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Two things to do after your divorce is finalized

One of the good things about March is the beginning of daylight savings time; essentially the days officially get longer and there is more time after work to do things outdoors. If only the weather would cooperate. The other good thing about March is that spring is getting closer, which traditionally means that love is in the air, and the promise of new relationships begins.

Perhaps this “tradition” is spurred by newly minted divorcees. For those who are just getting their divorces finalized, finding someone new may be high on their priority list. But aside from finding love, they should also be wary of protecting themselves legally. This post will highlight a couple of things they should do. 

Change your will – Your ex was likely named as your executor, or was charged to inherit a substantial portion of your estate. This is because you were married and in love. Now that things have changed, you have to change these documents so that your ex does not cash in from your untimely death.  Depending on how your divorce went, it would not be surprising if he or she was counting on this.

Check your credit report – If your ex agreed to pay off all of your joint credit card bills, monitoring your credit report is critical. If he or she does not honor the agreement, it may be grounds for a contempt motion. Keep in mind that the court cannot stop creditors from hounding you for payment in the event your ex reneges on the agreement, since the contract is between you, your ex, and the creditor. 

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