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Mistakes to avoid when dividing assets in a divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2021 | Divorce

Texas residents who undergo divorce know that it’s far from easy. Apart from dealing with the emotional aspect of the divorce, dealing with dividing up all of your marital assets can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s best to do some research and understand how to do this properly so that you do not find yourself with unfavorable terms after your divorce is finalized.

Don’t be deceived by face value

When it comes to the division of assets for your divorce, you need to be prepared to do additional research on the value of each asset. You never want to take the asset at face value, as this could result in tax issues later down the road. For example, $1,000 in a bank account is not the same as a $1,000 stock. This is due to the simple fact that when you sell the stock, it will have an impact on your taxes. You must be prepared to determine what the capital gains tax will be both in the short-term and long-term for different assets before agreeing to any sort of division plan.

Always consider the ongoing costs

Just as you don’t want to take every asset at face value, you don’t want to avoid considering the long-term cost of maintaining it. For example, just because you’re getting awarded a house worth $200,000, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require you to have funds available for things like maintenance, taxes and other expenses. You always want to take into account the ongoing costs associated with each asset to ensure that you’re financially able to cover them.

Going through a divorce can be extremely overwhelming for everybody. By taking the time to understand some of the bigger mistakes that people before you have made, you can learn to avoid them yourself. As you proceed through your divorce, make sure that you never take an asset at face value and that you always consider the ongoing cost to have that asset.