Dealing with financial matters after a divorce can be difficult, but knowledge is always power. The more you know, the better off you'll be, so why not get started learning today? The following information contains advice on how to survive financially after a divorce, ranging from an agreement on assets distribution to mediation, so no matter what your needs are, you'll have an understanding of how to survive financially after a divorce.
1Agreement On Assets Distribution
Agree on how to divide your assets. A particularly difficult thing in any divorce is the decision of who gets what. You and your spouse both may have an economic and emotional investment in almost everything, from the house to the art collection you acquired together. It is beneficial to avoid having the lawyers get involved in the process. Once the legal system is formally involved, the process is much more expensive and financially and emotionally draining.
2Try To Mediate
Mediation can be a money-saving alternative to the courts. This way, everything is a process in a give and take, agreed upon under the guidance of an unbiased 3rd party. You can opt for methods of dividing the assets that are financially best for both of you. For example, with investments, it's usually better to divide them and sign them over instead of selling them and splitting the money; this because selling them can generate considerable fees and taxes. If you go to court, the courts may order the sale of the portfolio, making you liable for the fees and taxes.
3Review Your Financial Documents
Assess what remains and be sure that every little thing is truly concluded. Make sure that you cancel any joint bank accounts and cancel any joint credit cards. Do whatever changes you need to your life insurance and any other policies.
4Live Within Your Means
If you were the main breadwinner in the relationship, you might have to make monthly alimony or child support payments. And if you didn't have a higher salary, you will still have less total income than you did previously. Rather than slide further into debt, downsize your lifestyle, at least temporarily until you feel financially comfortable again. This may mean a smaller home or apartment or less expensive vacations. It may mean a much more significant change, depending on your ability to earn income now.
5Establish Your Necessary Income
Do what it takes to get back on your feet. Network with your family and friends to let them know you're looking for a job or an opportunity to make extra income. Network on social websites as well.
6Make A Plan
You'll need to plan your saving, investments, and budget. If you were not the primary earner, you have two challenges: replacing the lost wages and rebuilding your credit. The good credit you had as a couple may not be as good after the divorce. One of the only advantages of a divorce is the ability to change your lifestyle and spending habits drastically. This is easier after divorce because it doesn't require agreement from both parties.
No one gets married with the expectation of getting divorced someday. Regrettably, divorce rates are expected to continue climbing. Divorce affects all areas of your life, including your financial health, and can result in significant challenges. Take some time to educate yourself further on personal finance to help get your finances back in shape. Start today by applying these tips, and you'll bounce back sooner than you thought.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut or as she likes to call them Thing 1 and Thing 2.