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Men’s and women’s process groups forming in San Diego

Hayden Dover, MFT and Kim Fleming, IMFT are currently forming men’s and women’s process groups and are seeking up to 9 participants for each group. These groups will offer a unique experience to encourage assertive communication, learning, and practice social skills in a supportive, caring community.


Hayden Dover, MFT is forming a men’s process group focused on supporting men in finding greater self understanding, enriching their lives and developing more satisfying personal…


Added by Hayden Dover, MFT on March 27, 2014 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Spring Cleaning for a New Life

Whether you’re still digging out from the wake of the polar vortex on the East Coast, or feeling a bit guilty for the season’s strangely pleasant weather on the West, winter is slowly but surely coming to an end. With the return of the sun comes that perennial feeling of renewal and rebirth that inspires us to take inventory and tidy up our lives. Put simply: it’s time again for some spring cleaning.



Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on March 19, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Inspirational Single Moms: Past and Current

Happy Women’s History Month! March is the time of year when we celebrate the strength and accomplishments of the women throughout the ages. It was more than 100 years ago when the seed of Women’s History Month was first planted. In 1911, the first annual International Women’s Day was officially celebrated by more than a million people in Europe. After staking its annual claim on March 8 and spreading to countries…


Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on March 15, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Preparing for Tax Season: Taxes & Spousal Support

Tax season is just around the corner, and divorce can make preparing and filing your taxes tricky. In particular, if you’re paying or receiving spousal support, there are a few things to keep in mind during this season of reported incomes and deductions.

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Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on March 6, 2014 at 11:15am — No Comments

Nutrition and Aging

When we think about aging, we usually think about wrinkles and sagging skin. But aging is a biological process that involves much more than that.

Despite what our birthdays say, science has proven that some of the most detrimental causes of aging have nothing to do with our age, but are closely linked to high insulin, excessive food consumption, poor quality diet, trans-fats, and processed foods. This is why we have vibrant 80 year olds and sick and tired 40 year olds. The foods that…


Added by GSDBA on March 5, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments

Who Wants to Live to be 100?

Whether you categorize yourself as a baby boomer or a millennial, chances are you already have had a personal experience or first-hand knowledge in caring for a loved one.  The National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that 29% of the U.S. adult population is acting as informal caregivers, providing care to someone who is ill, disabled, or aged.  Baby boomers are considered to be part of the “sandwich generation” since they continue to support their children while simultaneously playing…


Added by GSDBA on March 5, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Financial Planning for Life Stages

Financial planning is a journey that requires continual monitoring and adjustments.  As you move through different phases of your life, priorities and circumstances change that can alter your course.  Being aware of changing needs and finding appropriate solutions can help you reach your financial goals.


The financial landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans – and in particular, same-sex couples – includes a number of matters that are unique to the…


Added by GSDBA on March 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

How Not To Repeat The Problems Of Your First Marriage (Lessons from Groundhog Day)

The movie Groundhog Day is a comical rendition of déjà vu that features a cynical newscaster who is forced to repeat the same day (Groundhog Day) over and over again. Phil Conners is finally granted the ability to progress to February 3rd after he changes his outlook on life and decides to become a better person. The movie illustrates the importance of being…


Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on February 18, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments

Dating After Divorce: First Get Ready, Then Jump In!

There is nothing more liberating than reaching the point after a divorce when you feel ready to start dating again. But just because you’ve committed yourself to taking the plunge back into the dating scene, doesn’t mean you’re ready to jump in with both feet. There are some things to keep in mind when you start dating after a divorce that will help you feel empowered.  The first step is to make sure you are ready to move forward with dating after a divorce.



Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on February 4, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments


Barbra Blake has been hired as the new CEO of the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA), the LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Blake will take over the chamber on Feb. 3 as it heads into its 35th anniversary year.

Most recently, Blake was director of marketing and communications for the Rady…


Added by GSDBA on January 29, 2014 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

Five Tips to Help You Save for a Rainy Day

While most financial experts agree that saving should be a part of every household budget, many Americans admit that they aren’t prepared financially for life’s unexpected challenges and emergencies. 

If your New Year’s resolution is to become more financially prepared for a “rainy day,” following are five tips to help you save. This is first article in a five-part financial planning series focused on Getting and Staying Prepared for Life’s Opportunities, Challenges and…


Added by GSDBA on January 28, 2014 at 3:40pm — No Comments

How Does Substance Abuse Affect Child Custody & Visitation Rights?

Of primary importance in any divorce is the well being of the children. Therefore, drug and alcohol abuse by a parent, legal custodian, person seeking guardianship, or person seeking visitation in a guardianship, can certainly impact California child custody and visitation rights. It’s important that issues of substance abuse are addressed fully as grounds for limited custody and visitation rights. While the safety of the children is always a concern for the State, it doesn’t…


Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on January 22, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

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Added by Jacqueline A Leshko on January 22, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments

Starting a Business

When you start your own business, knowing the income tax implications of your decisions can save you money and headaches. Learn about paying estimated income taxes, keeping track of expenses and how to take a tax deduction when you use your car for business.
From lemonade stand to estimated taxes

Remember that lemonade stand you started when you were a kid?…


Added by GSDBA on January 10, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

How To Ask For A Prenuptial Agreement: 4 Easy Steps

Tis the season for getting engaged! According to aFairchild Bridal Group survey, November and December account for 26 percent of marriage proposals in the United States. This exciting occasion is filled with joy, life changes, and sometimes difficult subjects to broach – such as asking for a …


Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on January 6, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments

Complex Property Division – The Ins and Outs

When couples enter into a marriage there are very few that consider the implications of this binding contract coming to an end. A majority of future spouses don’t even consider a prenuptial agreement. This means that in the unfortunate event of a divorce, couples are left to decide the division of their property while…


Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on December 19, 2013 at 3:57pm — No Comments

So Long 2013, Hello 2014

For me, 2013 was a terribly costly year.

I knew that 2013 would be tough.  GSDBA had asked me to lead it through some difficult decisions.  The GSDBA Board needed to re-engage the membership, the direction of GSDBA needed review, and membership wanted a reason to stay.

With big years, there are terrible decisions that must be made.  From the beginning, the only purpose of my being Chair of GSDBA was to reunite and reengage the membership with the direction of the organization. …


Added by Eric D Brown on December 18, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments



Bank Named One of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 9, 2013)Union Bank, N.A., announced today that it earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human…


Added by GSDBA on December 9, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Holiday Thrival Kit: How To Thrive During The Holidays When You’re Newly Divorced

The winter holidays – from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day – are a time for celebration and holiday cheer. It’s when families come together and the spirit of the season makes us all shine a little brighter. Garwood Family Law and Mediation understands that the holidays can be challenging for divorcees, and that you might feel some apprehension as the end of the year approaches. No need to simply batten down the hatches and try to just survive them though.…


Added by Julia M. Garwood, CFLS on December 6, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments


Small business owners, especially new sole proprietors, can find a wealth of information covering their federal tax responsibilities on

The SB/SE Tax Center is the “Go To” page for everything small…


Added by GSDBA on December 3, 2013 at 10:42am — No Comments

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