Common Post-Divorce Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
Your divorce is finalized, and you are officially a single person. Now what?
There are plenty of opportunities for you to try new things and explore life as a single person. But just because the legal processes of negotiating and settling your divorce are over does not mean you’re completely in the clear with regard to your divorce-related responsibilities and tasks.
Below are a few of the most common post-divorce mistakes you should be sure to avoid:
- Failure to follow court orders: Your divorce decree will contain a number of orders and responsibilities you must abide by. Failure to do so is considered contempt, and will come with penalties, including fines and (in severe cases) jail. Follow all court orders to the letter, and if they become a major issue you can file a motion to modify certain orders.
- Not updating your beneficiaries: If you have life insurance, retirement accounts, estate plans or any other accounts or documents that would list beneficiaries on them, make sure you update your beneficiaries to someone other than your ex. Chances are you’re not going to want them to be the one who inherits the money from those accounts and policies if you pass away.
- Not signing over vehicle titles and real estate deeds: If part of your divorce involves you selling real estate or vehicles, make sure you take all the necessary steps to transfer the titles and deeds.
- Isolating yourself: Some time alone can certainly be good after a divorce, but you don’t need to feel like you’re on an island. Spend time with family and friends and seek the comfort of a social life.
- Dating or marrying again too quickly: There’s no specific time you should wait to date or get marry again. Just be sure that you’re mentally and emotionally prepared for it. It’s not fair to a new partner if you’re rushing into a relationship you’re not equipped to handle.
For more tips and guidance for getting through the divorce process in the best possible position, consult a trusted Long Island family law attorney with Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.