You need both because divorce financial planners are not experts in the law and divorce attorneys / lawyers are not experts in divorce financial planning. We provide you and your attorney / lawyer with the best possible information about your financial needs - now and in the future - so your attorney / lawyer can negotiate the best possible settlement for you.
The legal elements of your divorce are the responsibility of your attorney / lawyer. The financial aspects of divorce are your responsibility. You will need to create a list of your living expenses and gather the financial statements / information. If you are emotionally traumatized by the divorce you are probably not thinking clearly. If you underestimate your expenses and ask for too little alimony or agree to pay an amount that you cannot afford, then what will you do?
“When my divorce clients work with Arons & Associates, I’m confident they're prepared to make informed financial choices. I consistently receive very positive feedback regading Sandy’s divorce financial planning services, and am glad to have Arons & Associates as a resource.”
Jan Walden, Attorney — Nashville, Tennessee
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Divorce forces you to make critical financial decisions at a time when you may be least able to make these decisions. Financial mistakes made during this stressful time will affect you and your children for the rest of your lives. Your future is at risk if you do not know if a potential settlement is really “fair”.
We help our clients create complete and realistic monthly budgets for their attorneys / lawyers to use when advocating for their clients.
Attorneys / lawyers use your living expenses, financial information / statements, tax returns and debts to justify alimony, child support and property settlements. Paying your attorney / lawyer to collect this financial data is very costly. Doing it yourself is risky because in your emotional state, you might forget expenses, underestimate assets and / or be unaware of potential taxes.
Arons & Associates organizes your financial information, analyzes it and distills the data into a series of reports which provide critical information so you and your TN attorney / lawyer can understand the big picture and relevant details like:
...we will tell you the answers to these and many other questions.
- Is the proposed division of assets really 50-50 after taxes?
- Can you afford to pay the requested alimony?
- Will you need to go back to work?
Using our firm should actually lower the total cost of your divorce. That’s because our rates are less than most attorneys' / lawyers' hourly fees. And, unlike divorcing spouses who try to collect and analyze the data themselves, this is our specialty.
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Too often, divorce settlements that seemed to be fair turn out to be less than equitable after the divorce is over (refer to our case study). We help you understand the short- and long-term financial impacts and tax burdens of the settlement packages you are considering. Relying solely on the advice of your attorney / lawyer, without including the aid of a divorce financial planner, could result in costly blunders.
The true cost of divorce includes not only attorney / lawyer fees but also possibly thousands of dollars you may unintentionally give your soon-to-be ex-spouse, or the IRS. If Arons & Associates helps you obtain even a modest increase in after-divorce income, you will recover what you paid for our services many times over.
“Financial mistakes made during this stressful time will affect you and your children for the rest of your lives.”
June Sweet, divorcee — Boca Raton, Florida
Think of achieving a financially smart divorce like climbing a mountain. Both tasks require thorough preparation and they rely on guidance from experts. Our expertise is in helping divorce clients understand the numbers so they can secure their future and their children’s future. Don’t just get a TN divorce. Get a financially smart TN divorce. Call us at (615) 376-8204 if you'd like to learn more about how we can help you deal with your unique divorce circumstances.
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10 Common Divorce Money Mistakes In Tennessee
TN Divorce Mistake #1:
Underestimating your expenses
You should make a complete list of your monthly living expenses, which includes cost-of-living increases for the duration of alimony (paid or received). Each year the costs for utilities, groceries, lawn care, health, and home insurance increase. If you don’t consider cost-of-living increases, your alimony probably won’t cover your expenses after the first year of divorce. If you are paying alimony, you need to know your correct expenses or you may agree to alimony that you cannot afford.
TN Divorce Mistake #2:
Assuming your attorney / lawyer will handle everything
Attorneys / lawyers are trained to handle the legal issues. Even the best Nashville divorce attorneys / lawyers are not certified divorce financial planners and were not trained to perform financial analysis. Our firm works with your attorney / lawyer or mediator to provide the back-up calculations to support your alimony request or support why your spouse’s alimony request is not reasonable.
