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Diana Shepherd, CDFA®

Diana Shepherd has over 30 years of experience as a marketing, branding, SEO, copywriting, editing, and publishing expert. As Content Director for Family Lawyer Magazine, Divorce Magazine, and Divorce Marketing Group, she oversees all corporate content development and frequently creates SEO-friendly videos, podcasts, and copy for family law and financial firms. The Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine and Divorce Marketing Group, Diana is an award-winning editor, published author, and a nationally recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, finance, and stepfamily issues. She has written hundreds of articles geared towards both family law professionals and divorcing people, and she has both performed and taught on-page SEO for 20+ years. Diana spent eight years as the Marketing Director for the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts® (IDFA®), and she has been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® since 2006. While at IDFA, she wrote, designed, and published The IDFA Marketing Guide, and she also created seminars for CDFA professionals to present to family lawyers (approved for CLE), as well as to separated and divorcing individuals. She has represented both DMG and IDFA at industry conferences and events across North America, and she has given marketing as well as divorce financial seminars at many of those conferences.


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    Rosemarie LeMoine

    The comments about invading separate property don’t go quite far enough. In Washington State, where Amazon is headquartered, the Court can invade separate property if it deems that fair, without needing a special reason to do so. See In re Larson, 313 P.3d 1228(2013). Mr. Larson, an early MSFT employee, had a separate estate worth about 400 million dollars. The community estate was worth about 100 million dollars and almost all of it went to Mrs. Larson in their divorce. Mrs. Larson also got about 40 million of her husband’s separate property. They’d been married 25 years. Mr. Larson appealed, arguing there was no justification for the court to give his wife some of his separate property. Wrong! said the Court of Appeals. The court can divide separate property without needing to show a special reason for doing so. The ultimate property division just has to be fair.

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      Tricia Morris

      I agree with Rosemarie. Separate Property is no longer guaranteed to be “separate”. Fairness seems to be a determining factor.


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