Divorce is tough enough without having to worry about the financial burden that comes along with it. Unfortunately, divorce will disrupt your finances – that part is unavoidable. Suddenly your incomes are being divvied up to pay for two sets of bills, rather than one. Fox Business writes that financial problems can ensue because your income hasn’t changed, yet you’re now paying for two of everything. But, there are proactive things you can do to help make the process a little less painful. Have a plan and make sure you’re financially organized – you can’t get your finances on track if you’re not sure what’s going on with them. Take a look at these seven ways you can manage your finances through a divorce.
1. Meet with an adviser
This is something you can do before the separation process even begins, if you feel as though your marriage is headed toward divorce. Get an idea of what your tax returns and monthly bills are, and begin preparations by setting aside some emergency cash to have through the separation. “And make it a priority to seek professional financial help. It’s most ideal to meet with a financial adviser before or at least during the divorce process rather than after the divorce is finalized,” according to USA Today.