Don’t let divorce stop you from planning for retirement

As you move through the divorce process, it’ll often feel like you think about nothing else. This can cause you to overlook a variety of important aspects of your financial and personal lives.

Even though divorce will impact your financial circumstances in many ways, you can’t use it as an excuse for not reaching your goals. For example, divorce shouldn’t stop you from planning for retirement.

During the divorce process, pay close attention to retirement assets and your options for division. Ignoring this with the idea that you’ll figure it out later in life is a big mistake.

Here are three things you can do during and after divorce to ensure that you’re still on track to retire when you desire:

  • Fight for your rights: If you have legal rights to joint retirement savings, don’t give in and hope for the best. For example, you may be tempted to let your ex-spouse have all the retirement money in exchange for other assets. It sounds like a good trade-off now, but this won’t be the case later in life.
  • Get your budget in order: Saving for retirement is not always easy after divorce, as your financial situation has changed. Once you better understand your income and expenses, it’s easier to calculate how much money you can save each month in retirement.
  • Invest wisely: Divorce shouldn’t stop you from retirement planning in the future. Take the assets that are owed to you and move on with your life. You may have to work longer than expected to catch up on your retirement savings, but with the right plan in mind you can still reach your goals.

It’s painful to go through the divorce process, but you can’t let it drag you down for the rest of your life. If you ignore your finances during divorce, you’ll come to regret it later in life.

As you learn more about your legal rights in New Jersey, you’ll better understand how to protect yourself and the steps you can take to secure as many retirement assets as possible

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