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Sample Lifestyle Analysis Report

Organizing and deciphering financial documents in the early stages of a divorce proceeding is a daunting task that many wish to avoid. However, too often it is a necessary evil that must be considered. This exercise is commonly called a Lifestyle Analysis. Years ago it was common for one spouse to seek a large monthly support sum; the other spouse to plea an amount equal to a fraction of that amount, and the court to “split the pie in half”. Today, the court is much more sophisticated and equipped to understand how the investigation of the couple’s lifestyle relates to their support determination. In fact, this process not only identifies the ordinary and necessary living expenses of the parties; but identifies unusual, occasional, seasonal, and non-recurring expenses.

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