What should you think about before signing a divorce decree?

No divorce is perfect, and no divorce is without its complications. You have to sever ties with your spouse, and that might also mean losing friends or alienating family members. Despite all that, you must continue and work toward dividing your assets. This helps secure your financial future.

There are several things you can do to go through the divorce process more easily. For example, reviewing your expenses and financial obligations is helpful. Before you ever sign a divorce decree, make sure you know how much money you have, will have and need to be secure. Know your income sources and calculate your new expenses. Although you may have had a budget before, you need to recalculate how much everything costs when you live on your own.

Another thing that can help you is if you start thinking about your career path. If you stayed home and didn't work while you were married, it's time to start considering where you'll work and what career you want to have. You need to think about the long-term goals you have for your career early on. On top of that, you need to have an idea of whether or not you need to go through continued education, because alimony could help you cover some of those expenses.

Finally, think about your family home. Both of you may want it, or perhaps neither of you does. Houses cost a lot of money to maintain, especially for a single person. Consider selling or downsizing to save yourself the financial headache. Once you and your spouse work out what you want out of your marriage, your attorneys can help you negotiate a settlement for divorce.

Source: Entrepreneur, "5 Essential Tips for Financial Planning After Divorce," Andrea Murad, accessed March 24, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • The Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest represents individuals in Fort Lauderdale in high-asset divorce matters. Daniel Forrest is board-certified family lawyer and mediator serving the South Florida area.
  • The Florida Bar - Board Certified | Marital & Family Law
  • AV(R) Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell(R) Lawyer Ratings
  • Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars Daniel Forrest | SuperLawyers.com
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Family

Learn More About Your Legal Options

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Suite 1090
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Toll Free: 800-642-8160
Phone: 954-800-5000
Fax: 954-252-4095
Map & Directions