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Post-divorce budgeting tips

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Divorce

When you get divorced, you are going to focus on your financial future. After all, you and your ex have to split up your marital assets – those things you purchased or obtained during your marriage. The outcome of this property division can have a major impact on your financial situation moving forward.

That said, many people do find this change to a new stage in life rather stressful. To help, here are a few budgeting tips to keep in mind.

Consider income reduction

First and foremost, figure out how much your income is going to go down after the divorce. Many couples live off of two incomes, after all, so your earnings may be cut in half.

Start with must-have costs

Next, begin budgeting by looking at necessary items that are the most important expenses you see every month. Examples include your mortgage payment, your car payment, the utilities and the grocery bill.

Consider where you can cut back

You still need to provide for you and your children, if you’re a parent, but consider areas where you may be able to cut back spending on unnecessary items. Maybe you don’t go out to eat as often or you reduce the amount of streaming services you’re paying for.

Make sure you still have fun

It is important to budget, but don’t be so strict that you don’t budget in any fun activities. This is especially true if you’re a parent. Budgeting is wise, but it shouldn’t lead to a stressful life.

Working through the divorce process

The financial side of a divorce can become quite complicated, especially when dividing assets. If you are going through this process, be sure you carefully take the time to consider all the legal options at your disposal.