2017 Is Coming: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Recently Divorced

  1. Pledge to be financially responsible. After a divorce, you are likely going through a major change in your family finances, so grab that bull by the horns and commit now to good money management. Start a 2017 budget and stick to it.
  2. Hit the gym more often. Divorce can lead to grief and depression, and while it might be hard to motivate yourself to exercise, the endorphins released by physical activity are proven to help your emotional state. It doesn’t just have to be the gym, though. You can work exercise into a lot of your daily routines. Bike to work, take the dog for a jog instead of a walk, join a dance class or go hiking with your children or friends.
  3. Start a new hobby. Maybe you were so busy coordinating your life with your ex that you never had time to sit down and pen that fantasy novel that’s been floating around in your head for years. Or maybe there’s a great little art studio around the corner from your new home that offers painting classes on the cheap. Not only do these hobbies keep your brain occupied, but they can teach you new skills that you might find useful in the future, and participating in them can help expand your social circle.
  4. Spend more time with the kids. Divorce is often particularly hard for children ”“ remedy this by showing them how much you love them. Create new traditions like weekly bike rides or monthly movie nights to engage the children and keep an active role in their lives.
  5. If you get off track, don’t give up. All too often, New Year’s resolutions are abandoned once they’ve been broken once. But people forget ”“ two steps forward and one step back is still forward progress. Keep going ”“ you’ll be surprised how you feel at the end of the year.

Our Denver family law firm wishes you the best for your holiday season and the new year to come!

A Year In Celebrity Divorce: 2016 Recap

What a ride 2016 has been in the world of celebrity divorce. Here’s a recap of the Year that Celebrity Love Died.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The actress and Coldplay frontman were married in 2002 and lasted 11 years before Gwyneth announced her “conscious uncoupling” from her husband. The two remained good friends and continued to spend time together. The divorce was announced in 2014, but was only finalized this year.
  • Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. This divorce was tumultuous, even as far as celebrity divorces go. After the two filed, Odom was found unconscious in Nevada and hospitalized for emergency treatment. Kardashian and Odom called off their divorce in the wake of Odom’s health scare, but announced in May that they were, indeed, going to divorce.
  • Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva. The couple married in 2014 and filed for divorce in 2016. The two have been engaged in a vicious battle over a guitar that belonged to Cobain’s father, Kurt, for several months.
  • Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman. The couple married in 2012 and released a joint statement declaring their divorce intentions in 2016. The divorce appears amicable, and both parents are still actively involved with their two children.
  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The two married in 2015 and made it just over a year before domestic abuse allegations led to their divorce. In a particularly spiteful move over Heard’s divorce settlement, which she intended to donate to charity, Depp decided to skip the middleman and donate the settlement for her. For that, many accused him of using this shady tactic to obtain tax benefits for himself.
  • Perhaps the biggest celebrity divorce bombshell of the year, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It is said that Angelina decided to split from Brad due to disagreements over the way he parented their six children. The custody battle is still ongoing.

It has been a rough year for celebrity love. As 2016 comes to a close, we look forward to a new day, one we hope is a little less tumultuous for Hollywood lovers.

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