Financial pressures can undermine marital relationships. Couples in Virginia who fight frequently about spending and debt face a 30 percent higher chance of getting divorced, according to a recent study. Money challenges might confront new spouses right away or arise years later after reckless spending by one or both partners.
In many divorces, one or both parties will have a 401(k) retirement account through an employer. As with other assets, the 401(k) is usually considered a part of the marital estate and is subject to division in Virginia. But when dividing these retirement accounts, special care must be taken to ensure the division does not become a taxable event.