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What Do I Need to Bring to a Divorce Attorney Consultation?

Divorce is a rocky road, but it’s better to take the bumpy off-ramp to safety than keeping pedal to the metal on a burning highway of a marriage. If you’ve decided to lawyer up for your divorce, you need to be prepared to maximize your time with the attorney by getting your documents in order, asking the right questions, and getting sound legal advice about what you can expect from your case.

Goals for your divorce

Have somewhat of a game plan going into the consultation process. If it helps to write it down so you can get your thoughts in order. Think it over and draft out some ideas in your mind of what you think the best outcome would be. What do you want at the end of this?

Some goals to think about may be maintaining certain assets. Write down what financial outcome you have in mind. Think about shared items and what you want. Who gets the car? What about the dog? 

If you have kids, they are probably at the forefront of your mind right now. Think about how you envision a custody arrangement working out, and then decide what would be best for the children and also as good as possible for you. 

Your lawyer is your confidant, and they will stick with you through the divorce (provided you continue to pay them!). But even though your attorney will advise you, head into the consultation with the mindset and attitude you want to be seen with if your divorce goes to court. With a good mindset and clear head, approach this meeting as a moment to clearly state what you want and how they can help you make it work. 

Questions you should ask

Naturally, you might have many questions before meeting with your attorney. You should write them down ahead of time so you don’t forget to get the answers you need. Don’t be embarrassed about looking at notes while you meet with an attorney. The clearer you are and the more information you provide, the better equipped your attorney will be to help you through this divorce. 

Some of the things you will want to find out from an attorney during your consultation are what you can expect the process to look like and what your attorney is like in the courtroom. Are they an aggressive defender or a calm and steady advocate in the courtroom? 

It’s also important to know what your attorney’s communication style is like. How frequently will they communicate with you throughout the legal process? How often can you contact them and how will they bill you? Find out the costs involved.

In addition to asking questions, you want to bring your honesty to the meeting. Be frank and forthcoming with your attorney about your strengths and weaknesses and ask them how they view your case, your situation, and your likely outcomes. 

Documents, records (evidence!)

When it comes to bringing relevant and important documentation to show your divorce attorney, the more the better. There are a lot of documents that are important to show your attorney and that can be used as evidence on your behalf down the line

Financial records are important, particularly in joint accounts. Remember, you are still responsible for your divorce. This means that while your attorney will help you search for discrepancies in your joint accounts, things that would indicate suspicious withdrawals or payments or transfers, you should also scour these records yourself. 

Any documented agreements with your spouse need to be at the top of this pile too. If you have a prenuptial agreement (prenup), bring it with you as that is a paramount legal document during a divorce. 

Evidence of problems is also important. If your divorce is taking place under particularly messy circumstances, you need to be ready, and your lawyer does too. Threatening messages, abusive voicemails, crazy screenshots, photographs showing illegal or dangerous actions by your spouse, evidence of destructive or violent behavior, all of that needs to be seen by your lawyer so they can provide you with vital counsel. 

Here are all the basics you want to have covered for your consultation:

  • Goals and questions written down
  • Prenuptial arrangements or other written agreements
  • Joint tax returns or income information
  • Bank account records
  • Physical or photographic evidence of wrongdoing, cheating, harm, or abuse
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Online Communication and Serious Relationship 

Attitude to dating via the Internet is very ambiguous. Some people believe that this is a waste of time, while others celebrate their wedding with soul mates, which they found via the Internet. Only one thing can be said with confidence,  the popularity of dating websites is growing day by day. The explanation for this is simple – this is the way people can communicate with other people from any country, any age, and social status, which means they can increase their own chances by many times to find a person with similar interests and tastes. 

Does Online Dating have a Chance for a Relationship Future? 

