5 Life Events That Can Impact Your Financial Plan
One thing we can be certain of in life is that change happens. Sound financial planning involves understanding the basic financial considerations arising from each of these major life events, whether expected or unplanned. This article highlights 5 of these life events and how they can impact your financial situation and financial plan.
1. Marital Status
When couples tie the knot, it’s easy to forget the financial implications amid the excitement. Combining finances can be complicated. It’s important to plan how you will manage finances together and potentially put some financial safeguards in place. Communication is key and by asking each other important money-related questions prior to marriage can help prevent larger disagreements at a later point in time.
As a result of these discussions, you may wish to consider drawing up a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married. A prenuptial agreement protects your assets, providing you and your partner the freedom to decide who will keep what from their assets in the case of a divorce. The agreement states what you own when you enter the marriage and the financial outcome in the case of a split.
2. Having a Child
Having a child can be one of the most expensive life changing events. Large expenses can include childcare and health care. Secondary education can also require significant outlays making it helpful to start saving early if you plan to help your child with such expenses.
Divorce is a major life event no one wishes to experience. However, it is important to understand this life event’s impact on your financial plan so you can be prepared. Changes can come in the form of legal fees, alimony payments, child support payments and changes in your income, which can all impact your retirement plan.
Receiving a lump sum of money carries with it financial responsibilities. These include potential changes to your spending habits, charitable contributions you intend to make, and tax payments, among others. You may also wish to consult a trusted financial professional on how to manage the money that you have inherited if you wish to protect, preserve and grow the amount for future generations.
Retirement can be thought of as a pivotal financial moment in most people’s lives. In fact, you may wish to plan early to make sure you are saving enough in your peak earning years for when you retire. This is particularly important as your retirement could last a few decades and it is difficult to predict what the cost of your health care (or the cost of anything else given today’s inflation) might be in your retirement years.
Engage the Professionals
It can be scary to think about all the major life events that can or will occur. That is why trusted, experienced financial professionals can become your support system for life’s major events. With the right professionals guiding you, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have someone to turn to for financial advice when life happens.
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