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Divorce financial matters can be complex

After two people have shared everything in life, from a house to a car, getting divorced and splitting up their property can be complicated. This is particularly the case if the two individuals cannot agree on how to split their assets in Illinois. A couple of tips may help individuals effectively navigate the divorce process when addressing financial matters.

First, it is critical to separate one's credit from that of one's soon-to-be-ex. If it is allowed by the divorce decree, it may be beneficial to individually refinance or split joint accounts. These include credit cards, mortgages and car loans. If it is not possible to refinance separately, it might be best to simply sell the asset.

This is important because if a former spouse does not make payments on time, the other spouse's credit score may suffer. If a divorce proceeding involves kids, the court might award child support. It may also award spousal maintenance. Establishing a life insurance policy may help to make sure that these and other financial obligations following divorce are paid if one's spouse ends up dying while he or she still has an obligation to pay.

In order for people to experience the greatest level of success during divorce, it is critical that they understand their rights. An applied understanding of the law may help individuals in Illinois negotiate how their assets and debts will be divided as well as tackle other financial matters. If they cannot see eye-to-eye on these areas, a divorce court will have to get involved in their affairs.

Source: Forbes, "USAAVoice: Divorcing? 6 Ways To Keep Your Financial Footing", July 29, 2015

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