TN Divorce Mistake #3:
Not correctly utilizing experts
Many people make the mistake of confusing the expertise of the professionals with whom they work. Your attorney / lawyer is the best resource for legal advice and understanding TN divorce laws. A financial professional can help with financial advice, calculations, budgets and tax issues etc. But, for emotional challenges presented by this life change, your therapist is the one with the tools to assist you. Make sure that whoever’s clock is ticking is the professional whose skills can be most advantageous to you at that point. Your result will be both better and more cost-effective divorce advice.
TN Divorce Mistake #4:
Not taking tax deductions
Did you know that divorce attorney's / lawyer's fees for obtaining alimony and retirement funds may be tax deductible in the state of TN, if you qualify? Did you know that TN alimony is taxable to the recipient and is a tax deduction for the person paying? Did you know that most fathers do not qualify as head-of-household and are not able to take a child as a deduction? Be aware of other potential deductions and take them.
TN Divorce Mistake #5:
Failing to communicate directly with your spouse
Attorneys / lawyers are best utilized for legal advice. It is not cost-effective for your attorney / lawyer and your spouse’s attorney / lawyer to communicate back and forth concerning your preference to "have the kids on even years for Christmas" or "keeping the treadmill and the sofa". Two attorneys' / lawyers' fees combined can easily be $600 per hour. Save the extra cash for your IRA and discuss (or email) minor issues directly with your spouse.
TN Divorce Mistake #6:
Concealing financial information / documents
Don’t do it! Time and money will be spent gathering information during the divorce process. If you or your spouse fail to provide all requested information an attorney / lawyer will subpoena documents and perhaps schedule depositions. Assets will be found. It just takes more time and money. Cooperate and put your money to better use (i.e., a vacation or an IRA).
TN Divorce Mistake #7:
Not properly insuring alimony and child support
Alimony stops on the death of the payor. Protect your stream of income with life insurance on the payor’s life. The beneficiary should be the owner of the policy and pay the premium. This prevents the policy from being inadvertently cancelled. Child support should be insured to include the cost of college if that parent has agreed to pay for college. University of Tennessee is currently $22,600 per year. Tuition expenses have increased on average 7% per year for the last several years. If your child is 10 years old now, and we assume a 7% increase, freshman expenses will be about $39,000. Incorporate tuition increases in your budget and life insurance calculation.
TN Divorce Mistake #8:
Assuming the wife should get the house
This is a hard one. Women have nesting instincts. But can she really afford the mortgage, monthly maintenance, repairs, insurance, taxes and utilities? Is your budget complete? Our monthly budget has 125 items. How many items are in your budget? Did you include the deductible for your health insurance, painting the exterior of your house or having tree limbs trimmed? If you forgo retirement savings to keep the house, you are gambling with your future. Do you feel lucky? Refer to our FAQ page for more items to consider if you want to keep the house.
TN Divorce Mistake #9:
Not considering mediation
Mediation involves you and your spouse meeting with a neutral third party to try and reach a settlement. The mediator may be an attorney / lawyer, a therapist or other professional who has received mediation training. The mediator cannot tell you what to do. They are skilled in helping the parties over “sticking points.” Using a TN mediator can save you tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, is less combative than legal proceedings and worth investigating, especially if you have children. www.tennmediators.org lists mediators in the Nashville, TN area.
TN Divorce Mistake #10:
Accepting an offer just to get it over with
“Yes,” you are an emotional wreck and you just want it over. However, during a divorce you will be making the most important financial decisions of your life. Take the time to do it right. Speak to a financial professional to understand the short- and long-term financial impacts of your potential settlement package. Don’t assume that Tennessee divorce law mandates a 50-50 division of property. Also, don't assume that a 50-50 division of assets is the same thing as a fair division of property. Refer to our case study for more information on why you may deserve more than 50%.
“Sandy's financial counsel was invaluable as I traveled through my divorce. At a very emotional time, she helped me focus on my long term financial goals, develop a budget, and make wise decisions during mediation. She even testified on my behalf when I had to go to court, spelling out clearly and concisely for the judge what the financial issues were and why I needed the support I was requesting. The result was a better outcome than I had anticipated. Clearly, I could not have received that settlement without Sandy's help and guidance with the financial issues. I would highly recommend that anyone going through a divorce remember that the financial decisions made will affect the rest of your life so it is best to have Sandy and her associates on your side.”
Candi Ford, divorcee — Murfreesboro, TN
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