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What should your priorities be after the divorce is over?

A divorce in Mississippi can be a long, drawn-out process. But, even in divorce cases that progress relatively quickly, both spouses can be worn out, financially and emotionally, from the process. When it is all over, there is a temptation to just put the whole episode out of sight, out of mind. However, there are a number of post-divorce steps that many people need to take.

So, what should your priorities be after your divorce is final? In all likelihood, there are quite a few. For example, the divorce likely altered your health insurance coverage. Perhaps, during the marriage, you were covered by your spouse's plan. If so, it is time to get your own coverage. Or, alternatively, if your ex-spouse was covered on your health insurance plan, you will need to notify your insurance company of the change in circumstances.

In addition, you may need to have the titles on some of your assets re-worked. Cars or motorcycles, for example, which were jointly owned by the spouses will need to be re-titled in your name only if the vehicle was awarded to you in the property division process. The same goes for joint bank accounts, which may need to be closed so that a new, individual account can be opened. Other important steps include changing beneficiaries on your life insurance or retirement accounts, as well as taking a look at your estate plan to make sure that it is updated for the new circumstances in your life.

Getting through a divorce can be a huge relief. However, Mississippi residents probably shouldn't be idle in the aftermath of the legal process. There are a number of steps that need to be taken to complete the overall process of ending a marriage.

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