Untangling Your Finances When You Divorce: Don’t Forget These Important Details

Whose name is on the title to the house? Is the person paying child support covered by a life insurance policy? Have you changed your tax withholding now that you won’t be filing as married? These are all important but often forgotten details.

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Divorce is an emotional time for everyone involved, but neglecting diligent follow up can impact your finances. There are several areas that can easily be overlooked when you are constantly having disagreements, child custody battles and alimony issues. Whether it is the husband or wife who has been in charge of the finances, it is important for both spouses to get familiar with their planning.

Let’s break up the task of untangling years of intermingled finances into three parts.

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Roxanne Alexander, CFP®, CAIA, AIF®, ADPA®
Senior Financial Adviser, Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management

Roxanne Alexander is a senior financial adviser with Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial handling client analysis on investments, insurance, annuities, college planning and developing investment policies. Prior to this, she was a senior vice president at Evensky & Katz working with both individual and institutional clients. She has a bachelor’s in accounting and business management from the University of the West Indies, she received an MBA at the University of Miami in finance and investments.