When “I” Becomes “Us”—Blending Your Lives and Your Finances

Preparing your financial life for whatever marriage may bring

Most couples have no problem talking about their aspirations, work, family, friends, and current events. But they clam up when it comes to money. Discussing your personal finances openly and honestly is essential for your current and future financial life together.

We help you have these conversations, offering objective advice and oversight to preserve, grow, and protect your wealth.

  • Facilitate the “money talk” to align your financial priorities, needs, and goals
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive financial plan that reflects your shared vision
  • Work with your attorney to draft a pre- or postnuptial agreement
  • Provide divorce financial consulting in the unfortunate event your marriage dissolves

Marriage is one of the most significant financial steps you will ever take. Be prepared for both the upside and downside.

Ekaterina Klimentova

Partner / Ekaterina Klimentova

With two marriage-aged children of my own, I hear plenty of discussions about choosing a wedding planner, selecting a venue, and other plans for the big day, but I haven’t heard one discussion about choosing a financial advisor. In my opinion, discussing and planning for a couple’s financial future is of paramount importance."

Objective Advice Tailored to Your Marital Situation

Newly engaged. Happily married. Getting a divorce. Whatever phase you’re at as a couple, we’re here to help guide you through it.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A stigma surrounds prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, but they’re actually a contract between two loving people. The time to plan is when you love and respect each other—it helps minimize discord and legal fees if you later divorce. We work closely with you and your attorney to ensure the agreement reflects your unique situation: family heirlooms, intellectual property, future earnings, or income disparity. We also make sure that you fully understand the financial terms.

Comprehensive Wealth Management

“I have no idea what our monthly spending is.” “I don’t know anything about our taxes.” “My spouse handles all that.” Most couples divide financial tasks, making good communication even more vital. The decisions you make in one area of your financial life impact the others. We actively engage you and your spouse in all aspects of your financial planning – cash flow analysis, taxes, estate planning, insurance, investments, and retirement planning. You both need to know and understand how your wealth is being managed, and the actions needed to keep you on track.

Divorce Financial Consulting

Emotions run high during a divorce, and asset classification (marital or separate) and subsequent division are hotly contested topics. Our unique expertise in divorce financial consulting helps your attorney secure an equitable settlement for you. We are often called upon to:

  • Trace assets to determine classification as marital or separate property
  • Prepare net worth statements to provide an accurate picture of household wealth
  • Perform a lifestyle analysis to determine the family’s standard of living and assist in the determination of spousal and child support
  • Write or review tax clauses in the divorce agreement for assets that can’t be divided
  • Review prior tax returns to uncover hidden sources of income and much more.

Building a Solid Foundation with Marital Financial Planning

Studies show that the inability of spouses to communicate about their finances is the second leading cause of divorce (after infidelity).

Studies show that the inability of spouses to communicate about their finances is the second leading cause of divorce (after infidelity).

  • Establish financial “ground rules” and discuss expectations for spending and saving
  • Decide how premarital assets and debt will be handled
  • Create a mutually-agreeable plan for resolving competing financial goals and concerns
  • "Course-correct” to adjust your financial plan for life events like the birth of a child
  • Identify investment preferences, including the type of securities and risk profile

Explore Our Offerings for Individuals and Families

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Investing is a commitment to your future. It's a way to grow and preserve what you've earned. Our disciplined and goal-centric investment approach helps ensure your portfolio is positioned to withstand changing market and economic conditions.

Our advanced estate planning and wealth preservation solutions help you achieve your goals while mitigating tax liabilities. Recommendations are tailored to your unique situation and reflect our expansive knowledge of estate, trust, gift, and tax laws.

Successfully navigating the financial challenges that come with wealth involves planning, relevant advice, and an advisor who’s not afraid to say "no" when you ask, “can I afford this?” Cerity Partners does all three.

Protect the life you and your family have worked so hard to build. We help you understand your current level of risk exposure and offer personalized solutions that seek to protect the vulnerable areas of your financial life.

We design and implement tax optimization strategies including the creation of detailed tax projections and the preparation of personal, trust, and business tax returns.

Our family office services span the spectrum from full financial management to helping you establish and coordinate your own family office. Whatever level of support you need, we can help.

We work with owners of privately-held businesses to help them create and execute transition plans that provide a seamless and successful exit for themselves, their families and other stakeholders.

We’re here to help you create a comprehensive financial plan that reflects your shared vision. In the unfortunate event your marriage dissolves, we also provide divorce financial consulting.

Just because your professional life is spread across different regions of the world doesn’t mean your financial life has to be complicated. Cerity Partners has extensive knowledge of U.S. and global tax laws and regulations, and we will work with you to preserve and grow your wealth here and abroad.