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Starting your post-divorce life: 10 important steps

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Divorce

Your divorce is now over and it’s time to start anew. Here are 10 important steps to consider after your divorce is finalized in Texas:

  1. Update Your Legal Documents: Review and update your will, power of attorney, and any other legal documents to reflect your new status. Make sure to remove your ex-spouse as a beneficiary if necessary1.
  2. Change Your Name (if applicable): If you changed your name during marriage and if your Final Decree of Divorce so provides, you can now legally revert to your maiden name or choose a new name. Update your identification, bank accounts, and other records accordingly.
  3. Update Your Address and Contact Information: Notify relevant institutions (such as the post office, banks, credit card companies, and utility providers) of your new address and contact details.
  4. Review Your Finances: Assess your financial situation. Close joint bank accounts, credit cards, and other shared financial arrangements. Create a budget and plan for your financial independence.
  5. Health Insurance and Benefits: If you were covered under your ex-spouse’s health insurance, explore your options for obtaining new coverage. Consider COBRA or other health insurance plans.
  6. Property Division: Ensure that all property division agreements are executed as per the divorce decree. Transfer ownership of assets, including real estate, vehicles, and personal belongings.
  7. Child Custody and Support: If you have children, follow the custody and support arrangements outlined in the court order. Maintain open communication with your co-parent and prioritize your children’s well-being.
  8. Emotional Healing and Self-Care: Divorce can be emotionally challenging. Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist. Focus on self-care, exercise, and healthy coping mechanisms.
  9. Update Social Media and Online Profiles: Adjust your social media profiles to reflect your new status. Consider privacy settings and avoid sharing sensitive information.
  10. Explore New Hobbies and Interests: Use this fresh start as an opportunity to explore new hobbies, interests, and activities. Rediscover yourself and embrace positive changes.

Remember that each divorce case is unique, so consult with a legal professional to ensure you’re following the specific guidelines relevant to your situation. Sralla Family Law PLLC can help you.