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Expert Help Now Can Avoid Costly Problems Later!

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Sometimes divorce can be so emotionally taxing that common sense and reason
are overtaken by raw emotion and reflexive action.  This can be extremely dangerous.  We could be putting ourselves, our children
and our finances, at risk of irreparable damage.

“Protect yourself.  Not every story has a hero.” ~ Annie

The Worst That Could Happen

“What’s the worst that could happen?” some might ask.  One misworded paragraph of a settlement statement and you could lose your child’s college fund.  One omitted account number and an ex gets all your savings.  One insurance policy not properly written, and your auto accident isn’t covered.  Not understanding potential tax consequences or pension plan requirements could leave you unable to support yourself after the divorce is final.   

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation…
I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ~ Jane Austen

Protect Yourself Now

Protecting yourself emotionally, physically, legally and financially should start long before the divorce process itself.  This is vital even if your divorce is amicable or collaborative.  Even when divorce is a joint decision, each party still needs to protect themselves so they can ensure their personal financial and emotional independence once the divorce process is final.   Even a peacefully mediated settlement agreement can cause irrevocable harm if it is poorly written or not properly executed.   

“The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the
moment you can change anything in your life.” ~ Hal Elrod

Take the Right Steps

The first step in protecting yourself could include meeting with a counselor or therapist, to mentally and emotionally support you through the process.  Meet with a financial expert, someone to help you find answers you may have not even known to ask.  Things like insurance policies, mortgage refinance, retirement plan divisions, debt implications and social security benefits often involve specific legal wording, pre-approval, separate court orders or more.  Without professional expertise even a well-meaning, amicable couple could end up in court trying to enforce or modify a situation that could have been avoided altogether with proper professional guidance from the start. 

Don’t leave it to chance.  Educate
yourself.  Surround yourself with the
right divorce professionals.  This
month’s expert articles will help get you started. 

Protect yourself through every step of the divorce process and you will be able to get through it with courage and confidence, knowing that your needs and those of your family will have been met both now, and for the next chapter of your life.   

Expert Articles

Protecting Yourself & Your Finances During Divorce
By: Angie Rehkop, ChFC®, CFP®

Policies to Protect You During Divorce
Christine Mccullock, Insurance Specialist

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