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The financial surprises of a divorce

Women in Arizona who are thinking about getting a divorce should be prepared for how the process can impact many aspects of their lives. They should be particularly aware of the unexpected financial issues that are likely to crop up.

How 2019 tax laws can have an impact on common divorce issues

As if going through a divorce may not be difficult enough for former Arizona couples, the change in tax laws starting Jan. 1, 2019, may make it even more difficult for former couples to move forward. The tax changes will have financial impacts on many divorce issues that are often sticking points, including alimony, ownership of the family home and custody of the children.

How keeping a home may help some who are divorcing

When people in Arizona get a divorce, it could lead to a reduction in their financial stability and that stretches into retirement. This may be particularly true for older adults who are already near retirement and who are getting divorced at much higher rates than in the past. A study by the Center for Retirement Research found that people who were divorced were 5 percent more likely to run out of assets. However, this did not appear to be true for divorced single women.

Estate planning during and after divorce

Divorcing couples in Arizona are required by law to keep some things the same as long as they are legally married. This may mean paying for an estranged spouse's health insurance and keeping them as the beneficiary on retirement accounts. However, there are a few things a spouse has the option to change while a divorce is still pending.

Financial security is a major concerns for divorcees

One of the unfortunate outcomes of an Arizona divorce is that one or both of the spouses may be less financially stable afterward. As a result, couples are increasingly looking for more financial security in the divorce process in addition to more collaborative solutions to property division.

Changing roles in marriage can cause divorce, study finds

Some marriages in Arizona may start with each person being on equal footing. Others may begin in a more traditional manner, where the husband is in charge of finances and earning money while the wife stays home with the children or has a job that pays less money. According to researchers in Sweden, if there is a change in the career trajectory of the wife in the latter scenario that leads to her earning as much or more money than her husband, that marriage could be more likely to end in divorce than one in which both people were equal from the start.

Making financial plans for a divorce

People in Arizona may want to make some financial preparations before they file for divorce. This may be particularly true if they are not very involved in the household finances. A first necessary step might be gathering as many financial documents as possible and making copies of them. If the divorce becomes acrimonious later, it might be difficult to get these from the other spouse.

Housework and divorce

Arizona couples who routinely argue over housework issues may be interested to know that such arguments can result in a divorce. This is according to a study conducted by Harvard Business School.

Common pitfalls to avoid when dividing a retirement account

Arizona couples who are getting a divorce might find themselves in conflict over a retirement account. According to a 2016 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, this is the second most common source of conflict in a divorce after alimony and just before business interests.


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