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How should you budget money after divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 18, 2022 | Divorce |

Divorce can drastically alter your financial situation. A split from your spouse may mean less income, more responsibility and jeopardized assets.

Refiguring your budget can help you realign your goals. Taking control of your finances at the start of your divorce can prevent the negative repercussions of your split from permanently affecting you.

Watch your spending

After your divorce you might see an increase in several areas of your finances including the following:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Children’s education
  • Personal debt

Spending money on unnecessary things, especially during a split, can set you back and create stress. According to U.S. News, at the start of your divorce, keep detailed track of your expenses. Refrain from spending money on things like subscriptions, food delivery and cosmetic services, for example. Taking a conservative approach can help you get back on track and help you gauge a reasonable standard of living as you adjust to financial independence.

Learn about investing

There are numerous ways to build compound interest on the money you earn. Rather than rely solely on a savings account at your bank, consider other savings options. For example, you could use a CD account, open a 401k, or create a diversified investment portfolio. Getting to this point might take some time after a divorce, but the sooner you begin, the faster you can rebuild your retirement savings.

Keep detailed records of your assets and their values. Consider creating an estate plan where you can discuss the use of your assets. Doing this will protect you and those you love. Despite your divorce, you still have the opportunity to live a financially stable life. Proactive planning from the start will give you a leg up on achieving your goals for the future.