Surely many have heard stories from friends about how they found their partners or spouses via the Internet. Many men try to find single women online as really successful men frequently don’t have too much time for searching women in real life. However, not always people use specialized websites. There are many people who have met using social networks or started correspondence in messengers. The Internet has firmly rooted in our lives. People work and relax using the web o why not use it to find a life partner? The effectiveness of online dating is confirmed by a series of experiments. The British psychologist Gavin J. made research. Volunteers, who helped the scientist evaluate the effectiveness of online dating were the young people aged between 19 to 26 who were ready for serious relationships. Their task was to register on a dating website in order to find a partner. At the end of the experiment, 72 percent of the participants continued close communication in real life, and some of them later even got married.

Statistics show that more than one-third of the World Wide Web users at least once used the services of dating websites. Every day, more than one and a half million people spend on such portals for about 4 hours or even more. At the same time, the number of men and women registered on these websites is approximately equal.

Why People Prefer Oline Communication

Why every year more and more people take this opportunity, preferring it to live communication? 

Accessibility – no need to spend time attending any events, just have a gadget and Internet access. 

Timezone Flexibility – no matter how much time is on the watch, customers can get acquainted both day and night. It’s easy to find someone from another time zone. The Internet significantly expands the boundaries of dating. 

Answering Later – messages should not be answered immediately. There will always be some time to consider the best answer and find an approach to the interlocutor. Communication with Several People at once – getting started online is much easier than in real life – a great solution for shy people. Unsuitable people can be filtered out by age, profession, and interests. 

Some Online Dating Disadvantages 

But it is worth considering the disadvantages of dating via the Internet:

  • The user profile not always says true information about its owner. For example, a 45-year-old thrice-divorced lady can hide behind a photo of a young girl;
  • The real communication is indispensable. Even after a long correspondence, the relationship can be broken if a pair will not meet in real life. However, this minus is very conditional: even the shyest people, as a rule, decide to meet;
  • There is some risk to be deceived by criminals – not all users are really looking for a partner, some are in search of victims. This is perhaps the most significant minus of network communication;
  • Never transfer money to new Internet acquaintances, and before the first date, tell someone from your relatives where you are going to go and with whom, do not make appointments in uninhabited places, charge your phone and do not have high hopes of meeting you in order to avoid disappointment. 

A certain amount of humour, elementary caution, and a bit of patience and you will definitely find a partner of your life with the help of dating websites. Stop being single and register already now. 

360 MAGAZINE , Vaughn Lowery

Capturing the Best Memories: 9 Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms

With all the planning that goes into your wedding, the actual day often goes by in a flash. The best way to remember it all? Photographs. Getting the perfect photos can feel like a hugely important thing, as they capture all the wonderful elements and details of the big day, and the emotion on everyone’s faces. They are a keepsake you will treasure and something for everyone to look back on. So how do you make sure your photography is done perfectly? Here are a few tips to get the best shots of your big day:

Find the Right Photographer

Possibly the most obvious in this list, finding the right photographer will guarantee you get the lovely photos you want. Any photographer should be skilled and understand what it takes to get good shots, but like all creative jobs, different people create different things. You should look thoroughly at their portfolio to see what kind of style they have and think about the kind of photos you are looking for. You should also look through other people’s wedding photos to see how differently their days have been captured; if there is a particular set of photos you love, you could even hire the same photographer. Go with what speaks to you.

Relax

For some people, being in front of the camera is intimidating and uncomfortable. It can seem unnatural to pose in front of a camera, but you will have to do your best on the day. Some photographers are good at taking photos unnoticed, so you will most likely appear natural in the shots anyway, as you might not even notice your picture being taken. When it comes to getting photos lined up with your friends and family, or side by side with your partner, you might start to feel more pressure. The best thing to do is to focus on your partner and your emotions. Try not to force yourself to pose if it doesn’t come naturally to you. Just pay attention to your partner and you will end up smiling naturally. If you are nervous about it, there are some useful guides on how to pose ‘naturally’ so you can practice a little before the day. Your photographer will probably provide you with some direction too, so once again, try your best to relax.

