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Communication before divorce may ease transition

Couples considering marriage may have long conversations during which they share their hopes and fears about the future. Psychologists and other marriage experts suggest the same thing should happen when a West Virginia couple decides to divorce. Since divorce can bring many life-long challenges, it is wise to enter the process fully prepared, both emotionally and practically.

Watch for questionable financial actvity in a divorce

Ending a marriage in West Virginia or anywhere around the nation can be a time of uncertainty. Difficult questions are being asked, particularly where finances are concerned. Unfortunately, some people going through a divorce may not be totally forthcoming in the answers given. Financial advisors recommend that those going through a divorce pay close attention to detail where money is involved.

Divorce issues: more prenups including lifestyle specifications

Prenuptial agreements are typically developed to address the division of assets should a West Virginia marriage or others around the nation end. However, there are some couples that are beginning to include other issues in their pre-nups. Divorce attorneys report that there has been an increase in the number of lifestyle stipulations included in prenuptial agreements.

Life insurance premiums and alimony in divorce

When a West Virginia marriage ends, one spouse may be required to pay alimony or life insurance premiums for the other spouse. These types of financial arrangements are made as a divorce is finalized. While the monetary expectations are detailed in the divorce proceedings, some questions regarding finances are likely to arise. One specific issue that should be addressed involves whether life insurance premiums can be counted toward the total amount of alimony payments.

Protect retirement accounts in a West Virginia divorce

Many West Virginia residents work for years to save money for their retirement. Whether through individual retirement accounts or company-sponsored retirement plans, money can often be set aside on a tax-deferred basis. However, tax implications can arise should an individual go through a divorce prior to receiving the contributions from a retirement account. Careful consideration should be given to handling these types of accounts to avoid potential problems with the Internal Revenue Service.

Be prepared for the unforeseen costs of divorce

When a marriage ends in West Virginia or elsewhere around the country, most people think about the emotional impact the split will likely bring. However, many may not consider the financial toll a divorce can have on their lives. While steps can be taken to protect someone's financial position, there may be costs associated with a divorce that are unforeseen.

Should divorce wait until the children are older?

When a marriage ends, most West Virginia residents likely think first about the impact it has on the couple involved. However, divorce often has a tremendous impact on the children of a couple. Traditional thinking is that it is better to wait until children reach adulthood before spouses decide to divorce. However, experts are weighing in on why that may not be the best decision for a family.

Divorce rate growing for those over 65

When West Virginia couples or others from around the country have been married over 50 years, the likely assumption is that the marriages are going to last. However, divorce among couples age 65 and older is becoming more common, according to a national research organization. Many of those people who thought their marriages would last forever are now facing life as singles.

How is property divided during divorce?

To say that property division is complex is an understatement, particularly in states like West Virginia that do not have community property rules. In West Virginia, courts start with the presumption that all marital property (property that the couple has acquired during their marriage) should be divided equally. There are, however, a number of factors that can change this distribution.

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