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How to manage your finances during the divorce process

People who make the decision to divorce likely know how involved the process can be. They still may fail to consider certain aspects that can have a significant impact on a finalized divorce agreement. Typically, those aspects are financial.

If you've decided to divorce in Arizona, there are several different financial considerations you need to take. In the end, you want to be sure that your divorce agreement is fair. Experts say that dividing up finances in a divorce is best understood by viewing them in their respective categories.

Assets

Assets can have a different impact for different people, depending on the personal financial situation of you or your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. Assets include the things you probably commonly think of, such as cash or bank accounts, but they also may include things like savings bonds or real estate. They each have a different kind of effect on your taxes, and you'll want to take that into consideration when dividing everything in a divorce agreement.

This category also includes retirement accounts and pensions, if you have them. These are especially important to handle carefully. If your ex-spouse passes away, you may have difficulty continuing to receive those benefits unless specified in your divorce agreement.

Liabilities

If you and your ex-spouse own any property that has a liability attached to it, be sure to outline how it will be handled. If a home is paid off, then it goes into the asset category, but for those who still make mortgage payments or have any debt relating to the home, that liability will need to be split between spouses. If you decide to sell it, think about who will cover the expenses of the home until that happens and how any profit or debt will be split.

Other sources of debt include credit cards. If you share a credit card with your ex, you should consider taking one name off the card. You may have to split any credit card debt with your spouse as part of the divorce agreement.

Income and Expenses

A common part of dividing income and expenses between exes includes alimony or child support payments. You might realize that you may have to make these payments if you make a great deal more than your ex, but what you may not think about is handling taxes. Tax laws used to say that alimony was subject to taxation for the recipient, but that is no longer the case. The tax deduction for the payer of alimony has been eliminated as well. Child support is not subject to taxes.

In any divorce proceedings, it is a good idea to employ the assistance of professionals, such as financial advisors or attorneys. Dividing property in a divorce can be a contentious matter, even in the best of circumstances, but the outside expertise of a professional can help you keep your perspective on what matters most.

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