“You’ve got to help us!” Those were the words from a College Station woman who came to me for financial advice years ago. She asked me to help women in divorce. She described the divorced neighbor in her apartment complex. This neighbor was the ex-wife of a doctor and to make ends meet, she was a house cleaner for her wealthier former neighbors. Back then I didn’t realize that divorce attorneys don’t give financial advice.
In September 2015, the Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate for women aged 65 and older is still 12.1% while the poverty rate for men is just 7.4%. Nearly twice as many older women than older men are living in poverty. A fair divorce settlement can be the difference between poverty and a financially secure life.
Getting good professional advice and taking an active role in your divorce process will go a long way in helping you avoid a reduced standard of living later in life. If you are a woman facing divorce, you need to get sound financial advice before, during and after your divorce. Divorce can be very complicated, especially in long -term marriages. Look for a CPA with gobs of experience helping women in divorce.
Hire a family law attorney with experience. You don’t need the most expensive lawyer and stay away from low cost lawyers. Your friends might give you attorney names, but their advice will likely be based on their own divorce and not on your unique needs. Your divorce is not your friend’s divorce. Like Goldilocks, you need the one who is just right. Contact me for my list of the most suitable Brazos County divorce lawyers for your individual needs.
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