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Protecting your financial future during your divorce

Most people facing divorce have concerns regarding how this process will affect their financial health. Ending your marriage may bring changes to your lifestyle and your financial future, especially if there are significant assets at stake. Whether you have already filed for divorce or you believe it is a possibility at some point, there are things you may want to do now that will help you achieve long-term stability and security.

Preparing for divorce can be an important step in protecting assets. There are significant benefits in looking ahead and ensuring that you are ready for the process of negotiating terms, dividing marital property and making decisions that could affect your future. This preparation can make the complex process of divorce slightly easier, giving you confidence as you move forward.

What’s first?

After you’ve decided to divorce, you may not be certain what you should do first to lay the groundwork for a strong post-divorce future. One of the first and most beneficial steps is to make a list of your assets and identify what’s yours. Marital assets, which include anything accumulated or earned during the marriage, is subject to division. Separate property is not subject to division. After this step, you will want to get copies of all of your financial statements.

High net worth individuals may find it practical to negotiate the terms of their financial settlement. When you have a complete understanding of your financial situation and marital assets, you will be in a better position to secure terms that will provide you stability well into the future. When there is significant wealth on the line, there is also benefit in seeking assistance when you feel unclear on a matter or need additional information.

Start with the end in mind

Divorce is an emotionally complex process, but feelings are not the best indication of what will truly be best for you long term. When your wealth and future security are on the line, you will want to make choices that will make sense now as well as months or years down the road.

Though it may seem difficult to get through this trying time, working toward a brighter future is possible. With the right information to help you through this process, you may feel more confident as your case proceeds.

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