Post-Divorce Notifications You Should Make



When you decide to file for divorce in Pasadena, your friends and family are usually the first ones you inform of your decision. But, there are actually several other people who you will need to notify of your divorce once all of the paperwork has been completed.

If you haven't already done so, your employer will need to be notified that your divorce is final. Divorce can affect a number of employer-provided benefits, including your health insurance and retirement. If you will be paying child support, you might be required to set up automatic withholding of the payments from your paycheck.

If you are a woman and are going back to your maiden name after your divorce, you'll need to obtain a new driver's license and a Social Security card. These are important forms of identification, so this must be completed as soon as possible.

Don't overlook the importance of writing a new will. If you have life insurance, you will want to re-examine your coverage needs and the beneficiaries listed on your policy. If you have children with your former spouse, you may also need to change the provisions you've made for their care in the event that something should happen to you. Sometimes, however, there are specific support requirements regarding life insurance that are outlined in the terms of the divorce settlement.

If you have not already done so, you will need to apply for credit in your own name. If you have joint accounts with your spouse, these will either need to be closed or one person's name will need to be removed from the account. This applies to checking accounts, savings accounts, and credit card accounts.

Depending on your current living arrangements, there may be lease or mortgage paperwork that needs to be updated after your divorce.

Even if you're not the one leaving the marital home, the "change of address" information packet from your local post office can provide useful checklists and contact info for some of the various parties who might need to be notified of your Pasadena divorce.