When couples divorce in Georgia, there are often a lot of details to be worked out. These might include the division of assets and debts, the sale of the family home and deciding whether one spouse will receive alimony. If the couple has children, the situation can become more complex.
Most couples manage to negotiate these matters. However, this does not mean that the work of getting a divorce is finished on the day that a court issues the decree. It is critical for both parties to tie up loose ends before moving on with their lives.
If one or both spouses changed their name after marriage and plan to change it back, they will need to do this as soon as possible. They should obtain a certified copy of the divorce decree and begin the process of recording the name change with pertinent agencies, businesses and organizations. This includes driver's licenses, Social Security cards, bank accounts, investment accounts, employer personnel records and insurance policies.
Speaking of insurance policies and bank accounts, it is also critical to remove a former spouse's name from policies, accounts and retirement plan beneficiary forms. A lawyer may help with the execution of a qualified domestic relations order, which allows owners of retirement accounts to designate another beneficiary after a divorce.
Security may also be an issue in some cases. This includes changing locks on homes and passwords on computers, email accounts and social media platforms. Both spouses should continue to check their credit reports regularly and ensure that their former spouse is no longer a joint holder or authorized user of their credit card accounts.
Individuals considering divorce may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client's situation and make recommendations regarding divorce-related financial and legal issues.