Divorce is challenging. A major life transition that can have significant financial implications, particularly for families with children and older couples. So understanding the financial aspects of divorce is crucial for protecting your future and ensuring a smooth transition to a new chapter in your life. 

Here are some key topics to consider:

Understanding Legal Fees that Come with Divorce

Divorce proceedings can be expensive, so it’s essential to budget for legal fees and other associated costs. Consider consulting with a divorce attorney to understand your rights and options before proceeding.

What is Marital Property Versus Separate Property?

In a divorce, marital property is typically divided between spouses, while separate property remains with its original owner. Understanding the difference between the two and documenting your assets can help streamline the division process.

Will You Need Alimony? (Or will you have to pay alimony?)

Alimony, also known as spousal support, may be awarded to one spouse to provide financial assistance during and after the divorce process. Discuss the possibility of alimony with your attorney and consider how it may impact your financial situation.

Dealing with Combined Debt After Divorce

Debt accumulated during the marriage is typically divided between spouses during divorce proceedings. Be prepared to address outstanding debts, including mortgages, credit card balances, and loans, as part of the divorce settlement.

What Happens to Retirement Plans in a Divorce?

Divorce can impact retirement plans and savings accounts. Discuss how retirement assets will be divided and whether any adjustments need to be made to your retirement planning strategy.

Property Settlements in Divorce

Property settlement involves dividing assets such as real estate, vehicles, investments, and personal property between spouses. Work with your attorney to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement that meets both parties’ needs.

Taxation After Divorce

Divorce can have tax implications, including changes to filing status, deductions, and tax credits. Consult with a tax professional to understand how divorce may affect your tax situation and how to minimize any potential tax liabilities.

Child Custody and Child Support Through Divorce

For couples with children, child custody and child support are critical considerations during divorce proceedings. Work with your attorney to develop a parenting plan and establish child support arrangements that prioritize the best interests of your children.

Risk Management

Evaluate your insurance coverage, including health, life, and disability insurance, to ensure you and your children are adequately protected in the event of unexpected circumstances.

How Divorce Effects Social Security Benefits

For older couples, divorce can impact Social Security benefits. Understand how divorce may affect your eligibility for spousal benefits and retirement benefits, and plan accordingly for your future financial security.

It bears repeating; divorce is challenging. But with careful planning and guidance, you can better plan for your financial future and embrace a new beginning. 

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Donna understands first hand that life has many transitions. Having been widowed suddenly at age 40, reinventing her career, and blending her current family, she understands these unique needs and can give you clarity for moving forward!

Donna (Sephton) Kendrick, CFP®, CDFA®

Donna Sephton Kendrick CFP® CDFA®, Financial planner, Owner and Founder Sephton Financial

This blog is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information on the subjects covered. It is not, however, intended to provide specific legal, tax, or other professional advice. For specific professional assistance, the services of an appropriate professional should be sought.

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