3 Tips for After Your Divorce
After your divorce, there are a few things you should do to make your transition as smooth as it possibly can be.
1) Final Decree of Divorce
Read your decree thoroughly within a few days of your final divorce proceeding. Give yourself a little bit of a breather and then read it. If you don’t have a copy, get one as soon as possible and read it. Right after your divorce is final is the time to ask your lawyer any additional questions you may have and get a clear understanding of what happens now. If there are any problems in the decree, your lawyer needs to know that straight away. And, in a Texas divorce, there are time deadlines that start the day your divorce is finished. So, don’t delay long. And, if you have children, you need to have a full understanding of what you need to do, where you need to be and when you need to do it.
2) Property after Divorce
After you have read your decree, make sure you have a handle on anything that needs to do with your division of assets. There can be property issues that aren’t finally settled when the judge signs the divorce decree. If there are any property exchanges that need to happen, make sure you take care of it as soon as possible. Time passes, and people forget what they need to exchange and possibly deliver but forgetting doesn’t excuse it if you are violating the terms of the decree. You could be in trouble that way. And, what if you are the one set to receive something? Focus on your details to finish strong.
3) Beneficiaries after Divorce
Review all of your accounts that have a beneficiary designation. Make sure all of your designated beneficiaries are who you want them to be. Even if you didn’t have your ex-spouse as the beneficiary take a look at the account and consider whether it is time for an update. The old beneficiary may not have been your spouse, but are they still a good choice after the divorce? Review them all and change the ones that you need to change.
As always, make an appointment with an experienced family lawyer for that answers to your questions. Call 940-497-5454 to make an appointment with Jill O’Connell.