Once you receive your divorce decree, you’re certain to feel a sense of relief. But before you can fully relax, there are some additional steps you’ll want to take to make sure you are prepared to start the next chapter of your life.
First, read through the divorce decree closely to make sure you know and understand all of its contents. Not only is it important to note all of your obligations, but it’s also your opportunity to read through the decree to make sure there are no mistakes. If you do see any mistakes or typos, get in touch with your attorney, who will go through the process of getting those issues corrected.
Your divorce decree lists all of the obligations you and your former spouse have moving forward. For example, you might be required to take your spouse’s name off your home loan. Make sure you complete all your assigned tasks in a timely manner — you typically have strict deadlines for these obligations, and the last thing you want is to be considered in violation of your divorce agreement. Put your spouse’s obligations on your calendar, as well, and make sure he or she follows through with them. Get in touch with your lawyer if your former spouse fails to meet any deadlines.
Next, update all necessary documents that might have had your spouse’s name on them. These would include any estate planning documents, life insurance policies, retirement accounts, emergency contact information, savings and checking accounts, credit card accounts and tax withholdings.
Finally, take some time for yourself and your family. The divorce process can be long, emotional and grueling. You owe it to yourself to decompress after it’s all over.
For the guidance and advice you need as you seek a divorce, speak with a skilled Jacksonville family law attorney at Combs Greene, PA.
Steven P. Combs also contributed to this blog post.