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Steps that can help protect pocketbook during and after divorce

Divorce can put financial pressure on a person in Illinois in addition to taking the individual on an emotional rollercoaster. This can easily happen no matter how long the person has been married or how many assets have to be divided during the divorce. A couple of tips may help people to safeguard their pocketbooks during and after divorce.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when going through divorce is failing to budget. Without creating a specific budget, a person can easily lose track of his or her expenses. A budget can help a person to avoid overestimating and underestimating his or her expenses, especially when these expenses include costs such as child support or court costs.

It may also be wise to avoid keeping the family home when dealing with property division during divorce. This is because it is easy to determine the values of some assets, such as bank accounts. However, valuing a house can be more challenging, as a person might not be able to get as much out of the house as expected when it comes to liquidating this asset.

The decisions that people in Illinois make while going through divorce will affect how financially well off they are after the divorce. This decisions can especially impact their retirement plans the closer they are to their golden years. An applied understanding of the law may help divorcing individuals in Illinois to make expedient decisions about how to split their assets and property in a manner that will help them financially in the long run.

Source:, "How Not to Get Financially Blindsided By Divorce", Zephyr Hill, July 12, 2016

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