Early Warning Signs: Impact of Aging on Financial Decision Making

The full report, available at www.nefe.org/early-warning-signs, documents new research funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) to identify very early financial skill declines in cognitively normal older adults funded by the National Institute of Aging of the National Institute of Health.

INESCAPABLE TRUTH: FINANCIAL ABILITY DECLINES WITH AGE

IT IS INEVITABLE that people will see a decline in their financial skills and decision-making ability as they age. No one is exempt: Everyone experiences normal cognitive aging in their later years, which in turn affects various financial skills. The degree of cognitive decline and its effect on specific financial skills varies by individual.
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Why Your Long-Term Relationship May Be Harming Your Financial Literacy


When one partner takes on all the financial tasks, the other loses out on building money skills.


By Susannah Snider, Staff Writer |June 14, 2018, at 7:40 a.m.

Why Your Long-Term Relationship May Be Harming Your Financial Literacy Set financial goals with your spouse. (Getty Images)

Your romantic relationship comes with all sorts of wonderful benefits.

It gives you a partner with whom you can confide, cuddle and share the tasks of maintaining a household. But lovebirds beware: While your long-term relationship comes with lots of advantages, it may be harming your financial literacy.

That's according to research recently published... Read More

How Changing Tax Laws Could Affect Divorcing Couples

By Lili Vasileff, CFP, mAFF, CDFA – June 6, 2018

Couples who have made the decision to divorce in 2018 may be surprised to learn that changes in personal and business income taxes will impact the financial outcomes of their divorce. It is unclear if the new tax rules will make divorce more or less difficult to negotiate legally or financially.

Couples who divorce before December 31, 2018 will be covered under the existing IRS rules for alimony, but will also have many law changes that impact their net disposable income calculations.... Read More

529 College Savings Plans: Should you consider a change?

Parents often face the competing challenge of funding their children's college or their own retirement savings. 

During divorce, these goals collide more acutely. Income is stretched and expenses increase with two households.

How do 529 plans come into play? Here is a great resource with more information:

https://www.assettv.com/video/college-savings-savvy-under-what-circumstances-should-i-advise-clients-change-529-plans?chid=2091

College Savings Savvy: Under what circumstances should I advise clients to change 529 plans?

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This hot Hollywood divorce trend may not be for you

  • Bird nesting, whereby divorced or separated parents let their children stay in the same home while they take turns living in it, is getting mainstream attention.
  • The arrangement, which is portrayed in a new sitcom, holds real-life pros and cons for former couples who try it.
  • Financial experts urge families to keep lines of communication open and to put an expiration date on any such living arrangement in order to make it work.

Lorie Konish | @LorieKonish
Published 10:30 AM ET Mon, 16 April 2018 CNBC.com

Source: ABC Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson from the show "Splitting Up Together"

Where to live following a... Read More

Upcoming Events

Lili will be speaking at a variety of upcoming engagements, including:

April 19 – National Webinar: “The Platinum Retirement Challenge – Gray Divorce” for the Retirement Resource Center Professional Development Series at https://www.retirement-resource-center.com/

May 2 – New York City Bar on the financial issues in divorce: “Divorce 101.”

June 1 – FPA New York Chapter with Jeremy Doyle, BNY Mellon Title: “Divorce and... Read More

The Perfect Storm: Divorcing Baby Boomers

By FPA Member Lili A. Vasileff, CFP®, CDFA™

Published: January 27, 2012 

As Baby Boomers approach the last hurdle before the magic retirement age of 65, it is becoming increasingly newsworthy that growing legions of older Americans are untying the marital knot. With this trend for “gray” divorces, there are several challenges: dividing one household into two; re-evaluating near term retirement and estate planning goals; addressing gaps in health insurance coverages; re-examining investment decisions for longer life expectancies. It is truly a “perfect storm” where not only are your financial goals turned upside down, but planning is further complicated by emotional and psychological turmoil affecting your rational decision-making.

Every 10 seconds a Boomer turns 60... Read More

This is why baby boomers are divorcing at a stunning rate

Lili Vasileff is quoted in a recent article by Angela Moore for Market Watch on why older couples are deciding to divorce in record numbers. Lili says, “What’s pushing gray divorce is people are living longer and they feel more entitled to living fully. They’ve contributed to raising children, they want an emotional journey, it’s their time now. They may have decades ahead and don’t want to be unhappy anymore.”

When ‘until death do us part’ sounds like agony

By Angela Moore for Market WatchMarch 13, 2017

Looking ahead to the next phase of life can seem pretty dreadful if you can’t stand the person who you’ll be spending it with.

That may be what some boomers are facing.... Read More

Conversations About Divorce

Listen to Mandy Walker interview Lili on Blog Talk Radio

Nobody likes to talk about their debts and it's often the hardest part of negotiations in divorce.

Too often, one spouse didn't realize the extent of the debt or perhaps there's always been conflict because one party is a spender and the other is a saver. Perhaps both spouses knew about the debt but didn't really pay attention to it because, well, life was grand, the money was coming in, and borrowing for a second car or a vacation was part of the plan. It was all going to work out.

But then it doesn't work out and divorce happens. That means you... Read More

Planning Through Life’s Disruptions: Advising Late in Life Divorce

In this article for LifeHealth.com, Lili Vasileff explores the topic of late in life divorce. She says, "As a Baby Boomer approaching retirement, let us assume that you and your spouse have been fiscally responsible for most of your lives. But what happens when one household now unexpectedly divides itself in two with a late in life divorce?"


Planning Through Life's Disruptions: Advising Late in Life Divorce

How to help your client untangle, and protect, a mature retirement portfolio

by Lili A. Vasileff, CFP, CDFA

Ms. Vasileff received the national 2013 Pioneering Award for her public advocacy and leadership in the field of divorce financial planning. Lili is the President Emeritus of the national Association of Divorce Financial Planners and is a member of NAPFA,... Read More

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