4 steps to financially prepare for divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce is a significant life event that brings about various challenges.

Financial preparedness is important for navigating this transition smoothly.

1. Understand your financial situation

Before embarking on the divorce journey, it is important to have a clear understanding of your current financial situation. Take stock of your assets, liabilities and income. Create a detailed budget that outlines your monthly expenses. This knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions during the divorce process.

2. Build an emergency fund

Divorce often brings unforeseen expenses, and having a financial safety net can provide much-needed stability. Start building an emergency fund by setting aside a portion of your income regularly. Aim to accumulate at least three to six months’ worth of living expenses. This fund can serve as a cushion during the transitional period.

3. Establish individual credit

In many marriages, financial accounts are joint, making it challenging to establish individual credit. Begin the process of building your credit by opening personal accounts in your name. This includes credit cards, bank accounts and other financial instruments. A solid credit history will not only contribute to your financial independence but also facilitate smoother transitions as you navigate post-divorce life.

4. Plan for post-divorce expenses

Anticipate the financial changes that divorce may bring to your life. Consider factors such as housing costs, allocation of parental responsibilities and potential spousal support. Having a clear plan for managing post-divorce expenses will enable you to make informed decisions about your financial future.

Even with a low rate of 1.3 divorces per 1,000 population, Illinois still has its fair share of couples separating. While a challenging process, staying on top of finances can help lay the groundwork for a stable future.