Life following divorce can be complicated, especially when the divorce occurs suddenly. Not only are many people emotionally unprepared for divorce, but some individuals are not financially prepared for the many challenges that can arise during a divorce. Fortunately, you are able to avoid some of the most substantial financial problems that can arise during divorce if you are aware of the most common types of financial traps ahead of time. To minimize the amount of  financial and emotional hardships you face after a divorce, contact an experienced divorce attorney to help guide you through the process.

Common Financial Mistakes in Divorce

Due to the high stress associated with the divorce process, many people end up making bad decisions during this time. By understanding what these common mistakes are, you can avoid doing anything that will place you in a worse financial position after your divorce. Some of the most common mistakes that people make during this time include:

  • Forgetting the tax repercussions that transferring assets can have
  • Using money from investments or retirement accounts to pay bills
  • Fighting to keep ownership of the house even though they can not pay for the mortgage or tax
  • Splurging on unnecessary purchases in an effort to make themselves feel better
  • Not adjusting to what their financial situation is after the divorce and instead trying to continue life as if the divorce never happened
  • Quitting their jobs to avoid paying spousal support
  • Entering the divorce process without a plan

How to Maintain Financial Security Following a Divorce

Some key steps that divorcing couples can take to remain financially stable include the following:

  • Keep track of your spending so that you can start saving money now
  • Understand what your financial situation is currently, including all of your debts and existing account balances
  • Create a realistic spending budget
  • Spend your money on prioritized necessities
  • Make sure that you receive any compensation that you are owed including alimony and payments
  • Update your financial accounts to make sure that the correct names are listed as well as any changes of address
  • Frequently inspect your credit report to monitor any changes that might arise
  • Contribute to your retirement savings, which might include enrolling in a different life insurance program
  • Create and then follow a financial plan of where you want to be in one year, five years, and 10 years

Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney

A knowledgeable divorce attorney understands the most common problems that arise during divorce planning. Fortunately, our divorce lawyer can help you create a plan to make sure that your financial security is not threatened by divorce. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. today to schedule an initial free consultation.