Financial Advice and Divorce
On June 5, 2012, the Globe and Mail published an article that discussed different areas of asset division that may become complicated during a separation and require the advice of a financial planner before finalizing an agreement.
The areas discussed include life insurance, pensions, real estate, tax and budgeting.
The article further discussed how a financial adviser may be helpful in each of these areas:
Life insurance – policies that are not jointly owned can be cancelled or altered by one party.
Pension plans and work options - private pensions and work options, such as shares, may be complicated to value.
Real Estate – properties other than the principal residence are subject to capital gains when there is a sale.
Tax - where one spouse pays a lump sum to the other as part of asset division, or where funds are being transferred from registered funds, a financial adviser can help to find appropriate tax shelters for the investments.
Budgeting - parties should ensure their settlement accounts for both present and future needs.