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A divorce can be a difficult process for all members of a family. But, by making a few carefully thought out preparations, you can both protect your assets and ensure a smoother transition for everyone involved.

Initial Steps

Even before contacting a divorce attorney, you may want to make an exhaustive inventory of all marital assets. You will have to list property you own in divorce negotiations; preparing a complete tally in advance will make this simpler, help you avoid forgetting to disclose easy-to-overlook assets like pensions and assist your family law attorney in crafting a negotiation strategy.

Especially for collectibles, jewelry, art or other pieces of property whose value can be difficult to determine, appraisals often prevent conflicts later over how much a given item is worth. You should also ensure that you are aware of all your spouse’s assets that may not have ever been mentioned to you. Investment profits must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service, so examining tax returns is a relatively convenient way to uncover the existence of stock-trading accounts or other assets.

You will also want to begin thinking about how your financial life will change after the divorce. Prepare a budget projection to determine whether your individual income, in addition to any potential divorce settlement, will meet your expenses. Remember, if you wish to remain in the family home, take into account the substantial costs home ownership entails even beyond the mortgage, including things like utility bills, property taxes and upkeep expenditures. After a divorce, child care costs or visitation expenses can also become burdensome, and you should factor them in.

Finally, you should consider how your credit will be affected by divorce. It is possible that your spouse took on debts that you are liable for without your knowledge, or damaged your credit score by processing transactions through a joint account. Request your credit report and look for any irregularities. In addition, obtain a credit card in your own name to begin building your personal credit.

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Of course, you and your attorney will need to contemplate many other matters together later in the divorce process. But, by addressing a few essential financial issues before entering into divorce negotiations, you may be able to secure a more fair and favorable settlement.

Amy M. Levine
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Our Latest Blog Posts

How to prepare financially for a divorce

Ohio is an equitable property division state, which means that you might be entitled to a majority share of a marital estate in a final divorce settlement. However, even if you are expecting to receive valuable assets as part of such a settlement, you'll still need to...

What to know about the Chapter 7 bankruptcy means test

Chapter 7 bankruptcy gives consumers in Columbus, Ohio, a legal way to remove burdening debt they can no longer handle. Only unsecured debts, such as medical and credit card debt, can get erased in bankruptcy. The secured debts, those that are backed by collateral,...

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When Ohio residents put together their wills and estates, they do everything in their power to make sure that they've covered all of their bases. They usually work with attorneys to make sure that their beneficiaries are clearly indicated, and they work on an asset...

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It may be possible to keep your Ohio home after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, that will depend on how much equity that you have in the property. Furthermore, you'll need to remain current on your home loan to retain ownership of the property. Let's take a...

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