Yes, you can get a divorce without going to court, if you and your spouse are willing and able to negotiate respectfully with each other, but you will need help with the financial aspects of splitting up property.
Mistrust can often lead you to court. The mistrust can come from a lack of well-organized data and financial forecasts, which make it easier for both sides to work out their differences and therefore avoid going to court.
What you need is a financial neutral. The best financial neutral is a financial professional who is certified as a divorce financial analyst: someone who helps a divorcing couple evaluate their financial situation and develop creative solutions to complex financial problems.
At Feldmeyer Financial Group, one of our Certified Divorce Financial Analysts can be your financial neutral. As a neutral, we work with you and your spouse to bring clarity to your family’s finances with a goal of helping you reach a mutually agreeable settlement that works for your family. We help you see the short and long-term financial impact of different settlement alternatives; we may revise your scenarios several times to address your concerns.
On the other hand, if you and your spouse can’t agree on anything, then you may have to go to court. In this case, you may want a personal financial advocate rather than a financial neutral.
As your financial advocate, we can calculate and quantify your long-term needs, help you organize your information, and show you what your finances will look like if you accept a proposed settlement. We can appear as an expert witness, helping the court understand the complexities of your case.
Whether you are working on a settlement together or going through litigation, Feldmeyer Financial Group can help you to have confidence in your financial decisions. We can also provide your attorney with financial data so they may negotiate or litigate from a position of strength.
To get started, contact our office and request a complimentary initial consultation.
Ben Feldmeyer, CFP®, CDFA®, CLTC® is a Private Wealth Advisor and President of Feldmeyer Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. For more information, please visit the Feldmeyer Financial Group Divorce Magazine online profile.
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