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More work to be done after a divorce

The divorce process can be daunting and draining. This list of things to do after a divorce may help Kentucky residents plan ahead so that the process becomes more manageable and less stressful.

While a settlement agreement describes how assets will be divided, the people involved must take steps to separate everything. Assets and responsibilities that require attention might include a home, vehicles or a mortgage. The title of a home can be changed with a ‘quit claim” deed, and a divorce decree is not enough to give one possession of a home when a former spouse is still listed on the title.

Another priority task could include changing accounts that list a former spouse as a beneficiary. This might involve changing life insurance policies, retirement accounts, transfer-on-death brokerage accounts and annuities. Making these changes ensures an ex does not have a claim to these benefits should one pass away. When divvying retirement accounts, which do not include IRA accounts, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order is needed.

Many joint accounts may need to be closed or split. This may involve creating new accounts or removing a former partner as an ‘authorized user.” In addition to a bank account, this might include accounts for expenses like utilities and credit cards. Doing this in a timely fashion helps ensure one is not liable for the future spending of an ex. To this end, an ex must also remove a former partner from his or her accounts.

The suggestions provided here are not an exhaustive list of everything that needs to be done after a divorce, but this list illustrates how involved the divorce process can be. Prenuptial agreements or even post-nuptial documents could help simplify matters if a marriage ends by providing guidelines for property division and alimony. To ensure alimony provisions are fair and enforceable, one may need the assistance of an attorney.


: Market Watch, The divorce is final. Now what?”, Mary Ann Ferreira, 04/11/2019

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Serving the residents of Kenton County, Campbell County and Boone County, the law office of Dietz Family Law is ready to help you with your divorce or family law issues.  At Dietz Family Law we take the time to understand your unique issues and will craft the strategy that is right for you.  Whether you live in Covington, Florence, Independence, or Alexandria, our Edgewood Law Office is conveniently located and ready to serve.