these virtual events to get the necessary information and support without leaving home.
Our complimentary divorce support groups and seminars are available online! Register for these upcoming events to gain knowledge, resources, and emotional support to help you feel empowered while you go through major life changes. HAPPILY EVER AFTER DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING (VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP) When: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. Register: AtlantaDivorceLawGroup.com/happily- ever-after-divorce-support-group It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is one of the hardest days of the year for divorcing or newly divorced couples. You probably have many happy memories of celebrating the holiday with your ex-spouse — or many unhappy memories of celebrations gone wrong. Either way, Valentine’s Day can be tough to get through alone. If you could use a little extra care and support this month,
TRY OUT THESE ACTIVITIES Spending Valentine’s Day With the Family?
Valentine’s Day demands most of the attention in February. This holiday is designated for couples to share their love and do things they greatly enjoy together. While this usually consists of dinner dates, a movie, and possibly even some dancing, some parents have a difficult time getting away. Maybe they can’t find a babysitter, or one of the kids is ill, causing them to cancel plans. You might think there’s no point in celebrating the holiday if you can’t do so with just your significant other, but you can turn Valentine’s Day into a family-friendly event. Here are a few activities to try if you’re spending Valentine’s with the kids this February. WRITE LOVE NOTES TO EACH OTHER. Valentine’s Day is all about love, so what better way to celebrate it than by sharing your love with those closest to you? Take a moment and have every member of your family write love notes to each other. Encourage your kids to share their happy memories and explain why they love each person. This can be a fun and educational activity for your kids as you can help them with their spelling and grammar. HAVE A FANCY DINNER. You don’t need to go out to have an extravagant Valentine’s dinner. You can make one at home by incorporating the same ingredients as the dishes you would get at a restaurant. Or you can order from your favorite restaurant and pick it up. Use a fancy tablecloth, light some candles, and have fun with it. Don’t forget to include a special dessert; you can even make mocktails to amp up the fun. FINISH THE NIGHT WITH A MOVIE. Valentine’s Day is often one of the busiest nights of the year for movie theaters, but you don’t have to go out to enjoy a movie during the holiday. Head to your favorite streaming service and find some family-friendly romantic comedies to watch together. “The Princess Diaries,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and “Gnomeo and Juliet” are all great options.
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KNOW YOUR CRUISE ETIQUETTE BEFORE SETTING SAIL All Aboard!
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After a slump in 2020 and 2021, cruises are back in a big way. If you’re planning your first onboard adventure — or
“Every person is different. Every family is special. Every business is unique.” That is the philosophy of Neglia Insurance Group (NIG), and it makes them a fantastic resource for anyone going through a divorce or making another big life change.
it’s been a while since you last set sail — now is the time to brush up on your cruise ship etiquette. Every passenger should read their cruise line’s policies to ensure they know all the specifics before climbing aboard. In the meantime, we’ve listed some of the most essential do’s and don’ts for the savvy traveler. KNOW WHAT TO WEAR. Some cruise lines aim for a fancy atmosphere, while others prefer a casual approach. Ideally,
Bill Neglia, founder of NIG, knows that insurance is incredibly confusing — especially if
“I found my legal team to be knowledgeable, courteous, respectful, and absolute advocates for me and my case. I give ADLG my highest possible recommendation. The team was a pleasure to work with.” –Damien L. “ADLG was very helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend them.” –Scott R. “Everyone I worked with was kind and understanding. They were very communicative. Their office is like a spa, which makes it pleasant when things aren’t going well in your personal life.” –Edina G. WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING! you’re self-employed or your ex-spouse handled your policy — and that no one else is in your exact situation. You don’t need a one-size-fits-all insurance solution. You need customized advice, and he can provide just that. As Bill puts it, he specializes in “advising and assisting clients in identifying the most suitable and cost-effective health, life, disability, long-term care, and Medicare supplement plans available.” NIG helps individuals and families get smart coverage, and Bill can also tackle insurance needs for business owners and their employees in Georgia and nearby states, including Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Ohio. Whether you need group insurance for your team, are confused about Medicare, or plan on retiring early, Bill can help you sort through the insurance confusion. Call him at 404-433-8838 or email Bill@negliainsurance.com.
