A divorce or the death of a spouse exacts an emotional toll.
Unfortunately, each can also be a financial toll. Managing the transition from being married to being single means crossing a lot of items off a financial checklist — at exactly the time when you're least equipped to deal with them.
"You can't do normal daily activities, much less make financial decisions," said Avani Ramnani, director of financial planning and wealth management with Francis Financial.
The good news is that many of those big decisions can wait. In fact, financial advisors caution against embarking on irreversible financial moves until you have some breathing room.