After Divorce (Checklist)
Below are some very common tasks that need to be addressed shortly after being divorced. Please keep in mind that there are many tasks and the ones listed are just few of the more common ones.

The Checklist
  • Make sure you have several copies of your Judgment or Decree and Marital Settlement Agreement because you may need them for any transfer of property, accounts, debts, etc.
  • Make sure you have filed your "Certificate of Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage" with the Clerk’s Office.
  • Make sure you have everything filing with the child support enforcement office.
  • Make sure all joint accounts are closed and distributed accordingly.
  • If you have joint bank accounts to be closed, make sure there are not any outstanding checks.
  • Establish credit with new credit cards or store charge cards.
  • If you made any arrangements with any company for automatic withdraw or charge, be sure you contact them prior to closing accounts.
  • Make sure all property is distributed properly. If arrangements need to be made for pick-ups or drop-offs, do it as soon as possible, so you do not forget anything.
  • If there were automobiles to be transferred, be sure to take care of the title, registration and license plates.
  • If there was real estate involved in the Marital Settlement Agreement, be sure to take care of the deed work.
  • Make sure that all insurance (health, home, auto and life) is addressed and reviewed.
  • Make sure all wills are modified or changed.
  • Take care of all name change notifications.
  • Keep a journal of all visitation and support payments.
  • If your spouse files for bankruptcy contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

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