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Take control of your money after a divorce

When you are married and both spouses are working, you likely have a good handle on the financial matters. This is probably going to change if the marriage falls apart. When that happens, you will have to take a look at your finances and determine how you can make ends meet. This might seem like a big challenge at first, but if you take it one step at a time, you will soon find that you have a tangible plan for your money.

One of your first tasks is to sit down and create a budget. Look at only your income and find out how it compares to the bills that you have now. This is the time that you can adjust what's going on, so you aren't in the red every month. Remember to make saving a priority so that you will be able to cover unexpected expenses in the future.

Another thing that you have to do right away is to figure out what you need to do about marital asset division. Some assets might not be beneficial to you. For example, keeping the marital home or a luxury car might seem good on the surface; however, you must consider how doing that will impact your finances. If you are going to be struggling, it might be best to leave those alone and try to walk away with other less costly assets.

When you have your finances figured out, you will probably find that you don't have as much stress as you did before. This is a good time to sit down and make other plans for your future so that you can live the life you want.

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