Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “Even with my divorce and with everything, I don’t need money.” Unfortunately, if you are not a multi-millionaire, money is an important issue when divorcing. That does not mean you need to hire a Terminator-style attorney to destroy your spouse financially. It does mean you need to be prudent when going through a divorce. There is no point in throwing away money unnecessarily.
Here are some ways to avoid financial errors.
- Use mediation: If you give away money, there are plenty of attorneys willing to take your dollars and pursue a long, drawn-out litigation process. Mediation saves you time and legal fees.
- Get help: Tax laws are complicated, yet if you understand the rules, you can use them to your advantage and save yourself a lot of money. A slight increase in your income or property value can result in you paying more tax, thus negating the financial advantage you fought for.
- Consider the future: Divorce can affect your entitlement to retirement funds, or healthcare. Ensure you understand the value of these and include them in negotiations. You also need to consider the near future and secure the finances you need to transition to single life and raise children if you have them.
- Understand the value of your assets: Before you agree on property division, ensure you know the true worth of your joint assets.
- Don’t be a walkover: Mediation aims to resolve things fairly, not resolve them by any means. Do not cede more ground than you need.
An experienced mediator can help you understand more about the financial implications of divorce. That can make it easier to make informed choices moving forward.