Divorce is a difficult time for everyone involved. However, having a well-thought out divorce asset protection strategy to address the division of assets can make this transition much easier on both parties involved.
There are many things you can do before and during the divorce process to properly protect your assets during this tumultuous time. Time may be one of the most important factors: the longer that a pre-existing asset protection strategy has been in place, the greater its potential effectiveness when you need it.
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Divorce is a very difficult time. You can find yourself dealing with the loss of your spouse and the breakdown of your family. It can be an emotionally wrenching time. Nevertheless, you still need to make sure that you take care of your finances.
Never underestimate the potential for costly mistakes when you have to go through a divorce. We believe one of the best financial plans of action is to partner with a fiduciary financial advisor before you start divorce proceedings.
Your financial planner can assist in developing a specific plan that has the potential to protect your assets from being dissipated by unnecessary disputes and court battles. Your advisor can also develop a financial plan that takes into consideration any tax implications that might arise from the sale of various assets in the settlement. As an example, if your assets are split “pre-tax” that could result in an uneven division of assets based on the income levels of each spouse.
Because not every asset you own with your spouse has the same value, you’ll want to coordinate with your financial planner to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and situation.
Depending upon the complexities of your situation, it may be prudent to hire a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). They assist couples and their attorneys pursue equitable settlements using their knowledge of asset distribution, short and long-term financial planning, and tax laws.
Here are some of the skill sets and advice services that a CDFA can provide:
Many high-net-worth or ultra-high-net-worth individuals rely on a forensic accountant when they are going through divorce proceedings. In order to protect yourself from lawsuits, it is important to know how much money is at stake in any given case against you. Your accountant can help you determine the real value of your assets and liabilities.
When you use a forensic accountant, they can help identify important information that can facilitate the divorce process. They can help in uncovering hidden assets, along with full financial transparency of all assets and debt liabilities, both personal as well as business, if appropriate.
Additionally, they can provide income and asset valuations to start developing a plan for suggested child support income, along with many other valuable services for individuals who have accumulated a substantial amount of assets.
At ViaWealth, we believe that the assistance of a fiduciary financial advisor can be invaluable through this process—and beyond. Our independent financial professionals are trained to help you understand your options and then make optimal decisions based on your values.
Contact us today to schedule an investment portfolio review. Our comprehensive financial services include estate planning and diversification into alternative asset classes, as well.