Does Disability Insurance Cover Pregnancy?

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.aood3vqkefq-freestocks-orgFor 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.

Head over to the brightpeak Financial blog and check out my post, Does Disability Insurance Cover Pregnancy.

Have you used disability benefits during pregnancy? What are your thoughts?

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How to Handle Your Finances After Divorce

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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

You can check out the guide here.

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How Do Millennial Business Owners Compare to Other Generations?

Will we ever tire of analyzing, dissecting and writing about the Millennial generation? Not anytime soon.pexels-photo-159991

Recently, I wrote a piece for Freshbooks on how Millennial business owners compare to other generations. Researching this piece was pretty interesting. I uncovered a few statistics that surprised me.

I also listed a few resources to help small business owners (of any generation) manage their business finances.

Head over to the Freshbooks blog and check it out. Do you have any other tips I didn’t think of?

Tax Knowledge Showdown: How Do Millennial Business Owners Compare to Other Generations?

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