Money is one of main concerns in a California divorce, as is what will happen to valuable assets, such as the family home. Even when both parties are resolved to remain amicable and work together for a fair and reasonable settlement, money and the division of marital property can be a difficult issue to address. There are steps a spouse will want to take to protect his or her financial interests for the future.
The end of a marriage will have an impact on finances, even for the wealthiest couples. It may necessitate adjustments in lifestyle or retirement plans, which is why it is crucial to keep a long-term focus when negotiating a settlement. One step that will be helpful in this effort is to gather important financial documents, organize them and keep them in one place. It is also useful to make a list of all important and valuable assets.
Another step to protecting financial security is to close joint accounts, track spending and make a budget. Refrain from making any decisions or agreeing to any terms before discussing them with an experienced attorney. Consider carefully the long-term impact and potential negative implications of any choices, such as what to do with the family home.
The decisions made during a divorce will affect a California spouse for years to come. It is prudent to make decisions that lay the groundwork for a strong future and continued stability. It may help to discuss individual concerns regarding personal financial interests with a legal professional before moving forward or agreeing to a settlement.