Things to Update After Divorce

March 25, 2016  |  William F. Huefner

The divorce has been finalized. You’ve paid your divorce attorney. Now what? Aside from moving on with your life, there are several things that you’ll need to update after the divorce.

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While each case is unique, there are some common steps that nearly every couple will take after they’re officially divorced. These include:

  • Dividing up all the property as per the divorce decree.
  • Change your motor vehicle titles to reflect appropriate ownership as per your divorce decree.
  • Change your name with Social Security and on your passport.
  • Change the name on your driver’s license. The requirements for this will vary from state to state, but in most cases, you will need to change your Social Security card before you can change your driver’s license.
  • Contact your auto insurer to notify them of changes in vehicle ownership, drivers on the policy and address changes.
  • Ensure that your name has been removed from loans or debts that you are no longer responsible for.
  • If you change your name after the divorce, make sure that you notify all of your creditors of this change.
  • Remove your name from the joint bank account and the mortgage, if applicable.
  • Open a new credit card in your own name, and use it to make purchases. Don’t go overboard – the new card is to simply help you establish credit in your own name.
  • Open a checking account in your name, and make a deposit.
  • Make sure that you make the necessary changes to your health insurance policy as well as your life insurance policy.
  • If you’re required to pay child support, set up a routine payment system to make payments on time.
  • Revise your will, or write a new one.
  • Maintain the parenting time schedule with your children.

These are just a few of the many things you’ll need to update following your divorce. Be sure to follow any other requirements in the divorce decree, and above all else, take steps to start moving on with your life.