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After Divorce (Cleanup)


Term Definition After Divorce (Cleanup) - the details.
Application in Divorce After that end a marriage as a legal entity ends it, but the spouses are not finished. A number of housekeeping details must be undertaken after a judge signs the final decree.

Some of these many not apply in all situations, and some may have happened before the judge signs the order or as part of what is called "the divorce process," but all divorced people should make sure they are attended to. (Remember, God and the devil are both in the details).

A party who divorces pro se should be particularly attentive to these tasks. A party who uses a lawyer may find some of these have already been done by his or her attorney as part of the divorce.

Some of these are easy to some may be done by the time the divorce decree comes done, and some a lawyer does are part of the divorce process.

As part of a divorce (or its follow up), here are 10 must-do steps:

1. Read the decree and correct any mistakes.
2. Get certified copies of the divorce order.
3. Make new deed for real estate.
4. Transfer the titles of cars.
5. Update insurance coverage.
6. Update beneficiary designations and W-4 withholding.
7. Protect retirement rights.
8. Rewrite wills and trusts.
9. Confirm the separation of bank and credit accounts.
10. Follow through on name changes.

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