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Tessmer Tips / 25.09.2015

Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #10 - Lean on your family and friends who love you.  Ask for help when you need it.  Have a girlfriend getaway weekend or gather the guys for golf or poker.  Make new rituals and traditions for yourself and your kids. Divorce can be emotionally devastating; it is natural to grieve. Allow yourself time to reflect and think about what you want your new life to be. Do what makes you happy!  You deserve it!...

Tessmer Tips / 24.09.2015

Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #8 - Put together a new budget for your single household.  Your financial situation may have changed drastically; knowing exactly where your dollars are going will be helpful as you start over and re-establish yourself.   Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #9 - See a qualified counselor or therapist if you are feeling as if you cannot move on.  Have your children see one, too, if they are having trouble transitioning to having two homes and separate parents....

Tessmer Tips / 23.09.2015

Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #6 - If you are changing your name, you will need to update your driver’s license, Social Security card, bank and credit card records, employment and insurance records, IRS records and your passport.   Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #7 - Obtain IRS publication 504 “Divorced or Separated Individuals” to learn info about filing status, exemptions, QDRO’s, etc.  Change your withholding allowances on your W4.  Execute IRS Form 8332, Transfer of Dependency Exemption, if required to do so in your Final Decree....

Tessmer Tips / 22.09.2015

Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #4 - Sign documents to re-title cars, boats, etc. and file for new titles with the appropriate agencies.  Record deeds to transfer titles on real property.  Notify utility companies of any new names on their accounts and file a change of address or mail forwarding with the Post Office.  Update auto and homeowner’s insurance records.   Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #5 - Update your children’s school and medical records with names, addresses and contact numbers for both parents.  Sign up for Family Wizard (or...

Tessmer Tips / 21.09.2015

Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #2 - Take care to change any personal and/or financial information needed.  For example: open new checking and savings accounts, update any automatic payments taken from your accounts, change your passwords to all online accounts and your email, open a new safety deposit box in your name only.   Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #3 - Revoke any Powers of Attorney naming your ex and make new ones.  Create a new Estate Plan (Will, Medical Directives, etc.).  Change beneficiaries on retirement accounts and insurance policies....

Tessmer Tips / 20.09.2015

We handle a lot of divorce cases. Yours may have been fairly painless - or, it may have been contentious and seemed to have dragged on forever.  Either way, now it is over and you are officially divorced, but there are still some details to handle. Stay tuned this week to see the top 10 things we advise our newly divorced clients to do - and don't worry, if you need assistance with any of them, we are here to help!   Top 10 things you must do once your divorce is final: #1 - Secure several Certified Copies of your Final...