What is Divorce Financial Planning?

Divorce financial planners can explain financial options, help set priorities and lead clients through the hard choices ahead.

Planning for the future is an essential part of every divorce settlement. Separating or divorcing couples often face a major financial transformation. The bottom line is that two households must now survive on the same dollars formerly supporting one. Typically, if financial planning takes place at all, it’s after the divorce, when financial planners help individuals take stock of their finances and move forward.

Divorce financial planning, however, takes place at the start of the process when individuals first choose to go their separate ways. With early entry into the process, divorce financial planners can provide the comprehensive and accurate financial information necessary to reach a workable agreement. Uniquely qualified to make long-term financial projections, divorce financial planners integrate the methodology of financial planning directly into the divorce process.

Since settlements are in large part financial, divorce financial planners can explain options, help set priorities and lead a client through the hard choices ahead. Often, the financial data on which settlements are based is unreliable, which can lead to future problems for one or both parties. Divorce financial planning increases the accuracy of financial information so that both parties achieve workable settlements quicker and accept realistic lifestyle changes when necessary. Settlements achieved with the help of a financial planner are less prone to problem or error.

Learn more about divorce financial planning. Listen to ADFP executive vice president Carl Palatnik's interview with Larry Pugliese of Raymond James.