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How to keep divorce from destroying your finances

There’s no doubt that divorce will change your life in many ways. From where and how you live to the way you save and spend your money, there’s no shortage of concerns to confront head-on.

As you focus on here and now, you should also turn some of your attention to your financial future. Neglecting to prepare for this during the divorce process can result in serious trouble down the road.

Here are some of the many ways to protect your financial future:

  • Create an asset and debt division checklist: This provides a clear and clean overview of your current financial circumstances, including the assets and debts that are and are not subject to division.
  • Create a post-divorce budget: Without this, you’re simply hoping for the best. You’re assuming you’ll earn enough money to cover your monthly expenses, but you don’t really know that for sure. A budget helps protect against this, which gives you peace of mind. 
  • Don’t make rash decisions: For example, if you’re negotiating with your soon to be ex-spouse in mediation, don’t hand over all your retirement assets because this stage of your life is far off. You’ll regret decisions like this in the future.

Divorce has the potential to ruin your financial future, but this doesn’t have to happen. There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your money, thus giving you the opportunity to live a good life post-divorce.

If you know your legal rights and what you’re trying to accomplish, it’s much easier to make it through the divorce process while protecting your financial future.