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Financial tips for couples going through a divorce

On Behalf of | May 24, 2022 | Divorce

Ohio couples that have decided to end their marriage will need to face the financial challenges that the divorce process creates. Whether they are concerned with the division of property or their retirement accounts, the financial decisions made during the divorce can have an impact on their lives long after the process ends.

Be knowledgeable and prepared to negotiate during the division of property

When most couples divorce, they will need to go through the process of dividing all the property they acquired during marriage. Some of the things they will have to divide include:

  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Jewelry
  • Vehicles
  • Real state
  • Savings and investment accounts
  • Retirement accounts and pensions

Getting prepared beforehand is very important as you need to be knowledgeable about what you and your spouse own jointly, what you want to keep and what you are willing to give up. Making a list of the property and gathering the documents that show ownership and other information about the process is the first step towards a fair divorce negotiation. There will be several options available to the couple for dividing the property, including reaching an amicable agreement, using a mediator or allowing the court to decide.

Do not overlook retirement accounts

Because that money was always meant to support the couple during retirement, it might be something that gets forgotten when dealing with the many other issues regarding divorce. However, it is important to address the division of these accounts and how the rules to divide them work as you will need this information to decide how to use the money.

You also need to be educated about the tax consequences of all the financial decisions you make during the divorce since they can significantly affect the real value of your settlement. Another financial area to study closely are your joint and individual debts and how you will divide these.