October 2022: Planning for the next chapter — What to consider as you go through a divorce

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Together with a UBS Financial Advisor, you can develop or revisit your financial plan to fit your new lifestyle. We can help you clarify your goals and put you in a position to pursue them. This checklist can help guide you during your divorce.

Before the divorce: Your UBS Financial Advisor and legal advisor can work with you throughout the process, even before you begin proceedings.

  • Gather all of your financial information in one place so it is easily accessible.
    • List your assets and liabilities.
    • Outline your spending patterns and income streams
    • Include items like insurance policies, college plans, and existing retirement or estate plans
  • Prioritize your personal financial needs and goals with your UBS Financial Advisor, given your new financial situation.

During the Divorce: Ask yourself, what will you need to maintain your lifestyle? What are your cash flow and income projections so that you can feel confident in your financial decisions.

  • Develop a budget and savings plan. Include monthly costs such as:
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Utilities
    • Transportation
    • Clothing
    • Real Estate/Mortgages/Taxes
  • Review beneficiaries for life insurance policies, annuities, and retirement accounts with your legal advisors.
  • Speak to your legal advisor about updating your will to reflect your new wishes.

After the divorce: Your UBS Financial Advisor can help you address your financial plan and overall investment portfolio in light of new realities, and help you put in place a strategy that can help you with short-term and long-term needs.

  • Personal assets: Speak to your legal advisor about removing your former spouse’s name or adding your name to personal assets based on the terms of the divorce decree or property settlement agreement.
  • Consider updating guardianship arrangements if you have minor children. Review other important legal documentation, including wills, healthcare directives, and Powers of Attorney with your legal advisor.
  • Consider updating or reviewing beneficiaries, including life insurance, annuities, retirement accounts, and transfer on death accounts.
  • In your financial plan, be sure to address any of the following considerations as required by your divorce decree:
    • Alimony
    • Child support
    • Maintenance of health insurance
    • Maintenance of life insurance
    • Provision of housing
    • College education
  • Discuss strategies for saving for retirement with your UBS Financial Advisor.
  • If you are changing back to your maiden name, speak with your legal advisor about how to start the process.


  • Speak to your legal advisor to find out if you are entitled to additional Social Security benefits based on your former spouse’s earnings.
  • Be mindful of your credit rating and outstanding debts on joint accounts.
  • Check past years’ tax returns, and be mindful of taxable investments—your tax advisor or CPA can provide further guidance.

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