People going through a Divorce Over 50 have a wide variety of issues to deal with, but among the most important, and trickiest, is their finances.
To get some help on that subject, I sat down with Steven Pompan, a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. Full disclosure, Steve’s a long-time friend, and handles my investments. He’s also been Divorced Over 50, and has made tremendous progress in finding his brighter future. Steve specializes in working with people in our demographic, and I’m confident you’ll find value in the interview that follows:
Divorced Over 50: First off, your philosophy regarding relationships sounds very similar to what we say here at Divorced Over 50.
Steve Pompan: Yes. Ideally, everybody should have a happy marriage. We all went into our marriages thinking they would be successful. However, things happen in life and directions change. Everyone deserves happiness. The Divorced Over 50 (DO50) network for both personal and business has helped my progress in adjusting to a new life.
Many visitors to Divorced Over 50 are either Di-Curious, or in the very early stages of their Divorce. If that’s you, it means that final decisions about post-Divorce finances have not been made, so there’s still time to get it right.
The piece offers ten ways you can prevent a Divorce from ruining your finances. Some are obvious, some you’ve likely heard before. But it’s worth taking a look and keeping the suggestions in mind.
The tips include:
Prepare for a new career ASAP. For a non-working spouse, as soon as you know Divorce is even a possibility, start planning to go back to work. Polish your skills and start networking immediately.
Don’t get emotional about your home or other items. Many people are emotionally attached to their home, but staying in it may cause significant financial hardship. And don’t spend more money fighting over sentimental items than they’re actually worth.
Hire your own team of professionals — get an attorney, accountant, or even financial planner who’s working just for you.
Don’t forget about insurance. When one spouse has a financial obligation to the other, that person has to have both life and disability insurance in case something goes wrong.
And if you want to dig deeper on the topic, here’s a piece from a Certified Financial Planner that’s also a good overview on the topic.
If your Divorce is completely final, and the distribution of assets is already locked, well, we can’t help you. But if you’re still in the process, or you’re Di-Curious, you need to get educated on how to protect yourself financially in your Divorce.
According to the Statistic Brain Research Center, the average savings of a 50 year old is $42,797; 38% of Americans don’t save anything for retirement; and 36% of Americans over 65 rely entirely on Social Security for their income. These are not good numbers.
This piece from Outofyourut.com presents a wide angle look at retirement for folks who are in less than ideal financial shape. Some ideas you’ve heard before — others may be new, and worth thinking about. If you’re not where you’d like to be, definitely take a look.
Walter White had a great retirement plan — well, except for how he accumulated the funds. The vast majority of Americans, however, are woefully unprepared for retirement. Add the financial effects of going through a divorce, and many of us are looking at working longer, living on less, or both.
This piece from Forbes addresses “Retirement Catch-Up,” presenting an overview of the actions Over 50’s can take now to start building their savings. It includes some important information about Social Security, and links to get even more information. Unless you’ve got Walter White money (and look how much good it did him…), check out the article.