Creating Your Post-Divorce Checklist

Now that your divorce has been finalized, it's time to cross the T's and dot the I's. However, tackling all of those tasks can be overwhelming and you may not know where to start. Making a check list can help keep yourself organized and help you accomplish your most important tasks. Here are some things to consider when creating your own post-divorce checklist.

Name Change - A name change is not automatic and must be requested as part of your divorce petition, waiver or answer. Once your name is legally changed, be sure to add change your name on the following accounts or documents to your check list,

  • Driver's License

  • Passport

  • Insurance Cards

  • Social Security Card

  • Banking Information

  • Mortgage

Insurance and Policies - While making your post-divorce check list, you should take the time to review all of your insurance policies. Contact your agent(s) and discuss what changes need to be made due to your divorce. Consider the following insurance policies when creating your list

  • Auto

  • Life

  • Home

  • Health

  • Disability (if applicable)

Financials - Rebuilding your finances after a divorce can be a daunting process, but adding a financial section to your checklist can help break down those larger, financial tasks that need to get done. Here are some financial items to consider when preparing your check list

  • Joint Account(s)

  • Opening Your Own Account

  • Checking Your Credit Score

  • Beneficiary Designations

  • Child Support (if applicable)

  • Budgeting

  • Tax Records

  • Retirement Information

Online Accounts and Passwords - Changing your passwords can be a pain, but it will help protect your privacy, as well as set boundaries after your divorce. Only you know the relationship you have with your ex, if you believe you can keep some online accounts and passwords the same, you should feel free to do so. If not, here are some accounts and passwords you should consider changing.

  • Shopping Accounts (Amazon, eBay, etc.)

  • Banking Accounts Including Credit Cards

  • Data Storage Accounts (iCloud, Google, Dropbox, etc.)

Property - Problems in understanding who gets what property usually arise due to Texas' community property laws, homestead issues and recording requirements. Make sure you understand what property you own and what property you may have to give to your ex-spouse. Consider the following property items when compiling your check list.

  • Mortgage

  • Vacation Property

  • Car Titles

  • Property Title

Need more help building your post-divorce check list? Consider scheduling a consultation to see how we can best help you. The C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC has more than a decade of experience helping individuals through the divorce process and are committed to helping you find the best solution for you while keeping your best interests in mind.

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