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Securing Your Children's Future: Establishing a Revocable Trust Post-Divorce

Securing Your Children's Future: Establishing a Revocable Trust Post-Divorce

September 15, 2023

In tandem with obtaining a life insurance policy to replace an alimony obligation and a child support obligation, updating your estate planning after divorce is also necessary. Establishing a trust dedicated to benefiting your children ensures that they will be provided for according to your specific wishes. In the unfortunate event of your passing, the life insurance policies will fund the trust, giving your children a lifeline of financial support and stability.

Understanding Revocable Trusts: A Foundation of Security

A revocable trust, also known as a living trust, is a legal entity that allows you to manage and distribute your assets during your lifetime and after your passing. You can establish yourself as the Trustee during your lifetime and choose a different Trustee to take over in the event of your passing.  This versatile tool can play a crucial role in ensuring your children's financial stability post-divorce.

Flexibility and Control: Tailoring the Trust to Your Children's Needs

One of the significant advantages of a revocable trust is its flexibility. You have the power to customize the terms and conditions to suit your children's unique needs, ensuring they receive the support they require, exactly when they need it.  Your contingent Trustee will administer the assets for the benefit of your children according to the guidelines you establish.  For instance, if you’ve taken out a life insurance policy to cover an alimony obligation, then the Trustee can make sure the payments continue to your ex-spouse.  If you’ve taken out a life insurance policy to cover a child support obligation, then the Trustee can make sure those payments continue to your ex-spouse.  This allows your financial support for your children to continue regardless of your death (at which point most alimony obligations end) and allows your ex-spouse to maintain your children’s lifestyle. 

Avoiding Probate: Providing Swift Financial Assistance

Unlike a will, a revocable trust allows for assets to be immediately available to provide for your children, bypassing the potentially lengthy and costly process of probate. This means that your children’s lives can remain stable during the terrible time of losing a parent.

Delineates Separate Property

A revocable trust also serves to establish your separate property in the event of a subsequent marriage.  When heirs from a previous marriage are involved, I recommend prenuptial planning for couples incorporating separate revocable trusts for each spouse encompassing their assets before marriage, and a joint trust encompassing the assets they accumulate together.  Each separate trust can be designed for the benefit of their children only, and the joint trust can be designed to benefit each other first, and all the children after the second spouse’s death.


In the aftermath of divorce, securing your children's financial stability becomes a paramount concern. A revocable trust empowers you to create a tailored financial plan for your untimely death, providing your children with the support they need, precisely when they need it. By taking this proactive step, you're not only safeguarding their future but also offering them a strong foundation upon which to build their own success. Remember, consulting with a knowledgeable Financial Advisor and an estate planning attorney is crucial to ensure that your trust aligns with your specific circumstances and goals.  I can help you assess your individual situation, and develop a plan to provide the right amount of financial support for your children in the event of your death.  To find out how I can help you, schedule a consult with me here.