Key financial strategies for affluent couples facing divorce

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce can be complex, especially for affluent couples.

Proper financial planning is needed to ensure a fair division of assets and financial stability.

Assessing financial situation

Start by compiling all financial documents. This includes bank statements, investment portfolios and tax returns. A detailed list of assets and liabilities provides a clear financial picture, which will help you make informed decisions during the divorce process.

Budgeting during the divorce

Divorce can bring new expenses, such as legal fees and separate living costs. Create a budget to track income and expenses. This helps manage costs and avoid financial strain. Adjust the budget to reflect any changes in income or expenses throughout the process.

Understanding marital assets

Identify which assets are marital and which are separate. Marital assets, including homes, businesses and investments, are subject to division. Separate assets, either acquired before the marriage or through inheritance, may not be divided.

Division of complex assets

High-wealth couples often have complex assets like businesses, real estate and investment portfolios. In Massachusetts, property division follows equitable distribution. This does not always mean a 50/50 split but rather a fair division. Consider the tax implications and long-term effects of asset division.

Managing debt

Address joint debts, such as mortgages, business loans and credit card balances. Decide how to handle these debts during and after the divorce. Joint debts can affect both parties’ credit scores. Create a plan to pay off or refinance debts to prevent future financial issues.

Planning for the future

Consider the long-term financial impacts of divorce. Update financial plans and goals, including retirement and insurance needs. Review estate planning documents, such as wills and beneficiary designations, to reflect the new circumstances. Ensure that financial plans are sustainable and reflect the new reality.

Seeking professional help

Financial advisors and legal professionals provide valuable guidance during and after a divorce. They can help you work through complex financial issues and ensure a fair and sustainable financial plan for the future.