How To Plan Your Divorce Financing

By Joseph Baker

When couples are ending a marriage, most western countries do not allow lawyers to represent their clients for a share of the settlement they will secure. It is often feared that such a process can result in nastier divorces. The same rules, however, do not apply to financiers. This is why it is important to consider your divorce financing options before getting to the process.

When people are talking about marriage annulment and finances, they are typically discussing dividing the property, child support, and alimony. Nonetheless, there is another issue touching on finances that mostly gets overlooked. It is important to figure out how to meet expenses for the attorney, plus filing costs relating to your case. This is particularly when barely making ends meet. Sometimes most of the assets are tied to the annulment process.

It should be noted that not all divorces are alarming in terms of financial requirements. Some people have gone through super cheap divorces that only cost a few hundreds of dollars. Some do not even need lawyers for such a process. It becomes a do it yourself marriage annulment. But in situations where the process costs thousands of dollars, you want to have a financial alternative in advance.

When spouses are informed about what it entails getting to trial, they will try their best to reach an agreement. With an agreement, the process becomes uncontested and is less expensive. But the moment both spouses have contentious issues, the case has a potential of dragging on. The more it drags, the more it will cost in terms of attorney fees. Agreeing on contentious issues will save costs.

It is, however, not all partners who agree on the issues of contention. This means having the case heard by a jury while the partners get attorneys to present their issues. It is at this point that determining the next big move will be crucial. In most cases, traditional means to finance the case are never sufficient. Consider blending in some of the non-traditional finance options.

When looking at traditional options, the only choice would be going to your regular savings account and get cash to pay for lawyer fees plus other costs related to the annulment in court. Even in the face of a well deposited checking account, it will not be useful since the court is likely to have issued temporary restraining orders from accessing or using those joint assets.

More attorneys are starting to accept credit card payments these days. However, this is not the wisest financial option for couples. To begin with, credit card payments attract very high-interest rates. This will just help to make the annulment more expensive. As if that is not enough, most of the financial experts will tell you to pay your credit card debt prior to filing for separation of marriage.

You can also use money from retirement accounts to pay for the marriage annulment. Financial experts are also against this choice since withdrawing the cash attracts regular taxes from relevant authorities. This is beside losing that money upon reaching retirement age.

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