I recently started writing for brightpeak Financial and one of my first topics for them is one I wish I’d been aware of before I got pregnant in 2011.For this piece, I got to interview a couple friends who used short-term disability benefits to help replace part of their income while they took unpaid maternity leave after the birth of their children.
As I mention in the piece, half of two-parent households in the U.S. have both parents working full-time, yet the U.S. is the only developed nation that does not mandate ANY paid leave for new parents.
I was fortunate. I’d been with my employer for more than five years so I was able to use six weeks of accumulated PTO for maternity leave and take another two weeks unpaid. But when people haven’t been with their employer very long or don’t have as generous vacation benefits, short-term disability can help bridge the gap.
When I started my freelance writing career, I almost never did interviews for the pieces I wrote. I just researched the topic and went from there. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more interviews and, despite my tendency toward introversion, I am really coming to enjoy them.
When Magnify Money asked me to write a guide on handling your financial life after divorce, I got the chance to interview two Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFAs), Dan Burges from Ameriprise in Southlake, TX and Avani Ramnani from Francis Financial in New York, NY.
They had some great advice, not just for the immediate aftermath, but information you can use long after the ink on your divorce decree is dry.