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Protecting your investments during a divorce

February 1, 2022 | Asset Division, Firm News

Throughout your marriage, you have had the opportunity of combining resources to accumulate your assets. With consistent effort over the course of your relationship, you and your spouse have acquired notable wealth.

One of the biggest challenges of a divorce is the process of separating shared assets. Even in a fairly even settlement, the value of your investment portfolio will drop substantially.

Beware of ramifications

Not all investment accounts allow you to transfer or liquidate accruals without a penalty. According to The Motley Fool, depending on the type of investment account, you may need to handle your portion of the settlement differently. Precariously moving money around, withdrawing funds or liquidating assets may result in costly consequences. In these types of situations, you may end up losing more money than you already did after divorce.

As you prepare to address your portion of the divorce settlement, make sure you have a clear understanding of your obligations for each investment you own. Ask what your options are for rolling your settlement into a personal account.

Update your beneficiaries

Even after a successful separation of investments, you could lose money if you do not update your beneficiaries. Your divorce may have impacted other relationships and created a need for modification. Carefully review any investments you have maintained ownership of. Assess whether or not you need to make changes to ensure that your money stays in your family.

Even though your divorce may disrupt your investments, careful strategizing can help you maintain control over your settlement. With your proactive approach, you can minimize the repercussions of your split on your financial future.

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