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Advisors: Help Your Clients Think About These Things When Getting Divorced


Written by: By Robert D. Bordett, CFP®, CDFA®

Divorce, in part because people don’t realize there are certain contracts that take precedence over divorce decrees.

In fact, that’s the number one misconception that people seem to have. Being able to identify financial issues can help take away some of the pitfalls and stresses that can arise during the divorce process

Advisors, we suggest you help clients evaluate post-divorce cash flow and put together a detailed spending plan.

When Clients are Divorcing, Consider the Following:

  • Investment portfolio. Your risk tolerance may have changed.
  • Insurance coverage. Check on the amount you have for life, long-term care, and disability insurance. Also check to see who the owner and beneficiary are of the life insurance policy.
  • Charitable planning. Do existing charitable trusts still match your goals?
  • Estate plan. Make sure your Will, Trusts, and Guardian information is current.
  • College planning. Cover the bases for all minor children.
  • Power of attorney (Durable Power, Health Care, Living will, HIPAA Authorization, etc). Consider who you want in this role.
  • Retirement and gifting plans.

Related: 9 Keys to Help You Manage Post-Divorce Finances

Related: 10 Tax Tips for Women Going Through Divorce

It’s important to remember that a divorce decree does not take precedence over legal documents such as IRAs, Qualified Retirement Plan (401K, Profit Sharing, etc, that need a QDRO) Annuities, and Life Insurance.

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