I If you are currently in a dysfunctional marriage, or considering divorce, you may be wondering if your spouse could be hiding assets, income or debts from you. Sadly, your fears are not that unusual. In fact, financial mischief is fairly widespread among couples today, even if they are not in the process of divorce. According to a study conducted by The National Endowment for … [Read more...]
Divorce planning involves consideration of a wide range of issues including parenting and child custody (when children are involved), and often very complex financial matters. We provide expertise in identifying all the issues that need to be discussed and resolved between the parties in such a way that communication is enhanced and better decisions for all can be reached in the process.
We have created a number of articles addressing many of these topics and offer them for your consideration to assist you in preparing for the sometimes lengthy process of preparing for the divorce.
Facing difficult life challenges, such as going through a divorce, may not seem like a logical time to be thankful. Yet studies have shown that cultivating gratitude, even when the chips are down, can have profound impact on our health -- for the better. Gratitude improves physical health. A 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences found that grateful people exercise … [Read more...]
If you and your spouse are considering, or are in the process of divorce, and one or both of you has a corporate or civil service pension, know that all pensions are not created equal. This fact is extremely important to understand as you proceed toward an equitable division of your marital estate. In dividing pension benefits in a divorce, your attorney will be required to create a QDRO … [Read more...]
In the past, divorce processes have been primarily adversarial in nature. In a typical divorce scenario, spouses each hire an attorney, and then a variety of expert consultants who advise them on finances and custody plans. This type of divorce can go on for many months or even years, driving up fees and increasing a couple's stress levels, anxiety and animosity. Children can get caught in the … [Read more...]
Often, many of the women I work with on their divorce finances know very little, sometimes nothing, about their marital assets (or liabilities for that matter). This is gradually changing, but surprisingly, still exists. Maybe the husband has simply kept the information largely to himself, or the wife doesn't feel she understands finances like she should, so leaves it up to her spouse, or she … [Read more...]
An often overlooked asset that should be legally divided in a divorce settlement is the company or employer bonus. Many attorneys forget to address the community nature of such bonuses. Even if they are paid in the year following divorce, company bonuses are partially community property. Bonuses are paid for the preceding year’s services or performance. The settlement agreement or divorce … [Read more...]
Doing your financial homework before you file for divorce can help you avoid a host of potentially costly pitfalls. Learn all you can about the divorce laws in your state and consider engaging a team of experts to get you through. The timing your divorce may also play a role in the financial outcome of your divorce. Meeting with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, such as myself, also can … [Read more...]
While all children need the continued support and care of parents, children with special needs require unique consideration during and after a divorce. The financial support allotted to a child post-divorce is usually determined according to the family code of each state. Such support for a special needs child can be adjusted based on the unique needs of the child in question. Adjustments … [Read more...]
Myths about divorce abound. For one thing, divorce laws vary from state to state. So, quite often, people are confused due to what they have heard about celebrity divorces, or a friend or family member's divorce in another state. To help bridge this knowledge gap, I have compiled a list of ten facts about divorce that may surprise you. You may be responsible for debts incurred by your spouse … [Read more...]
Decisions about filing for Social Security benefits will affect you financially for the rest of your life. And if you have gotten divorced in the past, you may qualify to receive Social Security on the work record of your ex-spouse. However, you must meet several requirements for qualifying to receive these benefits. You also must consider at what age to start taking those benefits. Here are … [Read more...]