My Divorce is Final, Now What?
Whether your divorce was a high conflict or fairly co-operative experience, you will cross the finish line and look up at some point wondering what the next step is. Do you have names that need to change, titles that need to be revised, or beneficiaries that need to be re-named? What should you do first? What should you do next?
One Step at a Time
With so many things that you’ll need to do, figuring out the next step can be overwhelming. Not to mention the problems that can arise if you skip something. And the list will be different for everyone. So, one of the first steps that you’ll need to do is take inventory the items that need to be on your list. Start this with your settlement agreement, to see the items that you need to re-title or re-name and the processes that you need to get in motion.
With our clients, we take a comprehensive approach to the divorce process and the necessary next steps by making sure each client has a list of post-divorce steps to take. We also offer guidance through those next steps if needed. For most folks “QDRO” may as well be a Greek word and opening a Roll Over IRA account to receive assets sounds like an insurmountable task. Actually, even the things that seem simple, like creating your new budget, can feel insurmountable at this point. So, don’t be afraid to get help with these.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you find that you need direction through these steps, reach out to the divorce professional that guided your process. They can usually offer recommendations to the other professionals you will need to take the next steps. You can also contact us! Wherever you are in the process, the beginning, the middle, right at the final decree, or at the title change stage, we are here to help.
So, you’ve made it to the finish line! You ran a great race. It’s okay to pause for a minute and take a breath, and look at how far you‘ve come. Just be sure to continue that walk into your future one step at a time to complete your transition to your new normal.