Don’t miss the first four parts in this series of checklists helping you address the logistics, accounts, finances, online presence, and healthcare changes that may need to be completed upon separation and divorce. Today is our final installment of the divorce checklist, addressing the logistics surrounding the most important and precious part of your marriage: your children. This list is sparse because children are not logistics, and their needs throughout the divorce process cannot be quantified in a tidy checklist. The to-do items that you can address relating to your children are below.
If you have missed parts one through three of this five-part series, be sure to scroll down to get caught up on our complete checklist of items to address upon separation and divorce. Today’s blog post helps you consider and think through all of the changes you might need to make relating to your medical records and healthcare.
1. Consider health insurance planning:
3. Remove your former spouse from HIPAA authorizations at your doctor’s office.
4. Update your healthcare power of attorney and any medical directives for healthcare.
If you need to update your healthcare power of attorney and medical directives, please reach out to our firm for a consultation so we can help you update these important documents.
In previous posts, we provided checklists providing steps for removing your name and responsibility from joint finances, documents, and insurance. In today’s post, we will cover what steps to take to address your online presence post-separation or post-divorce. In today’s world, so much is automated and saved on our devices. While you were married, your spouse likely knew or had access to many of your online passwords and personal accounts. After separation, you need to take steps to remove your spouse’s access to your devices and online accounts. The checklist below outlines various steps you can take to ensure your online presence remains private.
1. Change passwords:
3. Delete saved joint credit card or bank account information from virtual payment platforms (GooglePay, ApplePay, Venmo, etc.)
4. Deleted saved joint credit card or bank account information from online shopping platforms like Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc.
5. Create your own individual accounts for online memberships or cloud-based services like Amazon, Apple ID, iCloud account, Netflix, Hulu, etc.
6. Change your privacy settings on your social media accounts to share as much or as little with your spouse as you wish.
There may be additional accounts or websites you need to update after your separation, but this list provides a starting point. If you have any questions about your particular situation and how to address your online presence during separation or after divorce, please schedule a consultation with our firm.
In part one, we went over the tasks required to address the financial side of a divorce like removing your name from and closing joint accounts, making sure you received all assets to which you were entitled in the separation, and starting a new financial plan for yourself. In today’s blog post, which is part two in a five-part series, we provide a checklist that focuses on name, address, and important document changes. It is especially important to consider updating your estate planning documents to provide for your children and remove your spouse from inheritance provisions that may currently exist in your estate planning documents. Now, here are the most important items to consider regarding documentation and insurance.
Please reach out to our firm and schedule a consultation if you aren’t sure how to proceed. We will help you understand what actions you should take in your unique situation.
Lindsey Dasher is the Managing Partner at Dasher Law PLLC