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You can take many steps to financially prepare for divorce

When you finally make the big decision to move forward with divorce, you'll be faced with more questions and challenges than you know what to do with.

For example, you'll want to turn your immediate attention to the steps you can take to financially prepare for divorce. The longer you wait to do this, the more challenges you will run into down the road.

Here are some of the many steps you can take to financially prepare for divorce:

  • Gather all the necessary financial records. This can include but is not limited to bank statements, pay stubs and information pertaining to your home.
  • Make a list of all your assets and debts. With this list in hand, it's much easier to feel confident about the property division process.
  • Take a look at your credit report. You want to know where things stand in regards to your credit, as this will impact your ability to receive a loan in the future.
  • Open your own accounts. Now that you are done using joint accounts, you need to open a few in your own name. This can include bank accounts, credit card accounts and retirement accounts among others.
  • List out your income and expenses. These details are important, as you need to know where things stand in regards to your budget.

As you can see, there are many financial steps to take once you know that you are going to divorce your spouse. If you do these things, you'll feel better about the future. By combining this approach with knowledge of the divorce process, your confidence will soar.

Source: Nerd Wallet, "6 Critical Steps to Prepare Your Finances for Divorce," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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