By: Tasya Rivera Martin
You’ve just spent months going through a divorce – determining the best parenting time schedule for your kids, figuring out who gets the house, dividing assets and personal property, determining whether you or your spouse get spousal maintenance, figuring out the appropriate child support number – and you’re exhausted. But, don’t forget the important follow up items after your divorce. Here are some items you may want to consider addressing now that the paperwork is signed and your divorce is finalized:
- Remove your spouse from any accounts on which he/she was a joint holder or signor.
- Remove your spouse’s name from your credit cards.
- Change your beneficiaries.
- Remove your spouse from the title to your vehicle if he/she is listed and have your name removed from the title to any vehicles that he/she was awarded.
- Consider your estate planning needs and contact an estate planning attorney.
- If you are receiving child support, consider your options for collection. You can apply through the county in which you live to have your spouse’s wages withheld for child support purposes.
- Remove your spouse as the point of contact on your medical and other records.
- Ensure that your children’s schools and/or extracurricular activities have updated contact information for you if applicable.
- Change the locks on your house and passcodes for the garage if applicable.
- Change your passwords on all of your online accounts.
- Update your Social Media pages, i.e., change your FaceBook status.
- Remove your spouse’s ability to see your shared google calendar.