7 Ways to Ready Your Finances for Divorce

May 30, 2017

Elizabeth Renter

For some couples, no amount of marriage counseling is enough to avoid a divorce. It’s a tough process emotionally and financially.  Untangling two people’s money is messy. Long before spousal or child support is awarded or your post-divorce budget is in place, you’ll need to prepare your finances for the work ahead.  Because each divorce is unique, specific advice can only come from experts familiar with your case. However, the following tips should point you in the right direction.

1. Be wary of well-meaning advice.

Divorce laws vary by state, so be cautious of advice that seems to be a one-size-fits-all solution — whether you read it online or received it from a friend. If you’re unsure whether you should move money, change accounts or make any other financial moves pre-divorce, consult with an attorney licensed in your state.

2. Track expenses — and anticipate future ones.

As soon as you know divorce is inevitable, begin tracking your household income ... 

Collaborative Law Process Act to become official in July, 2017...
May, 2017

Over the last 8 years Robert Merlin has traveled to and from Miami to Tallahassee and worked countless hours to get the Collaborative Law Process Act and Rules passed into law in Florida. Today, it is with immense pride that Robert was able to announce that the Florida Supreme Court adopted the rules for the Collaborative Law Process Act. The Collaborative Law Process gives Floridians a chance to privately settle family disagreements and divorce in a peaceful manner out of a courtroom setting. The Collaborative Law Process Act and Rules will officially go into effect on July 1, 2017. Thank you to Robert Merlin and everyone involved for their support over the last several years as this has been an extensive undertaking, and we are extremely thrilled with the outcome!

House Passes Mental Health First Aid Act

September 29, 2016

Stephanie Pellitt
Policy and Advocacy Associate
National Council for Behavioral Health


On Monday, the House chamber unanimously approved the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s version of H.R. 1877, the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2015.  This legislation authorizes grants for mental health and substance use awareness training to law enforcement, first responders, teachers, and other individuals that work with youth. The National Council issued the following statement on this important action:

The National Council for Behavioral Health appreciates Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui’s (D-CA) leadership on the Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 1877) and thanks Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for bringing it to the floor.

Police have become the de facto first responders to mental health crises. The eight-hour Mental Health First Aid training provides officers with tools to help de-escalate incidents and avoid tragic outcomes. Officers learn how to assess a situation, intervene properly and help someone find appropriate care. The House is voting on the bipartisan legislation today, which will award grants to train individuals, including police officers, to accomplish safe de-escalation of crisis situations, recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and encourage timely referral to mental health services.

Mental Health First Aid has already made a difference in police departments around the country....

What If Mental Health First Aid Were as Widespread as CPR?
New York City’s Planning to Do It

One in every four Americans experiences mental illness, and lack of police understanding can lead to tragedy. Here’s what could happen if we were all trained to deal with depression and anxiety.