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Dividing 401(k) plans in divorce requires accuracy

When California couples reach the end of their marriages, dealing with the financial fallout can be some of the most complex and contentious concerns that come with the divorce. In many cases, one or both parties in the divorce may have significant retirement funds, which are frequently some of the largest and most important assets at stake, especially given the importance of these accounts for both spouses' financial futures and security.

Early planning saves divorce headaches

California couples headed for the altar may think divorce planning is bad luck, but putting structures in place to protect finances in the event of a marital breakup can also protect them in other ways. Between added protections to protect against unexpected contingencies and the simple truth that a large percentage of marriages end in divorce, it pays to plan for the worst while working toward the best in romance.

Behaviors that lead to divorce

Couples living in California may experience marital problems from time to time. While this is not unusual, long-standing attitudes and patterns of behavior can eventually take their toll on a marriage. If these actions and attitudes are not addressed, a couple may subsequently divorce.

Tips for managing finances after divorce

Some people in California may find that divorce introduces a number of financial challenges. In addition to having their assets and income cut in half or less, some people may find themselves responsible for their ex-spouse's legal bills or other expenses. Therefore, it is important for people to have a plan for getting their financial lives in order after a divorce.

Negotiating a divorce settlement

When a California couple decides to divorce, they do not necessarily have to turn to litigation to get a decision on property division or child custody. They may be able to negotiate these issues themselves. However, careful preparation can help them make better decisions during this process.

Divorce and its effect on a credit rating

Some former spouses in California may find that divorce can impact credit scores. There are many different ways this can happen. For example, if one spouse buys out the other's stake in the family home, they may need to refinance. This can leave a person with a great deal of debt.

Preparing for a new year by filing for divorce

In California and elsewhere, statistics show that many people start off the New Year by filing for divorce. According to a poll, it is estimated that one in five couples begin to consider getting a divorce once all of the winter holidays are out of the way. Studies also show that the actual divorce rates peak in March and August, potentially due to the fact that a failed winter holiday or lackluster summer vacation could be the final nail in the coffin for a marriage.

Reasons for divorce

There are a number of common reasons that people in California might get a divorce. Infidelity is one reason although this does not always lead to the end of a relationship. Abusing alcohol or drugs is another reason.

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