Traditional divorce and child custody processes are predominately adversarial in nature. In a typical "war-of-the-roses" divorce scenario, spouses each hire an attorney, and then a variety of expert consultants enter the fray on both sides to produce "dueling" business evaluations, financial analyses and/or custody evaluations. This type of divorce can go on for many months or even years, … [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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