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The divorce is final. Now what?

April 17, 2019

Written by Mary Ann Ferreira, CFP®, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, and Viridan Shareholder. The original article is published on MarketWatch. To read the full article, click here.

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The plan you never want to make: How to prepare for a divorce

July 16, 2018

Written by Mary Ann Ferreira, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF® Original article posted on Market Watch Here.

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Why divorcing over 50 can be especially awful

January 7, 2018
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Written by Mary Ann Ferreira, CFP®, CDFA™, AIF® Original article posted on Market Watch Here

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Divorce and Estate Planning

November 6, 2017

How does divorce affect estate planning? Wills for both spouses are often drawn up sometime during the marriage–particularly if there are children involved. When divorce is contemplated, the selection of beneficiaries and executors will likely be revised to reflect the absence of your former spouse. Additionally, you will need to re-examine the gift and estate…

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How Women Are Different from Men, Financially Speaking

September 11, 2017
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We all know men and women are different in some fundamental ways. But is this true when it comes to financial planning? In a word, yes. In the financial world, women often find themselves in very different circumstances than their male counterparts. Everyone wants financial security. Yet women often face financial headwinds that can affect…

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Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

March 13, 2017

What is a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO)? A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is a court judgment, decree, or order establishing the marital property rights of a spouse, former spouse, child, or dependent of a pension plan participant with respect to certain qualified retirement plans. Several requirements and restrictions apply. To what extent are…

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Dealing with Divorce

August 7, 2015

Divorce can be a lengthy process that may strain your finances and leave you feeling out of control. But with the right preparation, you can protect your interests, take charge of your future, and save yourself time and money. You certainly never expected divorce when you cut the wedding cake–you and your spouse planned on…

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Alimony: Tax Planning

September 25, 2014

What is alimony? Generally, alimony is a support payment made to a former (or separated) spouse under a divorce decree (or separation instrument) in an attempt to maintain the predivorce lifestyle. Alimony is determined by state law and is sometimes called maintenance. It is based on one party’s need and the other party’s ability to…

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Are You Sabotaging Your Finances With Your Spouse?

June 11, 2012
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This is a repost of a great article I read this morning.  It is extremely relevant in this day of underwater mortgages and the thought still of, “keeping up with the Jonses.” How Couples Sabotage Their Finances  Simple principles still apply here: Spend less than you make Have a shared financial budget Save in tax…

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The Impact of a Divorce on Your Finances

November 17, 2010
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Divorce can extract a heavy price — both emotionally and financially. Protecting your financial health during a divorce is crucial. If you and your spouse are headed toward a split, be sure to learn about the laws that shape divorce proceedings and the impact they can have on your assets. Dividing the Assets Typically, everything…

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