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Financial Custody You, Your Money, and Divorce

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ISBN-10: 0028641965

ISBN-13: 9780028641966

Edition: 2002

Authors: Joan Coullahan, Sue Van Der Linden

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction
You're Getting a Divorce--Now What?
The Biggest Obstacle--Overcoming Fear
The Basic Divorce vs. the Traditional Divorce Process
Getting Educated and Focused
A Step-by-Step Approach
The Traditional Divorce
Costs and Outcomes
Difference in Mindsets
Diverse Responsibilities
Expand Your Field of Vision
Write Your Own Ending
Focusing on Important Issues
The Emotional Side of Divorce
The Legal Issues
The Financial Issues
Managing and Controlling Your Divorce
A Team Approach
Getting Organized
Sharing Information vs. the Cost of Not Cooperating
Working with Your Spouse
Putting Together a Pre-Divorce Checklist
The Personal Information Form
Figuring Out Your Money Situation
Dealing with Child Support and Alimony
Defining Child Support
Custody Considerations
Calculating Child Support
Concerning Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
The Three Types of Alimony
Insuring Child Support and Alimony
Cash Flow--the Foundation for Building Wealth
Recognizing Your Financial Reality
Knowing Where You Really Are
The Meaning of the Bottom Line
Accumulating Wealth
Using the Cash Flow Worksheet in Negotiating Alimony
Dividing Your Assets and Debts
Knowing the State You're In
Community Property and Equitable Distribution States
Types of Assets and Debts
Valuing Assets and Debts
Putting It All Together
The Case of Steve and Jean Smith
Back to the Drawing Board
Effects of the Settlement Changes
Is This Settlement Equitable?
Assistance from Professionals
The Negotiation Process
Do Your Homework
Important Financial Issues to Consider
The Basics of Negotiation
Negotiating Strategies That Work
Separating Want from Need
The Settlement Agreement
The Purpose and Scope of the Agreement
Understanding the Settlement Agreement
Seeking Professional Advice in Creating the Settlement Agreement
After the Agreement Is Reached
Preparing the Settlement Agreement
Preparing a Domestic Relations Order
Separating Accounts
Signing Your Settlement Agreement Makes It a Valid Contract
Legal Actions After Signing the Settlement Agreement
The V-8 Experience
Enforcing the Agreement
Taking Action After the Divorce
Now What?
Beginning Your Financial Success Is a Simple Process
Setting the Ground Rules
Action Steps--Where to Begin
Working with an Advisor
Understanding the Fundamentals
Basic Investment Styles
Consolidation vs. Diversification
Investment Performance Does Not Replace Savings
What Kind of Money Are You Investing?
Risk vs. Risky
It Doesn't All Have to Match
Growth vs. Income
Investment Styles: Growth and Value
Goal-Setting
A Well-Defined Goal Must Be Specific
A Well-Defined Goal Must Be Measurable
A Well-Defined Goal Must Be Realistic
Doing the Math
Checking Your Progress
Goal Calculators on the Internet
Setting Priorities--a Case Study: Margaret
Take a Look at Your Spending
Post-Divorce Decisions
Beneficiary Designations
Insurance
Your Basic Legal Documents
Post-Divorce Financial-Planning Issues
College Planning
Retirement Planning
Elder Care Planning
Estate Planning
Portfolio Planning
Allocating Your Assets
Investing in Stocks or Equities
Investing in Bonds
Investing in Mutual Funds
Finding an Advisor
Appendixes
Forms
Resources
Glossary
Index