The Great Recession endangered the retirement of thousands of Americans, but experts from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College recently found that divorce can be just as detrimental. Much of this is due to the splitting of assets and the decrease in income that ensue once proceedings begin (or sometimes even before), but parties can mitigate their risks. Learn more in the following sections, including how a seasoned divorce lawyer can help.
The Retirement Risk Index
Ideally, your retirement should allow you to sustain your current lifestyle. Unfortunately, after the Great Recession, approximately half of all American households were at risk of not meeting that goal. With some 40 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, that number may be increasing on a daily basis - especially since divorce can increase one’s risk of not meeting their retirement goals by 7 percentage points. Thankfully, if parties understand how divorce endangers their retirement, and they learn how to mitigate against the potential issues that may arise along the way, they can decrease their risk of not meeting their retirement goals.