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Dianne Williams Wildt, MBA

Certified Retirement Counselor®

Since 1983 in the financial services and investment industry

 

Retirement Pathways, Inc.

4500 Bowling Blvd., Suite 100

Louisville, KY 40207

 

Phone:  502-797-1258

 

Email: dianne@retirementpathways.com

Website: www.retirementpathways.com

March/April 2023

Managing Finances After a Divorce

Managing Finances After a Divorce

Divorce often entails going from two incomes to a single income. That can be hard on both spouses, but it can be especially difficult for women who are over the age of 50 when the divorce occurs.


A Look at Statistics
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), women over age 50 will see their incomes drop by an average of 41% following divorce, compared with 23% for men. Divorced women in this age group typically experience a 73% drop in their standard of living. Conversely, statistics show that men’s standard of living improves by an average of 42% after they divorce.


The Impact on Savings
Women generally earn less than men throughout their careers, often taking time away from their jobs to raise children, which may result in less money saved in retirement accounts with few years to catch up.


Time to Plan
Divorce may mean a new living situation. Suddenly, all living expenses are the responsibility of one person. Women (and men) facing divorce should create a post-divorce spending plan. The plan should include setting aside three to six months’ worth of living expenses in an emergency fund.


Striving to contribute the maximum amount to a 401(k) plan account, or at least enough to get an employer match, can increase the amount saved for retirement.


When divorce seems imminent, it’s important to engage a trusted financial professional who can help with making sound financial decisions.


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