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...]
Divorce Financial Planning
Financial planning can be complex and difficult under the best of circumstances. Financial planning in the context of a divorce represents a different level of complexity. These are the times when having the support and guidance of an experienced Certified financial planner can be invaluable.
The list of things that you might have to consider is extensive. Consider whether any of these items are pertinent to your case:
- Child support
- Separate property (inheritances or pre-marriage assets)
- Executive benefits (stock options, restricted stock, bonuses)
- Can you afford to retain the home?
- College expenses
- Debt payments
- Small business owned by you or your spouse
- Medical insurance to provide post-divorce coverage
- Tax effects of the divorce
- Right to spouse's social security
- Right to spouse's pension
Are you prepared to address this list of issues without professional help?
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