According to studies, women initiate divorce almost 1.5 times more frequently than men. Unfortunately, many divorced women in Texas often make financial mistakes that set them back for years after divorcing. According to experts, four of those mistakes are significantly more common than others.
Fighting for the family home
While many divorced mothers want to create stability for their children, fighting for ownership of the marital home isn’t always the right choice. Depending on your income and finances, it may not be feasible to continue paying the mortgage on a house you bought with your ex. Instead of committing to a mortgage you can’t afford, consider moving into a smaller, more affordable home.
Making decisions based on emotions
Divorce is one of the most emotionally and mentally tumultuous things that most people face. Unfortunately, the emotional turmoil of divorce leads to many women making decisions based on emotional reactions to issues that arise. Try to take a logistical approach to any problems you encounter during and after your divorce.
Underestimating financial needs
While it’s not uncommon for women to want to assert their independence following a divorce, many underestimate their financial needs. In addition to the expected expenses associated with a divorce, you will likely encounter some unexpected financial issues. When creating your budget for the next phase of your life, estimate your needs a bit higher than you initially expect.
Not accepting the change
Your standard of living is going to change following a divorce. Going from two incomes to one will have a negative financial impact on both you and your ex. Accepting that fact early can help you smoothly transition into what’s next.
Your divorce is going to have an impact on your finances. Understanding common mistakes can help avoid making them.