Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Important financial considerations during a Utah divorce

Utah residents who are in the midst of a failing marriage and are considering divorce will have a great deal to consider. These considerations go beyond the emotional turmoil and personal changes that are unavoidable at the end of a marriage. Understanding ancillary divorce legal issues and addressing them is a smart decision to protect oneself. This is key whether the proceeding is rife with dispute or the couple is on relatively good terms with an amicable split.

Assets are a factor in every divorce. Prior to moving forward, having an idea of how much is in various bank accounts, retirement packages, investments and other areas can help toward this end. Knowing what everything is worth from top to bottom will smooth the process. Additionally, having proof of the financial statements can avoid any unnecessary confusion. Documentation is what the court will look for; therefore, it is important to understand where these documents are located. Keeping track of these through electronic means is popular today, but that can cause issues if one spouse is not able to get access to this information. Hard copies should be acquired prior to the divorce.

Having a lot of cash on hand might not be the first thing on a person's mind while they are married, but if they are divorcing, liquid cash can be imperative. For example, if there is a joint bank account, opening an individual account is smart. In a particularly contentious divorce, there could be a disagreement as to who is entitled to what. Separating the finances can avoid this. Financial advice might be just as important during a divorce as is legal advice. Accountants, forensic accountants and financial advisors can be a substantial benefit to the process.

Having a grasp on the litany of divorce legal issues that are inevitable can make the difference between a positive resolution and extended trouble. For assistance, with a divorce regardless of the circumstances, a legal professional can provide advice and guidance in determining the wants and needs in a divorce agreement and set about to achieve them. This can also ensue that your rights and interests are protected in the process as well.

Source: Yahoo Finance, "How to keep from losing everything in a divorce, in 6 steps," Emmie Martin, Feb. 1, 2017

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