Plan Ahead

It’s a really good idea to have another visit to your venue and taking your photographer along is even better, as it will give you a chance to take a second look at the space before the big day. You can think more carefully about where your décor will be going, and you can communicate with your photographer about where the best photos can be taken. Remember that lighting changes quite dramatically between day and evening, so you will also have to make sure you plan the timing well. Some people even get their photos taken before the ceremony, to guarantee perfect couple-shots.

Photo Opportunities

Getting the photos that you want may also mean choosing the right venue. If you know you want photos with a natural backdrop, you need a venue that has gardens. If you want a city backdrop, then you need an inner-city venue. You are sure to get beautiful wedding photos at NYC’s Tribeca roof if a backdrop of the city is what you want. When picking your venue, make sure you consider the potential for great photography. Having great views in the background will make your photos even more special.

Bring Props and Get Creative

If you know you want to have some more playful shots, plan ahead and bring along items you may want in your photos. If your partner is an avid cyclist, perhaps you could get a fun shot of you both on a bike? Once again, think carefully and discuss these ideas with your photographer. There will already be lots of great photo opportunities within your venue with all the décor and things going on, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare some extra scene-setting extras too.

Photo Booth

Some people like to set up a makeshift photo-booth or space where your guests can take silly or fun shots together, which will add another set of photos into your album. It’s a good idea to get some extra photos taken from the perspective of your friends and family, and they can be included in the guestbook as a personal touch. Leaving a polaroid camera by the guestbook will give your guests a chance to take a fun snap to go with their messages.

Enlist Family and Friends

Another idea is to give a camera to each of the bride or groom’s parties, to document the ‘getting ready’ process. Try not to rely on one specific person, as this will put pressure on them to work rather than enjoy the day. But having cameras available lets people have fun and get involved, some of your friends and family members may love having an opportunity to pick up the camera and take their own shots.

Sharing Photos

Setting up a space for all the photos your guests do take makes it easier to collate them all together. You should try setting up an online place using a sharing platform such as Dropbox or Google Drive. This will allow people to upload their photographs and videos into one album and it can be viewed by everyone. It will mean you get to see everything from the day, and no photos get lost or disappear.

Keepsakes

The photos you have from your big day will be super special and a great way to keep them together is by creating an album. There are some great companies that can print your photos into a photo-book or album so that you can flip through your favorite shots. They would also make a lovely gift to parents if you think that’s something they would appreciate. Getting a book or film made from your photos from the day could also be something your photographer offers, so make sure to ask them about this. They may be able to recommend their favorite companies too.

Any photos that are taken of your big day will be special, but these tips should help you make sure you get those perfect pictures worth framing. With the day being so busy, you may not even get the chance to take everything in, so having those photos to look back at is such an important and meaningful thing. With all of these things taken care of, you can just enjoy your day and trust that your photos will turn out beautifully.

Tips To Get Wedding Ready

By Beachbody Super Trainer and creator of Ultimate Portion Fix, Autumn Calabrese

When deciding on a nutrition program to follow to slim down for your wedding there are a few key things to keep in mind. The first being how much time you have till the big day and how much time you have till your final dress fitting. Once you’ve had that final dress fitting its ideal to maintain your weight so that your dress fits on the big day!

Following the Foundational Fix plan of Ultimate Portion Fix is a great way to get wedding ready.

