Separation and Divorce
Are you or your spouse considering a separation?
If so, there is a lot to consider before you make any decisions or take any action. Regardless of who makes the decision, both spouses will be affected, as well as your family members. It is advisable that you seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible.
You may have to make short-term decisions pertaining to:
- Living Arrangements;
- Custodial Arrangements/Visitation;
- Making ends meet;
- Meeting financial obligations; and
- Managing debt.
Equally stressful is the division of assets and liabilities so that neither party's credit is harmed and there are assets left to be divided if a divorce is, in fact, imminent.
Ultimately, permanent decisions will be made by you, with or without the help of a neutral mediator or by the Court about custodial arrangements, child support, spousal support, the division of assets and division of liabilities.
Things you should change after a separation and/or divorce
(Changes should be made pursuant to a written agreement or Court Order)
- Power of Attorneys
- HIPPA Forms
- Medical Authorizations
- Property Titles
- W-4 Withholdings
- Social Security, ID Cards, Driver's license, military ID cards, passports, etc. (if you changed your name and/or address)
- Children's school records
- Security alarm information
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- Getting an Uncontested Divorce in Virginia
- The Ins and Outs of a Cohabitation Agreement
- Getting to the Finish Line in An Uncontested Divorce
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- Some Questions About Invisible Divorce
- 6 Reasons to Consider Mediating a Family Law Dispute
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- What are Grey Divorces?
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