Getting Divorced? Build Your Team Of Experts
When you are getting a divorce or separating from your partner, there are numerous personal and financial decisions to make. Divorce is also a highly emotional process, especially if you have children. Building the right team of experts to advise you as you proceed will be instrumental to the success of your post-divorce life.
Following are some of the professionals you may want to make part of your team:
Divorce Attorney – An experienced divorce attorney will provide sound advice on the particulars of your situation. How much are you likely to receive from your marital property assets? What would child support payments or spousal support look like? Depending on who you choose to work with, your attorney can mediate your divorce, or litigate your divorce settlement. Your attorney can also develop your child custody parenting plan. You’ll want to make sure that your attorney has recently worked with others in your situation, since divorce laws change over time.
Certified Financial Planner – A CFP can help you understand your current financial picture, as well as create a realistic budget for your post-divorce life. They can also help you manage your finances, including your investments, planning for retirement and your children’s educational needs.
Estate Planning Attorney – You will need to change your estate planning documents to reflect your post-separation reality. Oftentimes, individuals leave their ex-spouse or ex-partner as their power of attorney for healthcare, medical power of attorney or beneficiary on their accounts, long after their divorce is final. Your estate planning attorney can help you assess what needs to be changed, and draft the appropriate documents.
A Marriage and Family Therapist – You are probably going through emotional trauma at this time, and if you have children, they are as well. Family relationships may be strained, due to an unsure future and even parental blame for the breakup. A marriage and family therapist can help you and your children process your feelings and be better able accept the dramatic changes in your lives. A therapist can meet with you by yourself, you and your children together, or your children without you, depending on your family’s needs.
School Counselors – If you have children, it will be extremely important to make their school counselors, teachers and perhaps others aware of your situation. With that knowledge, everyone will be better able to support your children through this emotional time.
Getting the right team of professionals in place before your divorce or separation will help you move positively through the situation and forward with the rest of your lives.
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