Jun 5, 2011
A Post Divorce Checklist
______Name Change after divorce—it may be free when you do it at the time you divorce versus later on.
______Make sure ex-spouse is removed as beneficiary from all accounts, unless otherwise agreed in your divorce agreement.
______Get a firm grip of your personal budget of expenses in your new household and trim and cutback that budget, whenever necessary to adjust to your new financial status.
______Contact an accountant and be aware of all tax consequences/pitfalls of your new status.
______Change your name with social security
______Change your driver’s license.
______Make sure that if there’s supposed to be a Qualified Domestic Relations Order done that it actually gets done. It’s easy to overlook this.
______If your divorce decree calls for a quitclaim deed or statutory warranty deed, make sure that actually gets done too.
______If the divorce decree calls for you to transfer title to one or more of your automobiles, go ahead and get that done.
______Get your name (or your spouse’s name, as the case may be) off the joint bank account.
______Get your name (or your spouse’s name, as the case may be) off the home mortgage documents
______Open a new checking account in your name.
______Open a credit card in your name alone and actually use it to make a credit purchase. No need to go overboard on this, but it does make sense to build a record of using credit and using it wisely.
______Make sure your auto insurance got changed over okay.
______Make sure your health insurance is lined up and in place.
______Make sure your life insurance is in place and that you actually ask for the proof from your ex that he or she has purchased required life insurance.
______Execute a new Will