During their course of the wedding, a husband and wife may arrive at a point where disputes and conflict between them cannot be reconciled. The man and women may file a divorce either mutually or as a challenged divorce where one spouse either husband or wife files a divorce petition against the other. The court may permit a separation after considering all the facts and circumstances when the wedding is beyond repair. However, the legal formalities relating to divorce decree does not end here!
Once the court finalises the divorce, there are specific post-divorce actions to be taken by both the wife and husband. A post-divorce action comprises of legal battles in support of the divorce granted by the court.
Here’s a complete guide to the eight most essential things to do after getting the divorce:
- Distribute all property as outlined in the divorce decree.
- File for maintenance
- File for child custody
- Ensure that your name has been removed from any loans or debts which are no longer your responsibility.
- If you change your name (maiden name) as a conclusion of the divorce, mention all of your creditors of the change in name.
- Change your name on your bank accounts as well as on checks, or open new bank accounts in your name.
- Change your resident address on your bank accounts as well as checks.
- Change the nominee on your life insurance policy, if allowable under the divorce decree.
Change Your Name Officially
In many states, you can ask, as part of a divorce, to get a maiden name or former married name restored (in case, if you forgot to ask you have to file a separate court case). It’s always a right approach to talk to your divorce lawyer regarding name changes early-on so that you can figure out when and how to quickly get your name changed. After the divorce, you will require to show certified copies of the divorce decree to Social Security, the passport agency, banks, state driver’s license office and so on.
Prepare for a Restraining Order
Some divorces end with antagonism, and if you want to protect yourself, getting a restraining order from the court in this respect is required. However, most well-written settlement agreements contain language to cover such events so that contempt may address violations. Regardless of a big problem with such actions is that people fail to document events with police reports, photos and receipts. Document hostile encounters involve times and dates. Report any situations to the cop. Do not ignore them. When these requisite precautions are taken at the initial stage, it is possible to put ourselves in a better position.
Implementation of the Divorce Decree
In many situations, the ex-spouse creates delays to hand over or part of the property and land or to cooperate with the decision of the court. Situations become more complicated when you’re dealing with property situated in different states. For its proper implementation, a contempt case is filed, and since contempt cases are complicated, discussion regarding the pros and cons with your lawyer before filing a lawsuit is necessary.
Retitle All Necessary Property
If houses or vehicles have been transferred in the divorce decree, you may require to retitle them. If you had a lawyer, the attorney could prepare deeds and other documents. Remember that some property with debts owed (such as vehicles) may not be able to be retitled in a few states until the loan is paid off. Do not delay in transferring property and land on your name. Delays may allow creditors of the ex-spouse to record liens against what should be your property.