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Understand how retirement can be affected by divorce

When someone decides to end a marriage in Texas or in other locations around the country, how retirement will be affected is likely not the first issue that comes to mind. However, it is definitely a topic that needs to be addressed, according to a financial services website. In fact, roughly a quarter of baby boomers believe that their divorce will have a negative impact on their retirement and force them to stay in the workforce longer. Experts stress the importance of considering the potential impact on retirement plans now and taking action sooner rather than later.

Typically, a person's retirement account will be split between the two ex-spouses. The manner in which the accounts will be divided is determined by local and state laws. Some states use equitable distribution to determine how assets are divided. Others, like Texas, are considered to be community property states.

A prenuptial agreement is a method that can be used to better protect someone's retirement saving. In the agreement, it will be determined what percentage of the retirement accounts each person gets. Without a pre-nup in a community property state, any assets put into retirement accounts after marriage would be split equally in a divorce.

When an individual has a good understanding of how retirement funds will be affected following a divorce, it is advisable to develop a new plan to save for retirement. New income levels and savings goals need to be considered in the new plan. The changes may require some to adjust their expectations for retirement or to even defer their retirement for a few years.

How an individual's retirement accounts may be affected in a divorce is just one factor to consider when a marriage ends. There are many potential complications in the divorce process, so it would be wise to seek the guidance of a knowledgeable Texas divorce lawyer. An experienced attorney will work on behalf of clients to protect their interests and seek the best outcome possible for them in the process.

Source: host.madison.com, "Can Divorce Destroy Your Retirement?", Wendy Connick, Oct. 13, 2017

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