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Money Problems and Divorce

Money Problems and Divorce

Money continues to be the number one cause for divorce in the U.S. In order to avoid marriage money problems, it pays to sit down and have a serious financial conversation with your new partner. It may not be pretty or exciting, but its something that needs to be done, or you’ll pay for it, literally down the road.

Keep a Realistic Approach to Money

One of the reasons money is the number one cause for divorce is that people can have very different expectations on lifestyle and how money should be spent. As an initial tip to avoiding marriage money problems, consider the following questions when setting expectations for your financial future with your partner- (a) What should your money be spent on, what’s essential and what’s discretionary; (b) What are the shared expenses, and what are the expenses that each individual is supposed to account for; (c) Which accounts should be made joint accounts, and which accounts should be kept separate; (d) If there is a disparity in income, who should be contributing to what and how much; (e) how are debts that came into the marriage going to be handled; and (f) who is actually sitting down and paying the bills.

The Future is Coming

Obviously its hard to predict what the future may hold, but that shouldn’t prevent you from sitting down and roughly planning out what it should be. Set goals that you will need to save for and how long you think it should take to save for them now, to avoid marriage money problems later. Constantly revisit this topic, as your expectations and circumstances will change over time. Some basic topics to consider include: buying a house; having kids; college for kids; retirement; traveling; buying cars, etc.
Much of this may be an eye opener as the list of things you and your partner want gets larger, and you can see your money dwindling away to nothing. However, you need to wrap your head around it now, and freak out now, rather than figure it out later when you’re buried in debt and your house is in foreclosure.


Its number-crunching time, here’s where you sit down with your basic predictions of how much money you have coming in (after taxes) and how much all of this should cost. The basic things to include in your budget are: Income (salary, business income, property income and investment income); Assets (bank accounts, investments, property); Debts (mortgages, loans, credit card debts); Expenses (rent/mortgage, food, utilities, clothing, transportation, insurance, investment contributions, travel, entertainment, and any other expenditure you’ll be making).

Cut Your Expenses – Go Without

For young couples, this can be a daunting exercise to get through. So make sure to be honest, patient, and open to compromise. If you can get through this, you’ll have overcome the most likely reason to get divorced. Finally, regularly revisit your financial plan to avoid future marriage money problems. You’ll often find that your initial assumptions and expectations were wildly inaccurate, so take the time to update your plan before you go any farther.

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When money causes you to need a divorce in Utah, please call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506 for your free consultation. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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People who want a lot of Bull go to a Butcher. People who want results navigating a complex legal field go to a Lawyer that they can trust. That’s where I come in. I am Michael Anderson, an Attorney in the Salt Lake area focusing on the needs of the Average Joe wanting a better life for him and his family. I’m the Lawyer you can trust. I grew up in Utah and love it here. I am a Father to three, a Husband to one, and an Entrepreneur. I understand the feelings of joy each of those roles bring, and I understand the feeling of disappointment, fear, and regret when things go wrong. I attended the University of Utah where I received a B.A. degree in 2010 and a J.D. in 2014. I have focused my practice in Wills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Business Law. I love the thrill of helping clients secure their future, leaving a real legacy to their children. Unfortunately when problems arise with families. I also practice Family Law, with a focus on keeping relationships between the soon to be Ex’s civil for the benefit of their children and allowing both to walk away quickly with their heads held high. Before you worry too much about losing everything that you have worked for, before you permit yourself to be bullied by your soon to be ex, before you shed one more tear in silence, call me. I’m the Lawyer you can trust.