There is a sense of relief that accompanies the finalization of a divorce. Many California residents who have gone through this process feel ready to start their new life. While the divorce may be finalized, there are still things that need to be done.

An end of a marriage means that phone calls need to be made, paperwork needs to be filled out, and other steps need to be taken to divide assets, open separate accounts, and make other changes that signify that two people are no longer living their lives together. Medical insurance needs to be taken into consideration. For an individual who is on their ex-spouse’s insurance, they will need to secure their own insurance. This applies to medical insurance as well as insurance for vehicles and other assets. An individual who holds insurance for both spouses will need to be sure that their ex-spouse is no longer on their policy.

If a person changed their name when they married, they will need to take steps to legally change their name again. They will need to make these changes on their Social Security card, driver’s license, passport, bank account, and other places where their married name was used.

Assets will need to be retitled. When it comes to changing the title on a family home, this can be accomplished using a “quick claim” deed. This should be done as soon as possible. While a divorce may have taken place, if both spouses names are still on the home, then both individuals are still technically owners. Titles will also need to be changed on vehicles and other possessions.

Even though the divorce has been finalized, an individual may still want to work with a family law attorney as they separate accounts and go through other processes that will divide their lives. A family law attorney might help with things like property division, child custody, visitation plans, and more.