  • Start by eliminating highly processed foods from your diet, this includes, sodas, sugary coffee drinks, cakes, candy, and any other foods you might be consuming that contain excessive amounts of sugar (anything over 8 grams per serving is high). If it has a laundry list of ingredients you can’t pronounce its go to go.
  • Stick to whole foods, things like, fruit, vegetables, lean proteins (chicken, fish, turkey, tofu, tempeh, occasional red meat) and healthy carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, beans, potatoes, lentils and oats.
  • Watch your portion sizes. You can overeat on healthy food as well.  You don’t need as much as we tend consume to fuel your body. Ultimate Portion Fix shows you exactly how to portion out the foods that you love with its color coded, portion control containers.  
  • Balance your macronutrients. Again this is something Ultimate Portion Fix does for you.  No counting calories, carbs, protein or anything else. Fill your containers and enjoy your food knowing that you’re getting a perfectly portioned, balanced meal every time.
  • Make water your new best friend. Water is so important to the function of your body so stay hydrated, it also helps flush toxins out of your system. Make drinking half your body weight in oz of water a day your number 1 priority.
  • Practice self care. Planning a wedding can be stressful, that stress can start to take a toll on your waistline if you’re not careful. So find ways to relax like taking an epsom salt bath, getting in a good sweat session, journaling, and most importantly getting enough sleep at night.

In addition to implementing Ultimate Portion Fix and these 6 tips, load your diet with foods that support a healthy weight.  

  • Apples not only provide a healthy, natural sweetness to your diet they are loaded with fiber to help you feel fuller for a longer period of time.
  • Avocados have a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid which provides a slow burning energy source for the body.  Its been shown to fire up the metabolism and healthy fats help you feel satiated.
  • Beans are a great source of healthy carbohydrates.The are loaded with fiber and it takes our bodies a long time to digest. This again means you will feel full longer.
  • Eggs are a great source of protein. I know they’ve gotten a bad wrap in the past but they are low in calories and high in protein. Increasing protein in ones diet has been shown as a effective form of weight loss.
  • Chia Seeds try adding these little guys to a salad or smoothie. Chia seeds have been shown to help with endurance, energy and decreasing hunger. They are also high in omega – 3 fatty acids ( a good fat that we need) and protein.  

Looking your best on your special day is a big deal and can stress a lot of people out. Take the stress away, follow a program that isn’t a diet, doesn’t leave you starving or feeling deprived, has been proven to work long term for hundreds of thousands of people.  If you want a program that is effective and will have you feeling like your best self on your big day check out Ultimate Portion Fix.

About Autumn Calabrese

Celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and working mom Autumn Calabrese has created  breakthrough fitness programs 80 Day Obsession®, 21 Day Fix®, 21 Day Fix EXTREME®, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel® and Country Heat®. She’s revolutionized the Beachbody fitness model with her simple approach to healthy eating.

Together with her chef brother, Bobby Calabrese, she authored the portion-control cookbook, FIXATETM and hosts the cooking show by the same name that streams on Beachbody® On Demand. FIXATE features simple, delicious recipes, all perfectly portion-controlled and easy to make. Her goal as a health and fitness expert is to motivate and inspire people to make the lasting changes that will serve them and their families for the rest of their lives.

Trend Alert: Wedding Dresses with Pockets!

When it comes to choosing a wedding dress, today’s brides are living their best life and opting for function over formality.

Still a trending feature in bridal, pockets bring a cool and contemporary vibe, even to the most formal of gowns.

Laure de Sagazaan

From traditional floor-length gowns to short dresses and jumpsuits, this French designer runs the gamut.

Rime Arodaky

For the bride searching for an ensemble that is both elegant and effortless, look no further than Rime Arodaky.

Wtoo by Watters

From the aisle to the dancefloor, Wtoo by Watters has got you covered with wedding day attire that’s chic and modern.

Alexandra Grecco

Sometimes, less is more – we love these simple and feminine silhouettes by this NY-based designer.

Elegant Details

When it comes to wedding dresses, we can all agree that the back of the dress is just as important as the front. After all, it’s what guests see throughout the ceremony so, of course, the bride-to-be will want look back at wedding photos and reminisce about how good she looked at every angle.

From modest low backs to dramatic with interesting detailing, below we’ve highlighted just some of the most stunning wedding dress backs by top designers that are sure to turn some heads.

Alexandra Grecco

From chic ruffles to backs with delicate floral detailing, Alexandra Grecco’s dresses feature just the right amount of romance and whimsy.

