Bad Marriages Can Cost More Than Divorce

bad marriageDivorce may seem a financially daunting undertaking, but there is a degree of financial loss associated with a bad marriage that some couples do not take into consideration. The divorce process does carry both known and unexpected costs, but working with an experienced family law attorney can help you to get the most financially out of your divorce and begin your new life financially solvent.

There is no way to quantify the cost of a bad marriage, but the Huffington Post has some tips to watch for if you suspect that your marriage is headed toward dissolution. If you relate to any of the following aspects of your partnership, divorce may be the cheaper solution for both you and your spouse.

The first major factor that makes a bad marriage expensive, according to the Huffington Post, is a lack of coordination and communication. If you and your spouse are unable to communicate effectively, it can have a serious negative effect on your finances. An obvious example of this is that you both draw from a joint checking account at the same time, incurring overdraft fees and lack of available money for bill-paying and other household expenses. A more extreme example of this would be a failure to effectively coordinate a retirement plan or tax deductions. While marriage counseling is usually advisable to divorce at the beginning of marital problems, drawing out unproductive therapy sessions can be akin to tossing cold hard cash down the drain.

In addition to these systemic financial troubles that can arise from a bad marriage, there are social factors that can arise and cause money problems as well. The Huffington Post warns against dipping into a marital nest egg to buy affection: “a common recourse when someone feels a marriage slipping away is to throw money at the spouse in hopes of winning them back,” the Post reports. Gambling issues may arise as well as other escapist behaviors such as chronic drinking or shopping.

If you suspect that your marriage is headed toward divorce, it can save time and money to speak with a family law attorney right away. You are not alone. Contact an experienced Aurora divorce lawyer today.

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