review the dress policy before you book your trip. Bring at least one formal outfit in your luggage for dinner, which tends to have an upscale
vibe. The rest of your cruise wear should be casual but tasteful, leaving you looking put together. Most importantly, don’t overpack — the stateroom is smaller than you think. DON’T BE A CHAIR HOG. Everyone wants a prime spot on the sundeck, but you’ve got to rise early in the morning to get one. That’s fine if you can manage it, but “saving” a seat by putting a towel on it and then wandering away for breakfast or a mani-pedi is the best way to get on your fellow travelers’ bad side. Your cruise may also have a policy against it. Going to the bathroom is one thing; you’re only human. Otherwise, if you want the seat, stay in it. BE ON TIME. Treat your cruise ship like an airplane — if you’re not on time, it’s probably leaving without you. And if you are lucky enough to have the ocean liner wait, your fellow passengers won’t look at you kindly. Set your watch to ship time (not local time) and prepare to be back an hour before the deadline. That way, if you happen to be late, you’ll still be on time. You may miss out on an extra drink or souvenir shop, but nothing will ruin your cruise faster than being left behind at the dock.
5 FEEL-GOOD MOVIES TO CHASE AWAY THE BLUES
Are you stuck in a TV rut and starting to feel down in the dumps? (Thanks, seasonal depression.) If so, check out one of these heartwarming movies for a pick-me-up. 1. ‘Rescued by Ruby’ — If your family loves dogs, this kid-friendly flick will be a real crowd-pleaser. It stars a pup named Ruby, who starts life as a shelter dog. After a state trooper rescues her, she becomes a search-and-rescue worker who finds and saves people. A true story inspired the uplifting tale, and according to some reviews, you may want to have tissues ready. 2. ‘Yes Day’ — Imagine spending an entire day saying “yes” to everything your kids requested. Congratulations: You’ve stepped into the plot of “Yes Day”! In this film, parents Alison and Carlos go along with their kids’ wildest desires and watch family bonding magic unfold. The Raising Children Network recommends this movie for adults and older kids only. 3. ‘Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness’ — The plot of this animated movie is as creative as its title! It follows a cartoon hero named
Chickenhare, who is 50% rabbit, 50% bird, and 100% confused about his place in the world. He’s also on a quest with friends to defeat his evil uncle before it’s too late. Think of the film as a funny, adventurous, family-friendly take on the classic tale “The Ugly Duckling.” 4. ‘Dumplin’ ’ — Mashable called “Dumplin’” “the definition of sweet.” The movie stars Rosie (played by Jennifer Aniston) as a pageant- obsessed former beauty queen whose daughter, Willowdean, doesn’t fit conventional beauty standards. When Willowdean enters her mom’s pageant in a protest complete with dancing and Dolly Parton tunes, she sparks a small-town revolution. This movie is recommended for children ages 13 and up. 5. ‘We Can Be Heroes’ — Since its release in 2020, this superhero movie has quickly become a family favorite. The story opens with an aliens-versus- superheroes showdown, and when the aliens win and take the heroes hostage, their kids come to the rescue. As the title implies, the film will leave you feeling like you can be a hero, too.
Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks! A DIVORCE LESSON FROM A STRONG WOMAN
You probably remember learning about Rosa Parks in history class. She was a Black woman famous for one particular moment: On Dec. 1, 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus for a white passenger. This bold move cost her a $10 fine, but more importantly, it kicked off the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott
and sparked a court case that challenged the legality of segregation in Alabama. The results were life-changing! According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision declaring Montgomery’s segregated bus seating unconstitutional, and a court order to integrate the buses was served on Dec. 20, 1956; the boycott ended the following day. For her role in igniting the successful campaign, Parks became known as the ‘mother of the civil rights movement.’” Most of us know Rosa Parks for that moment, but she was a strong person before and after it as well. She was born on Feb. 4, 1913, and grew up in the shadow of the Ku Klux Klan. Her family sealed their windows with boards and slept fully clothed in case they needed to run from white supremacists. In 1943, Rosa joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
and began working as a civil rights activist. After her bus moment, she co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development to teach young people civil rights history and help them live up to their potential. Rosa Parks is famous for standing up for herself and her beliefs. We should all aspire to her conviction! If you’re in the process of divorcing — or are recently divorced — because of a difference of opinion with your ex-spouse, we’re proud of you for holding firm. Many people continue in unhappy marriages because they’re afraid to stand up for their beliefs about how money should be spent, whether or not to have children, how their kids should be raised, and a dozen other issues. When a compromise isn’t possible without undermining your values, it’s best to stand firm — just like Rosa Parks! We hope you continue following her example.
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