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Divorce Proof Your Retirement

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A few months ago, divorce Attorney Ronan Blake sent me an email. He asked to write a guest post sharing his perspectives about how divorce can affect your finances and retirement plans.

Examining the effects of divorce on retirement plansUnderstanding how divorce would affect your retirement is a very important topic that we’ve never directly addressed. Still, I initially planned to decline his offer.

The topic makes me uncomfortable. I suspect it will make readers uncomfortable as well.

Divorces devastate many people’s finances. Yet because it is uncomfortable to discuss, we avoid the topic. Easier for me to write, and for you to read, another article about early retirement health care, safe withdrawal rates or tax planning. No risk there.

After some reflection, I asked Ronan to send me over his article. It’s well worth your time to read. After his thoughts, I’ll respond with my own insights on the non-legal side of divorce proofing your retirement.

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