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Financing the Cost of Your DivorceDivorce is an expensive process. Beyond what you may give up in the divorce settlement, you are responsible for paying attorney and court fees. You may need an alternative form of financing if your available income cannot pay for your legal fees. Establishing credit or liquidating assets involves its own risks. You must carefully consider the consequences of each form of financing before making your decision.

Bank Loans and Credit Cards

If you have a good credit rating, you can pay your legal fees by taking out a loan or charging it to a credit card. Naturally, you will pay more over time because of interest. However, you must also consider what level of payments you will be able to afford after your divorce. You, and not your spouse, are responsible for the debt you create after you file for divorce.

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How Divorce Affects Disability BenefitsWhen one person in a marriage is eligible to receive federal disability benefits, both spouses may come to rely upon the payments. The benefits are meant to make up for the spouse’s inability to secure employment. If the couple divorces, the disabled spouse will likely see his or her disability benefits unaffected or increased. The non-disabled spouse may individually receive benefits, depending on which program the disabled spouse is using.

SSI vs. SSDI

Any person age 65 or older or an adult with a qualifying disability may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The difference between the two has to do with work experience and financial need:

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Filing for Bankruptcy When Getting DivorcedSpouses share their debts during a marriage. When they decide to divorce, those debts are split between the two sides, with each spouse taking responsibility for paying a portion of the debt. However, creditors hold divorced spouses equally liable for their marital debts, regardless of the terms of the divorce settlement. If one divorced spouse fails to pay his or her share of the debt, the creditor will go after both spouses. A couple facing overwhelming debt can file for bankruptcy to either discharge the debt or create a repayment plan. Bankruptcy may allow a divorcing couple to reduce or eliminate the shared debt that will tie them together after their marriage has ended. Couples should consider filing for bankruptcy before they divorce.

Types of Bankruptcy

People most commonly file for either chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. The differences between the two may determine which type a divorcing couple prefers and when they want to file:

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Spouse May Be Hiding Income in Own BusinessOne challenge in negotiating a financial settlement in a divorce can be trying to figure out your spouse’s true worth, as compared to what he or she claims. Understating your income and assets gives you an unfair advantage when determining the division of marital property, child support payments and spousal maintenance. In particular, people who are self-employed or own a business are capable of artificially deflating their personal worth. Spouses may think they are savvy when they find ways to understate the value of their businesses or themselves. However, the other spouse would see it as dishonest and manipulative. You must be aware of the ways people can take advantage of their self-employment during a divorce.

Manipulating Finances

When people are self-employed or run a business, their personal and professional assets and expenses often mix. As their own boss, they have the ability to:

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Controlling Your Finances After DivorceGetting a divorce can lift the emotional burden of being in a stressful marriage. However, single life has its own stresses, not the least of which is the financial adjustment. Your household income may be decreased, or you may be responsible for monthly support payments to your former spouse. Expenses you once shared with your spouse are now your individual responsibility. It can be a harsh adjustment if your former spouse was in charge of keeping track of your finances. You can take steps during and after your divorce to help yourself deal with your new financial independence.

Divorce Settlement

When negotiating the terms of your divorce, support payments and the division of property can give you some financial security. Child and spousal support, in particular, can benefit you for years:

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