Michelle Ash

Michelle Ash is a Managing Partner of Paragon Wealth Strategies in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a Certified Financial Planner®, helping individuals with their estate and retirement planning needs to ensure their futures are provide for. She also offers her services as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA) to help clients facing divorce work through the financial aspects of any proposed divorce settlements, analyzing both the short-term and long-term ramifications.

Michelle Ash

Ash has a long history in the area of financial planning after graduating with honors from the University of Louisville in Florida. She was an adjunct professor at Florida Community College in Jacksonville and has taught various financial courses, including those on how to make the best financial decisions when facing divorce. Michelle helped co-found the Jacksonville, Florida branch of Householder Group and moved on to establish Paragon Wealth Strategies in 2008, where she is currently a Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer. She was featured in the 2008 edition of the "Guide to America's Top Financial Planners" and has been a contributing columnist for the Florida Times-Union "Women's Wealth Management" column.

Why Divorce Financial Planning is important

Ultimately, divorce financial planning can help you reach the best divorce settlement possible while avoiding some of the common, but costly financial mistakes and oversights the often come up in divorce negotiations. You need to base your decisions on objective, accurate numbers and not emotion.

To achieve a good settlement, it's important to understand what your financial picture will be after the divorce, both now and in the future. You need to figure out if you can financially maintain your house in the long-run. When going through a divorce, it's essential to thoroughly evaluate your retirement benefits so that you don't unnecessarily give up these assets and struggle during your golden years. You also need to think about any future tax liabilities from any assets you accept. Ultimately, a certified divorce financial analyst can help you make the best decisions during divorce so that you can avoid long-term financial regrets.

Gain the confidence and self-assurance you need to manage your finances and ensure that your own future retirement picture looks the way you want. For financial help before and after divorce, visit Paragon Wealth Strategies. You can also find her contact information on the Florida Divorce Resources section.

Articles by Michelle Ash

Reasons People Should Get A Prenuptial Agreement - Even though it's not romantic to bring up the subject of prenuptial agreements when you think you've found "The One", it does make financial sense in the long-run. This article discusses the importance of setting some ground rules before you get married, especially if you have children from a previous marriage.

Financially Prepare For A Divorce - Unfortunately, divorce often means a drastic change in finances for most women. That’s why it’s so important to get a handle on your personal finances if you’re thinking about or going through a divorce. These tips can help you get your budget in line so you can reach a financial balance.

Handling Financial Issues After Divorce - Even though the legalities of divorce are over with, there's often a long list of financial clean-up that lies ahead, especially when it comes to your estate. You don't want to accidentally leave your ex as a beneficiary or heir to your estate due to procrastination, so find out what steps you can take to get your financial house in order after the divorce.

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