Money management after a divorce is critical to your ability to recover financially. Spending frivolously or ignoring the changes to your income and debt obligations could have costly consequences.
A proactive approach to saving and protecting your money can help you regain financial security at a more rapid rate.
Separate your finances
If you have joint accounts with your ex, now is the time to create a personal banking account. This includes removing your ex as an authorized user on any shared credit cards. Continuing to share a financial account could backfire if your ex spends excessively or has poor credit. Reckless spending not related to you could still impact your credit if both names appear on a shared account.
Set up a savings plan
Determine how much money you can save each month. At the onset of your divorce, this might be a small number. You can gradually increase what you contribute as your income increases and you adjust to financial independence. According to U.S. News, after divorce, an “emergency fund,” can provide considerable support if you experience something unexpected.
After you get back on your feet, you can eventually investigate other ways to capitalize on what you save. For example, you might consider a CD account that will build compound interest on your contributions. You may also consider working with a financial planner who can help you identify low-risk investment opportunities.
Divorce does not have to be the reason you live the rest of your life in poverty. The sooner you start to rebuild your finances, the more control you will have over your future.