Valuations for Property Division and Asset Splitting in Divorces Should Adjust for Tax Impacts and Risk

A financial advisor highlights some financial issues to address in property division in divorce. Tax consequences can have a significant impact on the ultimate value of any asset to the recipient. Asset splitting calculations should factor in tax impacts and risks.

  • retirement accounts – factor in tax treatment or impact of the transfer and, if allowed, subsequent withdrawals as well as protection from creditors

  • insurance – protection of dependent spouse and children against the death or (more likely to occur) disability of the support-paying spouse and availability and cost of health insurance for the dependent spouse

  • deductibility of legal fees – although divorce legal fees in general are not deductible, the portion of legal fees attributable to tax planning or tax counseling is deductible

Read more in this [AR and OK] Times Record article: Reducing Financial Devastation Of Divorce.