Top 5 Things To Do After Divorce (in the USA)

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Going through a divorce is not easy, and when the entire process ends, you may want to celebrate or do anything that will take your mind off your life. Some people go into a phase of depression where they do next to nothing, because they are overcoming the emotional wounds of a divorce. Others become more active in their professional and personal lives to keep themselves busy. How you respond is up to you, but there are five things you should absolutely do right after your divorce, before you get into a phase of wallowing, celebration or intense work to take your mind off your life situation. And with the help of a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer these five things are easy to accomplish.

1. Separation Agreement

After your divorce is final, you may want to get your mind as far away from it as possible. But you have to take the time to read your separation agreement. It is better if you read it with your attorney present, because it will allow you to ask questions about anything you do not quite understand.

2. Implement Agreement Actions

If there are any items that you have to resolve within the separation agreement, make sure you take care of them as soon as possible. It is often the case that you have to do certain things within 30 or 60 days of the divorce date, which is why it is better to get these things done as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you out with most of these things, especially if they are of a legal nature.

3. Life, Car and Health Insurance

Take a look at your life and health insurance policies. If you had joint policies for either of these things, make sure they are now separated from your spouse. Depending on the situation, you will either become the sole owner of the policy you both shared before, or you may be the one who has to get a new policy. In either case, make sure the policies you are getting are reflective of your current income levels, not the amount of money the two of you were making when you were married.

4. Protect Investments

If you had any investments that you made prior to or during your marriage, make sure they are protected. Most of these things are covered during the divorce agreement, but it is still a good idea to double check all your investments and accounts to make sure what should be in your name is in fact so, and that your spouse is NOT someone who can make any decisions or access any information about those investments.

5. Take Care of Your Kids

While the legal aspect of custody is sorted during the divorce proceedings, you may still need to help your kids deal with the emotional scars of a divorce. You are probably upset yourself, which is normal, but you have to try and put the emotional and mental well-being of your children before your own. Make sure they are okay before you worry about yourself in this post-divorce landscape!

December 8, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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