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...]
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.
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...]
Being financially prepared for the possibility that you could require long-term care is an important part of retirement planning. Yet, too many people hope for the best and don't give this much thought. Our rapidly aging population, lengthening longevity and unpredictable health care costs highlight the need for long-term care insurance. So, couples getting a divorce, especially those approaching … [Read more...]
Most of us don’t have the option of buying a home during the process of divorce due to financial constraints. But while a fortunate few may have the resources to afford the down payment, mortgage payments, property taxes and upkeep, careful thought should still be given to this idea. Going through a divorce is highly stressful. You are likely experiencing a wide variety of emotions right now, … [Read more...]
Since 2012, I have been a featured speaker for a quarterly educational seminar series in Houston called the Guide to Good Divorce. The program was founded by Houston family law attorney, Trey Yates, who addresses attendees on the topic of divorce law in Texas. My topic is, of course, divorce financial planning and the divorce process. The panel of speakers also typically includes a therapist, or a … [Read more...]
(by Pamela A.) Going through a divorce is one of the toughest things I've ever done. But like most crises in life, once you go through it, you can look back and appreciate all the things you learned about yourself in the process. You also want to share your insights with others in the hope that you can help. It's not that I did everything right, by any means. But I did make a few decisions that … [Read more...]
The use of mediation as an alternative to the courtroom has become increasingly popular, especially in the divorce process. It’s affordable, confidential and achieves results. In last month's blog post, I wrote about the many faces of divorce mediation for Houston area couples. Mediation, in one form or another, is now an integral part of most divorces in Texas and many other states. Some … [Read more...]