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Lee Brochstein turned her divorce into diamonds. A reformed divorce blogger, she now writes and socializes about diamonds and engagement rings and marriage at Jonathan's Fine Jewelers and everything else about her life at The Diamond Gal, where she is still a divorced mom of two kids and one very large dog who has started over a third time and never knows what is around the next corner!

Blog Entries by Lee Block

The Fairy Tale: Demystifying the Myth

(29) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:20 PM

Once upon a time I loved princesses who let down their hair, got kissed awake by princes and fit into glass slippers. I dreamed of being saved from the dragon, the evil stepmother or the wicked witch by a dashing prince on the white horse. I planned the elaborate fairytale...

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Why Women File For Divorce

(713) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 9:15 PM

I have been married twice and divorced twice and I filed for divorce both times. The reasons why I filed aren't really that important, as they are between me, myself, my ex's and the statistics that 70 percent of women file for divorce. What is important to know...

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The Selfish Side of Divorce With Children

(180) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 6:50 PM

For those that have visited me and know me, you all know that I am divorced. It's not a secret. You also know that I have kids with my ex. What I have not openly shared is that he and I have very different lives, and...

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The 12 Divorced Days Of Christmas

(12) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 9:30 PM

Christmas is upon us. In fact, it was upon us right after Halloween, but that is another article. All you hear as you meander through the holly-strewn stores is Christmas music about joy and cheer, but if you are in the midst of a divorce, your joy and cheer might...

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Divorce And The Marriage Contract

(58) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 2:15 PM

One of the articles I wrote for The Huffington Post regarding alimony brought up a lot of emotion from women who have been raising children and feel they deserve to be paid for the service. It seems that some feel that marriage is a contract and when that...

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Hello, My Name is Divorce

(23) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 7:38 PM

It's a new school year, which means seeing lots of new faces and faces that I might not have seen in a long time. One such face walked up to me and said the prerequisite "Hello," and before I could even say hello back, she went on to say, "I...

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The Where And When Of Post-Divorce Dating

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 6:33 PM

When you get divorced, the world of dating can be daunting and a bit scary. You haven't fished in that pond for years and you now have children that you also have to think about. There are some universal questions that come up when dating as a re-single, when and...

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What Are the Family Courts Thinking?

(131) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 6:08 PM

This is not a rhetorical question. I really do want to know what the courts are thinking. The family courts just get worse and worse as time goes on. There is no reform and the system is broken, but instead of getting better, it continually gets worse.

Judge Nancy...

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The Financial Commitment Ends With The Marriage

(184) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 3:43 PM

You mean you didn't get the memo? Well, let me enlighten you, when the marriage ends, the financial commitment to you as the husband or wife ends as well. The only financial commitment that is left is to that of the children.

Don't get me wrong, life would be grandiose...

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Top 10 Reasons the Best Marriages Are Bi

(86) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 10:59 AM

The world we live in today is full of technologically-savvy divorced people. You don't have to leave your house to find anything anymore, and that includes a spouse. Chances are, if and when you do start dating online, you will meet someone and there is a good possibility that special...

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Child Support: The Debate That Never Ends

(31) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 11:54 AM

There are so many things to say on the subject of child support. Recently a post by Suzanne Cramer,Budget Fail: Child Support is it Enough?, brought up loads of comments and discussion.

Reading some of these comments, once again the disparity of thinking of the men and...

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Will He Let You Move?

(173) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 3:18 AM

Will he let me move? This was the main question that was asked the other night while at dinner with some divorced girlfriends and it got me thinking. If you are the primary parent, even if you share custody, in most states you do not have the right to relocate...

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The Non-Custodial Mother

(62) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 11:55 AM

I used to think about a non-custodial mom in a negative way. I thought about someone who must have some pretty major issues. They must be drug addicts, have serious mental issues or they are so self-absorbed, they didn't want to take care of their children once they were free...

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The Best Interest of the Children

(65) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 10:53 AM

The "best interest of the children" is a term that is thrown about with abandon during divorce and post-divorce. The courts, the attorneys, the parents, the guardian ad litems, Children's Protective Services, the psychological evaluator and therapists all use the term "the best interest of the children." They are all...

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Child Support Myths and Legends

(269) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 3:52 AM

Child support is a dangerous subject on a good day when everyone is in a good mood, so imagine that subject when everyone is in a bad mood. It brings out the worst in us. It makes us think of money grubbing ex wives and stingy ex husbands. It makes...

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The Cost of Child Support

(43) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 9:56 PM

Child support is always a hot bed of discussion. There are several reasons for this and the main one is, what exactly does child support cover? According to the website, Divorce Support,

The term "child support" covers all the economic necessities of life required by a child. These...

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Dispelling the Top 10 Myths of Divorce

(42) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 7:09 PM

Divorce is full of myths and legends. There are myths and legends regarding statistics of divorce and how others see people who are divorced. The myths and legends that I am talking about are not the ones that are propagated by others, but feelings that many divorcees have themselves. Dispelling...

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Post-Divorce Advice: Child Support

(138) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 7:17 PM

Every day I see clients that all have post divorce issues, but the one that I run into the most is about child support. Money is always a touchy subject and one of the more prevalent causes of divorce.

This one client, we will call her Ms. X, came to...

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Who Gets The Religion?

(142) Comments | Posted January 8, 2011 | 3:31 AM

Divorce comes in many shapes and sizes. Just read all the articles on this site and you can see that everyone has their own experiences and issues with divorce. One thing that can be a big issue in divorce is who gets the religion.

If you and your spouse came...

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Co-Parenting: The Toughest Job in The World

(74) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 11:37 AM

The divorce is done and things are going along nicely for a while, and then it happens. Your ex doesn't tell you that when the kids were with him or her they got sick. Not just a little sick, but sick enough that when it is your visitation, you have...

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