Caroline Castigliano

Tradition meets modern romance in the backs of these elegant gowns by the British designer.

Laure de Sagazan

Oh-so-chic, the backs of these frocks feature the most beautiful embroidery and button detailing that leaves us speechless.

Lakum

A structured ensemble with graphic detailing is the perfect way to accentuate your back on the day you say ‘I do’.

Olvi’s

For an alluring back with a twist of modernity and elegance, look no further than Olvi’s.

Rime Arodaky

Leave it to this French designer to capture romance and cool-girl vibes in the backs of these gorgeous dresses. Who wouldn’t say ‘yes’?

Watters

Tie-the-knot with a bow and seal with love. We hope you will be as obsessed with these backs as we are!

Wtoo by Watters

We love the detailing on the backs of these romantic and enchanting wedding dresses by Wtoo.

Willowby by Watters

The bold lace and intricate details in back of these free-spirited gowns are sure to captivate the attention of wedding guests.

Royal Wedding

Below is an exclusive first-hand commentary from royal wedding expert and British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano, who was on-site at Windsor Castle covering the royal wedding. She has included commentary on her thoughts of Meghan’s wedding dress and how it compares to past Royal wedding gowns.


What do you think of the outfit overall – dress, veil/tiara, shoes etc?

We have been counting down the days speculating the Royal dress designer and Meghan has made her moment in history wearing Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller…

Meghan has made her entrance in a minimal gown and have certainly differentiated herself from Kate who did it all in lace! Meghan has brought the splendor here with a long veil…

Meghan looks thoroughly modern with her choice of gown and has given her nod to the Royal family and Queen by following the Royal tradition of covering her shoulders and a long sleeve! She entered St Georges Chapel – a moment of history in a simplistic style…

The dress is a boat neck wedding dress is a wonderful style. It’s a wide neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends at the shoulders.

Her hair is gorgeous in a low swept bun!

Meghan is a fresh young American with a million dollar smile the cameras love and she looks fantastic entering the British establishment in a fantastic gown.

Meghan is going into a family that has been seen in the public eye for 1,000 years and has definitely made her mark with this wedding gown…which is quite remarkable in the way it’s so simplistic compared to other dressed we have seen on Diana and Kate!

Meghan has had the World in suspense with what she will wear, and with such high expectations on her she has not failed to disappoint…

Meghan has certainly created a name for herself fashion wise – she is following in the footsteps of Diana who was a fashion icon in the public eye for 16 years… and has done a fabulous modern job!

Royal brides are normally expected to support British designers in the UK rather than choosing designer abroad but Meghan has gone with a French luxury design house here which is a different choice from other Royal brides…

The whole wedding is picture perfect and fairytale like with all of the bridesmaids looking fabulous!

Is it what you expected/predicated?

I believed the gown would be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big 9-foot train coming off the dress from the side to create the drama. I did think she would have a bit of lace and there is some lace detailing on the veils.

I predicted Meghan would have some kind of edge to her wedding dress, but I was certain Meghan’s dress would be classic, elegant with traditional features. I predicted Meghan would give a big nod to the Queen and Royal family with covered shoulders, a long sleeve and high back. But I was expecting Meghan would show her personality by wearing a fitted dress and we haven’t seen a Royal wearing a fitted gown for a long while… I thought a fitted gown would be the way Meghan showed her personality alongside respecting Royal tradition when it comes to Royal gowns. The gown is certainly more fitted than other brides we have seen!

Initially we thought the gown would be Ralph & Russo, but the brand has been in the press a great deal ahead of the wedding, which is an unusual move if they were actually the designer. Ralph & Russo gowns are super expensive so wearing a 100k gown may have seemed ostentations to the public.

Yesterday, our bets were on Stella McCartney, but as Oprah and Amal Clooney both arrived wearing Stella, that was a surprise to us and we thought it must be a different designer if they are wearing Stella… I thought Stella was such a perfect for Meghan as Stella used organic fabrics and her ethos is very much the same as Meghan!

