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Pennsylvania divorce: finances can play a major role

Finances are one of the major aspects of the divorce process. Going through a divorce can be difficult -- both mentally and emotionally. Spending the rest of one's life with a particular person may not be the plan anymore. This means that many financial items that were once shared will now have to be separated. However, couples considering divorce in Pennsylvania may want to be aware of all the financial aspects involved.

In a divorce, a family is essentially being split in two. Not only do children now have to spend time with each parent individually, but also the two spouses' finances have to be separated. Becoming single again means redoing one's budget. Each person now only has one person's paycheck with which to handle expenses. Knowing and understanding one's credit score is also an important aspect during and following a divorce.

A divorce may bring about the division of assets, including retirement and savings accounts. This may involve rethinking one's plans concerning retirement. Tax regulations for an individual are also different than they are for a married couple. The spouse who has custody of the children may file taxes differently than the one without primary custody. Insurance is another aspect to consider, especially when it comes to paying child support and alimony.

The financial parts of a divorce are numerous and may seem daunting. However, receiving assistance during the divorce process can ease these transitions. Understanding one's credit, assets and other individual finances can ease the move into suddenly having a separate budget and accounts. People in Pennsylvania may want to look into the resources available that can assist with this major life change.

Source: dallasnews.com, "5 steps to keep a divorce from being needlessly expensive", Jonnelle Marte, Jan. 23, 2015

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