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When people go through a divorce, the financial pendulum usually swings one way or the other. For some in California, they may walk away from the marriage financially strapped. Others might actually gain more wealth and thus have more to manage. Financial planning is paramount in either case, as it may help a person to make the most of his or her monetary situation following divorce.

During a divorce, it helps to create an inventory of everything one owns. While conducting an inventory one’s assets, it is critical to differentiate jointly owned and separately owned assets. People will also have to decide what they’d like to keep and what they are okay with parting with. Developing an asset inventory unfortunately might be more challenging for those who weren't the spouses who were paying the household bills regularly.

In addition, it is essential to know one’s expenses and income following a divorce. By engaging in financial planning, people will be more aware of how much disposable income they have each month and ensure that they can protect themselves and their families going forward. It’s also wise to ensure that one can pay debts on all assets that he or she keeps.

Divorce can be an overwhelming event for individuals in California, as it can have both emotional and financial impacts. If the two divorcing individuals can work out their issues at the negotiation table, they increase their likelihood of achieving the divorce settlement they desire. A judge will otherwise make important financial decisions for them during their split-up.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Sudden Wealth From a Divorce?", David A. Dedman, Aug. 21, 2014

Source: The Huffington Post, "Sudden Wealth From a Divorce?", David A. Dedman, Aug. 21, 2014

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