When divorcing, you want to get all assets to which you are entitled. It's always prudent to split the retirement benefits at the time of your divorce rather than waiting until later to do so, no matter what your ages may be when you split.
As you move toward a divorce, you know that you and your spouse need to split up your assets. That's fine with you for much of what you own, as you bought it jointly anyway -- your home, your car, etc. You also both make roughly the same amount of money, so splitting up earnings and savings seems fair.
As you may be aware, Florida follows an equitable distribution model when splitting up assets between two spouses when they divorce. This doesn't mean that any property that you share will be split down the middle though. Your Fort Lauderdale judge will consider various factors when determining how to split up you and your ex's assets among you.
When you go through a divorce, it is a very emotional time. Just when you need to be making the most rational decisions as possible, your emotions are going haywire. Simply getting through each day is a challenge, but now is when you are tasked with determining who will get what assets in your property settlement.
Florida law, like that in the majority of states, provides for the "equitable distribution" of marital assets and debts -- those incurred during the marriage, either by one or both spouses -- in divorce. Unlike states that recognize marital assets as "community property" that is divided in half, "equitable" doesn't necessarily mean "equal."
Going through a divorce will complicate your life in many ways. While there's a lot to think about, matters of property division deserve a good amount of your attention.
If you're a few years within retirement age, there's one more thing you have to think about as you ponder divorce: Social Security.
Divorcing later in life brings about a set of issues that younger people don't have.
You'll be walking down the aisle soon in Florida, and all the wedding plans are made. You even have a plan for how to maintain your finances after you're married.
Sometimes, when it comes to dividing property and other assets in a divorce, it seems like a going out of business sale, where posters in the storefront blare, "Liquidation! Everything must go!"