How divorce affects your retirement portfolio

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | High-asset Divorce

Divorce has major financial implications for most people. Several key factors determine how much of an impact the end of a marriage has on one’s retirement savings.

Understanding how divorce affects a retirement portfolio is helpful for anyone navigating the end of a marriage.

Savings impacts

California has community property laws. According to these laws, assets acquired during the marriage, including retirement savings, are community property. Thus, they are subject to equal division between spouses. This means that retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, IRAs and pensions accumulated during the marriage may undergo equal division. This can potentially reduce each spouse’s retirement nest egg. The division of retirement assets in a divorce can also have tax consequences. Thus, those navigating divorce should consider the impact on their retirement savings and seek guidance from financial professionals.

Tax implications

Dividing retirement assets in a divorce can also have tax consequences. Withdrawals from retirement accounts may be subject to taxes and early withdrawal penalties. Additionally, dividing certain retirement accounts, such as traditional IRAs, may trigger tax obligations for both parties. Consider these tax implications when negotiating the division of assets in a divorce settlement.

Goal adjustments

Divorce can also necessitate a reassessment of retirement goals. With fewer assets available for retirement, parties may need to adjust their savings strategies or consider working longer to make up for any shortfall.

By seeking guidance from financial professionals and taking proactive steps to safeguard retirement savings, divorcing parties can navigate this time with confidence and work to secure their financial futures.

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