Women’s Divorce Blog

Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Good news and bad news from the state of Arizona

The state of Arizona recently created what you might call an “online alimony calculator.” There are two good things about this.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

A woman on your side

It’s not fashionable to talk about gender differences these days, but 1) they exist, and 2) I’m going to talk about them.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Two years to sanity

It typically takes about two years to get over the death of a loved one. A divorce is similar. Whether you’d initiated the proceedings or were completely blind-sided, divorce marks the death of the marriage.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Will my ex- get the money I inherited?

Money that you—or he—inherit is automatically classified as “separate” property. So is money that’s awarded to you from a lawsuit. So what’s yours is yours, and what’s his is his. Simple, right? Nope.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

“Can you take all these numbers off my plate for me?”

Divorcing women typically approach me with what you might call the Three Big Questions: What do we have? What do we owe? How much will I get?

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Divorce is just the beginning…

Well, that certainly sounds ominous, doesn’t it? “Divorce is just the beginning.” Of what? Something better? Something worse? It could, actually be either. It’s a choice. And it’s up to you.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

“What do you charge to handle my divorce?”

What do I charge for my services to help you navigate the financial side of divorce? How much will it cost you to get a pro?

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

“But the bank account is in his name!”

But the bank account is in his name! I hear this from divorcing women all the time, who feel not only powerless, but penniless. Good news: The mere title of the account means nothing in the eyes of Arizona divorce law. His name might be atop the bank account. But if you were married, it’s community property. Half of that is yours.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

Plan for peace of mind

Plan for peace of mind: Because “what you can afford” needs to be defined. And defining it means “creating a plan.” Which is why the financial plan that I create with you is not carved in stone. We’ll revisit it, and update it, regularly, especially when you reach various financial milestones in your life. Don’t hope-and-pray.

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Is retirement possible, post-divorce?

What are your options for stock options?

Executive compensation is complicated. When you’re divorcing from a man who’s been an executive, and is compensated accordingly, you really need a financial pro on your side. That would be me.

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