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Handling divorce: A business decision to handle with grace

Going through a divorce is hard no matter who you are, but for women, it can take extra strength just to get through the process. Many women who turn to their attorneys worry that they won't be financially stable after a divorce. Fortunately, women who take time to work with an attorney and to detail their expenses and assets have a better chance of coming out with a stable financial outlook.

How you handle a divorce can determine the financial outcome. It's necessary not to think emotionally but to instead think critically about your financial needs. While it's normal to have strong emotions during a divorce, letting those emotions dictate which assets you want to keep and protect is a bad idea. You need to keep your emotions in check, so you can make good financial decisions that will help you stay balanced following the divorce.

When it comes down to it, divorce is a business arrangement. Yes, it is sad and the end of a marriage, but the divorce itself is about separating your assets and getting what is yours. You have every right to fight for the home you purchased during your marriage or to seek out retirement benefits. Don't let your emotions cloud your ability to seek out what you need to maintain your financial wellness. Focus on the future and remember that the decisions you make now will impact you for many years to come.

Your attorney can help you review your assets and determine what you want to get out of your marriage and divorce. With the right choices now, you'll be able to look back and say you made the right decisions when it came to your finances.

Source: Forbes, "The Six Personal Traits That Help Women Successfully Survive Divorce," Jeff Landers, accessed Oct. 31, 2017

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