You’ve done it--you survived what everyone said was the hardest part of their life, and you have now officially been granted your divorce. You no longer have to associate yourself with your ex-spouse if you don’t want to, and the expensive and emotionally draining process is finally over. Though it may feel like an enormous relief that you want to celebrate, it is essential you don’t forget to follow through certain steps. Forgetting to complete these important steps will result in a number of serious consequences, and it is a scenario you want no part of, especially considering all you’ve undergone.
The following are important steps to take immediately following a divorce:
- Act according to your property settlement. If you were forced to give up the car, or you are now in ownership of the marital home, these are all changes which need to be documented with the right agencies, and it is your responsibility to do so.
- Separate your joint bank accounts and cancel your joint credit cards. If you have any direct deposits, make sure they go into a new bank account, including your retirement account. You will also have to change your tax status from married to single.
- Keep all of your child support records in place at all times, and notify anyone who is in contact with your children, such as teachers or babysitters.
- Change your name if you took your spouse’s name, in which you will need to call the DMV, Social Security, and a number of other agencies.
- Check your estate planning and ensure your ex-spouse is no longer a part of it, including your will, retirement account, life insurance, Social Security, etc.
Contact Our Des Moines Divorce Attorneys
At The Law Offices of Mark. R. Hinshaw, our Des Moines divorce attorneys know there is nothing you want quite as much as to have your divorce be over with in a quick and painless fashion. To do so, however, you will need to enlist in the help of a strongminded, skilled, and experienced legal team who will fight relentlessly on your behalf. We will apply all of our energy, time, and resources to your case, providing you with valuable and resourceful legal services.
You can reach our firm today by calling us at (515) 200-7571.