Couples often take on routine responsibilities when they are married. It
might be somewhat out of convenience, one spouse prefers one chore over
another or maybe it is just that one spouse is just really good at bouncing
checks and the other is more financially responsible.
Whatever the case may be, it is important that when you seek a divorce
you take your own finances by the rein. Sometimes people seeking a
divorce in New York do so without looking at how their financial life will be
after the divorce. This doesn't mean someone shouldn't get divorced,
it just means they should prepare for it.
Gaining control of your own finances is important. At least understanding
how to manage your finances, balance a checkbook and understanding some
basics about how your retirement funds work might be a good place to start.
It would also be smart to make an inventory of your financial assets before
you file for a divorce, so they don't disappear into one of your spouse's
separate accounts once you tell them about the divorce.
If you aren't good at ironing, or cleaning the bathroom, you can learn
those things after the split. Financial independence or the ability to
at least act financially independent is one of the most important things
to consider when contemplating a divorce.
A divorce attorney should be able to advise you on when the best time to
file for divorce is, and prepare you for things you may not have thought
of. Many divorce attorneys see many different types of cases and can help
you with your unique situation.
Source: Huffington Post, "How Many Divorcees Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?," Mara Shapshay, Jan. 17, 2012