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How taxes change after a divorce

People in Michigan who are going through a divorce will need to file their taxes differently after the divorce is final. In the year that the divorce or separation is finalized, the person will be considered single or head of household, if there are dependents, for that tax year. Following an annulment, people must amend open tax returns they filed as married.

Safeguarding retirement savings during a divorce

Married couples planning for retirement in Michigan are likely counting on joint income and savings to support themselves later on. If a divorce occurs, this can greatly hinder one's retirement goals. In addition to losing the help of another spouse, retirement funds could be subject to division. However, there are some ways to protect retirement savings.

Dealing with joint accounts during a divorce

Estranged spouses in Michigan and around the country sometimes withdraw funds from joint accounts before filing for divorce, but this can sometimes lead to bitter disputes and protracted legal battles. Some financially vulnerable spouses who rely on the income provided by their husbands or wives withdraw money from joint checking, savings or retirement accounts to make ends meet while their divorces are pending, but others take preemptive action to prevent their spouses from hiding assets and concealing funds.

When mediation is helpful in the divorce process

Michigan couples may believe that going to court is the only way to resolve their divorce. However, it may be possible to resolve some or all outstanding issues by going to see a mediator. This may be true even if a divorce is an uncontested one. In some cases, divorces can become uncontested after mediation.

Financial planning for post-divorce life

Michigan couples who are ending their marriages and have a variety of assets might also need to carefully plan for financial changes during the process, after the divorce has been finalized and even in how the divorce might affect their estate planning. Anticipating these issues in advance might prevent some mistakes that might become very costly in the future.

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