Divorce can often have an overwhelming impact on finances. Unfortunately, the procedure frequently places both parties in a vulnerable financial situation. This increases the necessity for persons going through divorce to be aware of essential divorce transition wealth management strategies during this transitional period.

Review existing agreements and papers

Prior to filing for divorce, you should carefully review any pre-existing financial agreements and papers with your lawyer, including any prenuptial or postnuptial contracts and joint accounts. Make sure these documents are updated based on current laws and regulations, so that you can ensure a fair division of assets upon settlement.  If there was no prior agreement, then the division of assets may require consent from both parties and could be fairly complicated depending on each individual’s financial status at the time of separation.

Reassess your sources of income

You should also think about how divorce may influence your income sources and what you need to do to maintain a steady cash flow during this time. Reevaluate all sources of income, including investments, real estate holdings, and even family businesses if they were included in the marital estate during the marriage. It might be beneficial to talk this through with a financial advisor. 

Understand all payment structures and debt obligations

Another important aspect of managing finances after divorce is to review all payment structures and debt obligations – such as credit cards, loans, mortgages etc. – that were shared between the two individuals when married. If applicable, it will be essential to properly divide these debts amongst yourselves in order to avoid any legal or financial trouble post-divorce. 

Set a budget

Additionally, it is often beneficial to create a budget for yourself that accounts for all of your expenses and income sources.  This can be an invaluable tool for monitoring your financial success as you go through the divorce process. Consider creating an emergency fund as well, which will act as a safety net in case of any unforeseen expenses. 

Work with a financial advisor

Finally, it’s critical to keep in mind that each person’s financial condition is distinct from the others. Talking to an experienced financial advisor who can give you guidance based on your specific requirements can be helpful. A financial advisor can provide tailored advice specific to your personal needs and help ensure that you are set up for long-term financial success

The impact of divorce on one’s finances can be significant. But with the right divorce transition wealth management strategies, you can ensure that you come out of this process in a stronger financial position. 

If you’d like to be well-equipped to navigate your finances during divorce and you wish to set yourself up for long-term financial security, get in touch with us! 

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