Tying Up Loose Ends after a Texas Divorce
Divorce in Texas can be hard, but once you’ve made it to the other side and your divorce is final, there are some steps you can take that will help you move into your post-divorce future with confidence. Divorce has a way of making people feel like they’re not quite walking on solid ground. The best path forward, however, is one step at a time. Naturally, you are very glad to have made it through the difficult process that is divorce, but tying up all the loose ends that come afterward is critical to your ability to continue to move smoothly into your new future.
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Tax Implications and Divorce
Once you have your final divorce decree, it’s very likely that your tax status will change, and it’s important to let the HR department at your place of employment know about this change. Fill out your new tax documents carefully because you want them to accurately reflect your newly single status and any tax exemptions you’ll be claiming. Who will be able to claim the children as exemptions after divorce is an essential component of every divorce involving children. Work closely with your experienced Houston divorce attorney so that you understand this issue and how it will affect your financial future.
Changing Your Last Name
Many women change their last names when they get married, and many women change their last names back to their maiden names after divorce. Texas law allows the judge can grant you this name change during your divorce, but granting such a change does not change your name on important documents, including government records. If you are in this particular situation, you probably have more official name-change maneuvers to make than you realize:
- Changing your name on official documents at work, including your 401(k) and health insurance plan
- Having a new Social Security card, driver’s license, and passport issued with your newly changed name
- Changing your name on insurance policies and other important financial documents
- Changing your name on your mortgage, credit cards, and other financial tools
Failing to have your name changed in a timely manner on these important documents can create significant difficulties that you probably haven’t even considered. Take the time to carefully go through the process of consistently changing your name across all of these categories, and you’ll make it that much easier to move forward post-divorce.
If your ex is staying in your marital home and is taking over the mortgage, make sure to have your name removed from that mortgage (and vice versa, if you are taking over the mortgage). If your name remains on a mortgage, you remain responsible – even if you no longer have anything to do with the home. This may seem like obvious advice, but not all divorced couples get this detail taken care of as quickly as they should, and not doing so can negatively affect your financial future.
Understand Your Divorce Decree
When you’re going through a divorce, your life is off kilter, and that’s to be expected. Your divorce decree, however, lays the foundation for how you are intended to move forward related to the division of your marital assets, the payment of child support, the payment of spousal maintenance (where appropriate), and more. Make sure that you understand what your responsibilities are so that you will be able to adhere to them and will know what to expect regarding your ex’s responsibilities. Your experienced divorce attorney should carefully go over your divorce decree with you so that you’ll better understand you and your ex’s respective responsibilities. Knowing what to expect can help ease the anxiety that comes with transitioning from being part of a married couple to living as a single person. In addition, understanding your ex’s responsibilities will help you better recognize if he or she ever becomes non-compliant – and when to seek a legal remedy as a result.
Exchanging of Property
If your divorce involves exchanging property between you and your newly divorced spouse, you will need to schedule and make the hand-off. Sometimes, this property is sentimental in value, and sometimes it has actual monetary value (or a combination of both), but part of moving forward after divorce is taking care of these details. Schedule a time with your ex to make the exchange, and do your level best to keep things as civil as possible. If your divorce was simply too acrimonious for you to feel comfortable meeting and exchanging property in person, choose a spot whereby you can make the exchange by dropping the items with a neutral third party. Everyone understands that divorce is hard, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find someone who is willing to help.
Every divorce is unique to its own set of circumstances, and as such, it’s extremely important that you understand what your divorce decree entails. While you probably won’t be needing your experienced Houston divorce attorney’s skills for much longer, take the time to go over the ins-and-outs of your divorce decree with him or her. Further, make sure that you understand the implications for your upcoming post-divorce life. Having this information will arm you with the tools you need to move forward with confidence and security. Your dedicated divorce attorney is there to help.
If You Are Facing an Impending Divorce, Consult with an Experienced Houston Divorce Attorney Today
The divorce process is never easy, but having an empathetic and knowledgeable divorce lawyer certainly helps. The right attorney will work with you every step of the way – from your initial consultation until you are ready to spread your wings and move forward into your new life, post-divorce. The dedicated divorce lawyers at the Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., in Houston, are here for you. Our experienced legal team has the skill, empathy, and determination to aggressively advocate for your rights throughout the divorce process. We are here to help, so please contact or call us at 713-781-7775 for more information today.