Meghan has totally surprised us wearing Claire Waight, Givenchy! This was totally not talked about in the press at all and they kept it all top secret!

How does it compare to the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress?

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was one of lace decorum – she looked super elegant as a bride and Kate gave us a Royal dress to remember.

Meghan has totally differentiated her style here by wearing a plain gown rather than lace and the shaping is totally different as well!

Meghan has a totally different style to Kate when it comes to her hair, Kate loves a good blow dry whereas Meghan prefers wearing her hair up!

Is the dress similar to any other royal wedding gowns? (eg Kate’s was compared to Princess Grace of Monaco’s.)

Kate Middleton’s gown took a style lead from Grace Kelly’s dress, the intricate applique bodice and sleeves of Catherine’s mirrored the wedding. The similarities don’t end there, both gowns shared a high-waist, full-skirt and a long dramatic train and both wore a sheer veil and diamond tiara!

I would say that Meghan has gone quite, Wallis Simpson (almost royalty) – Wallis dress was designed by Mainbocher, it was very modern in its time, much like the look Meghan has gone for. The gown was made of a crepe silk and featured a long slim skirt much like Meghan has gone for here! Wallis was known has a fashion weapon and was a super glamorous art deco women!

How does Meghan’s dress compare to the one she wore in Suits and the dress at her first wedding?

This is the first time we’ve seen a Royal bride very publicly in a wedding gown – since Meghan’s on screen character Rachel on Suits got married. Meghan’s gown is totally the opposite to what we saw in Suits, which was a v-neck gown by Anne Barge, an Atlanta based designer. Her wedding look in Suits was quite bohemian and Princess like compared with Meghan’s demure look today! In complete contrast the wedding gown on Suits was beaded and accessorized with a black belt and Meghan has gone the total opposite today with a minimal accessories and a plain look! Her gown in Suits was certainly sassy but she has had to please the Queen and country today and opt for tradition!

Looking for Love

Important Qualities to Consider when Looking for Love :
We all want to be able to settle down with someone special one day but finding the perfect partner is not always easy. While there are plenty of resources to help you find love these days, such as online dating sites, you have to be sure that the person you choose has the right qualities. It is not all about appearance, which is something that you need to remember when you are looking for that special someone.

 
While you do not have to go over the top and start carrying out a background check online every time you find someone you like, there are certain qualities that you should look for. This will make it far easier to find someone that you will not only be attracted to physically but will also enjoy the company of. Relationships that are based purely on physical attraction are far less likely to succeed in the long run compared to those that are meaningful on a deeper levels.

 
What else you need to look for :
Of course, physical attraction is important in a relationship. However, you should remember that it is you that must feel attracted to the person not your friends and family. So, don’t worry if your friends don’t like the look of the person you are interested in – as long as you have that attraction there, that’s all that matters.

 
One thing you should look for when you are looking for love is someone that has a good sense of humor. Unless you want your life to be deadly serious all the time, it is important that you find someone you can have a laugh and a joke with. Finding a partner with a similar sense of humor as you can be really beneficial because it means that you are likely to have a lot in common from the types of movies you like to the types of activities you enjoy.

 
Another important quality that you need to look at is just how much the person has in common with you. Of course, they do not have to like every little thing that you like. However, having some similar interests is important because it means that you will be able to do far more together when it comes to your free time. If you enjoy things such as walking, cycling, and hiking, finding a partner that prefers to be slumped in front of the TV in all their spare time could make things difficult when it comes to spending quality time together.

 
One more thing that many people look for is someone that can provide some essence of security and stability. This doesn’t refer to how much money they earn or what assets they have. It means finding someone that you can wholly trust and someone that wants to work toward the same life goals as you. This will enable you both to work toward a common goal such as eventually settling down and starting a family.