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Divorce involving a closely held business can be complicated

Divorcing couples in Pennsylvania are called on to perform the arduous task of valuing and dividing marital assets. Appraisals must often be performed, value statements for retirement accounts must be obtained, tax records must be reviewed ,and blue book values must be consulted for vehicles.

Nasty financial issues often surprise divorcing women

According to a recent online marketplace survey by Worthy, 46 percent of divorced or soon-to-be divorced women face financial surprises during the separation process. Ex-wives in Pennsylvania may be taken aback by certain circumstances, including the need to go back to work, the high cost of health insurance and the price of the divorce itself.

Retirement plans for divorced single women

Pennsylvania households that go through divorce face greater difficulty amassing retirement wealth. According to the Center for Retirement Research, households with couples who remain married have about 30 percent more net wealth than their divorced counterparts. They also have a 5 percent greater risk of running out of assets. However, there is one big exception to this phenomenon: single women.

How to manage college costs during a divorce

Couples in Pennsylvania are finding that divorce can have a devastating impact on a family's finances. Since divorce is prevalent, all people are encouraged to consider every aspect of their finances when in the process of a divorce or dispute. This is especially important because the household's finances become divided into two separate homes. One of the most important considerations is how the student's financial plans will be handled in the event of a devastating divorce.

Protecting family wealth with a prenuptial agreement

Some Pennsylvania residents who are preparing to tie the knot may not have considered getting a prenuptial agreement. However, those who are bringing assets into a marriage may wish to consider a prenuptial agreement to protect those assets in the event of a divorce.

Women who avoid financial involvement often surprised in divorce

A report from a large wealth management firm has revealed that married women still tend to fall into traditional gender roles when it comes to long-term financial decisions and investing. Among married women, 56 percent reported leaving most financial affairs to their husbands. A chief strategy officer at the company called the hands-off approach financial abdication. When women stayed out of the loop about their marital finances, spousal death or divorce frequently involved financial surprises. Older Pennsylvania couples headed toward divorce may want to keep this in mind.

Why couples choose mediation

Pennsylvania residents who are getting divorced may be able to end their marriage with a negotiated settlement. Divorce mediation may be an alternative to litigation for those who want to come to an agreement through communication and understanding. The goal of mediation is to work with a neutral party to create an agreement that is fair and that adheres to state law. In many cases, mediation can be less expensive and take less time to complete compared to a lawsuit.

Divorce and the division of retirement accounts

For many Pennsylvania couples going through divorce, it's necessary to split retirement accounts. Taking an early distribution from a retirement account usually results in having to pay taxes and penalties. In the event of a divorce, however, this can be avoided if the couple completes the proper paperwork and handles the distribution correctly.

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