Think long-term financial goals when dividing marital assets

Going through divorce, many couples may just want to get it over with and could end up settling with an agreement that, in the long-run, isn't the best for them. Numerous couples may assume that divorce is a finite event. However, in truth, the consequences of divorce can be felt for a lifetime, particularly pertaining to finances. This is why Utah couples may want to carefully consider future financial goals before dividing marital assets.

Obviously, not all assets have significant financial value, but those that do should not be given away without serious thought. Some spouses may have specific ideas in mind for how they think the marital property should be divided. However, this mindset isn't always productive. Keeping the focus on post divorce finances can help spouses achieve a settlement that sets them up for future financial success.

The division of marital assets can be handled in a few different ways, including litigation, mediation, collaborative divorce services and direct negotiation. No matter which way is chosen, every divorce eventually gets resolved. As every couple's circumstances are different, having so many options for seeking solutions to divorce will help in coming to terms that serve the best interest of both parties.

While divorce can be emotionally traumatizing for Utah couples, which make it difficult to keep long-term goals in mind, creating clear objectives for the future can help in achieving a fair settlement. With so much at stake, having an understanding of both legal and financial matters tied to divorce can certainly prove beneficial in forming a plan for dividing marital assets. No matter how a divorce is finalized, getting finances in order and having a plan will undoubtedly help in moving forward in the next phase of life.

Source: marketwatch.com, "Divorce isn't just about the money grab", Larry Stein, July 28, 2014

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