POST-DIVORCE CHECKLIST – Part II – LAWRENCEVILLE DIVORCE ATTORNEY – DOUGLAS W. LEWIS, ESQ.
Douglas W. Lewis, Lawrenceville Divorce Attorney – Gwinnett Divorce, Family Law, Legitimation, Paternity, Modification, and Custody.
This is Part II of the Post-Divorce Checklist series.
In Part I, we discussed essential actions that need to be taken in regards to changing your name, address, codes and passwords once a divorce is finalized in Gwinnett County or in any other metro-Atlanta county.
Post-Divorce Checklist Part II – Property Division and Insurance
- Promptly divide all marital property according to the terms of the Final Judgment and Decree and Settlement Agreement (if applicable)
- if title to property (car, boat, etc) is required to be transferred, then prepare, sign, deliver, and file the necessary documents required to complete the transfer -
- be sure to change the name on any asset that was listed/registered in both names such as a car registration or bank account
- change the name of the responsible party on the utility bills of the marital residence
- if a Quitclaim or Warranty Deed is required, promptly execute (must be property witnessed and notarized) and record same (deeds must be filed with the Superior Court clerk of the county in which the property is located; deeds must be filed with a PT-61 form and a filing fee ($10.00 for the first page and $2.00 for each additional page, but contact the clerk for the exact amount; make a copy of the Deed and have the clerk ‘file-stamp' it and give it back to you for your records; the original will be mailed to the person and address indicated on the deed)
- if a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is required, follow up to ensure that same is filed with the clerk's office, and that a filed-in copy of the QDRO is been provided to the appropriate plan/fund administrator and implemented
- open your own bank account and credit card account, and close any joint bank account and credit card account unless the Final Judgment and Decree requires otherwise (discuss same with your ex-spouse and ensure that all checks and charges clear before closing an account)
- if your house/motor vehicle/boat is required to be sold or refinanced, then immediately comply with the terms of the Final Judgment and Decree
- if a marital residence and/or real property is involved then be sure to strictly comply with the terms of the Final Judgment and Decree and Settlement Agreement in regards to any requirements to timely refinance a mortgage and/or to list the property for sale
- make sure that you are covered by health insurance, either through employment, individual policy, COBRA benefits or PeachState (Peachcare)
- be sure that your health, auto and life insurance policies are in order and are updated as required by the new circumstances brought about by the divorce; comply with any insurance requirement of the Final Judgment and Decree
- notify your auto insurer of any changes in ownership, drivers and addresses
- if COBRA health insurance is required by the divorce decree, then immediately apply for same or confirm that your ex-spouse has done so, and follow up to ensure the process is completed
- if your ex-spouse is required to obtain and maintain certain insurance by the Final Judgment and Decree then periodically request that your ex-spouse provide proof of same as allowed by the terms of the Final Judgment
If you or a family member or a friend have any questions about divorce in regards to a case in Gwinnett County, or in any other County in the metro-Atlanta area including Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, Walton, Barrow, Hall and Forsyth counties, then please do not hesitate to immediately call attorney Doug Lewis at 770-682-3765 for a free initial telephone consultation.
Lawrenceville Attorney Douglas W. Lewis has over twenty years of experience in Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Metro area handling divorce, legitimation, paternity and child custody cases, family law cases, personal injury cases, criminal defense, civil litigation cases and estate planning matters. If you have any questions please call the Lawrenceville office for a free initial phone consultation or to schedule an office consultation. You can contact attorney Doug Lewis by telephone at 770-682-3765, via email. Client reviews can be found on Mr. Lewis' Google + page and on his website.