Jun 12, 2011
After my divorce decree came in the mail, I called up my attorney and thanked her for her patience during the divorce process and specifically for dealing with my ex-husband and his entourage of attorneys. I was not as fortunate as some couples who follow the growing trend of divorce mediation instead of litigation. My litigated divorce was lengthy, costly and very stressful. Although I found my attorney quite competent, professional, and even personable; I was very happy to never have to see her again! And I told her so. I was quite surprised when she responded to my remarks with: “We’ve really only just begun – give yourself a little time and we’ll get together and start putting YOUR new life back together”.
UGH! The last thing I wanted to do was to deal with any further legal “mumbo-jumbo”. She persisted of course and I am very glad
she did. You know why? Even though it was all those things I knew I had to do – it did in fact help me regain a sense of who I am. By reviewing, defining and declaring my new status as an independent single woman – I began to feel so much better about my status and my future. My confidence returned as I set up new bank accounts, restructured my mortgage, made a new will, and changed the beneficiary on my life insurance policy. I cut up all my married credit cards – notified the card issuers of my change in status and opened up two new cards under my name only. I also verified with the three credit card bureaus that all the joint credit cards were paid off and closed.
With some assistance, I’m on my way to a new life – in control of my own destiny and it feels good!