Tell Me: What Are the Most Shocking Things You’ve Heard About Divorce?
Let me guess… That it’s an ugly ordeal? That it’s expensive? That it will ruin your life?
For many, those rumors can be true. But I’m here to tell you: Divorce doesn’t have to be that way.
I’m Tracy Stewart, and as a divorce CPA, I’ve spent the past 15 years working with individuals and couples to change what divorce looks like in their lives—both for their finances and future goals, as well as the potential effects on their families.
I believe communication, collaboration and transparency are keys to an amicable and mutually-beneficial settlement, which is why I’m a strong advocate for the collaborative divorce approach. In serving 100+ collaborative cases, I’ve seen couples divorce peacefully, and set themselves (and their families) up for success beyond their dispute.
Clients and colleagues remark that I have an exceptional ability to simplify complex financial subjects in collaborative divorce. This makes them easy for the lay person to understand during their collaborative divorce. I find that most people who are going thru a divorce are unaware of key bits of information relating to their own personal financial situation. Failure to fully understand these details leads to major challenges in the divorce process. These challenges make it difficult to arrive at a mutually agreed upon settlement. It also takes an already challenging emotional situation and turns it into a tender box. Inevitably, assumptions made about hidden financial details don’t match up with reality.
It’s vital to start the divorce with a clean slate with regard to your awareness of your combined personal finances, investments and debts. The assumptions people make about those details are what lead to increased pain and frustration while dividing the pie. I want you to be able to sleep at night knowing that every effort has been made to see all the cards on the table. I want you to avoid the surprises that an can arise not only in the process but also years down the line if this is done without complete information.