If you and your spouse are either thinking about filing for divorce or have already done so, you may be wondering about the ways in which this life transition will impact you practically, physically, emotionally and legally. Certainly, divorcing your spouse will likely mean that you will no longer reside under the same roof. But what else does divorce accomplish, legally and practically speaking? The answer to this question may surprise you. Depending on how long you have been married, you may initially be overwhelmed by all the ways in which you and your spouse are currently tethered. Thankfully, an experienced family law attorney can help to ensure that when your divorce is all said and done that all legal and practical loose ends are “tied up tight.”
What Divorce May Legally Accomplish
Divorcing your spouse means that you are no longer legally joined, as a matter of course, under the law. But this does not mean that all of your legal, financial and practical ties are automatically severed as soon as your divorce settlement is finalized. In many instances, you must formally close mutual accounts, remove your name from mutual assets, change logins/passwords, rename beneficiaries, etc. before you and your spouse will no longer have mutual responsibilities and obligations. If a financial account, retirement tool, piece of property, digital account, consent form, estate plan, medical directive or other legally-binding document/entity treats you and your spouse as married, you will need to speak with your attorney about changing that status. Otherwise, you could potentially be held liable for any of your former spouse’s activity in regards to those accounts/assets.
When handled properly and with an eye towards “loose ends,” your divorce will legally and financially separate you from your spouse. But it is important to understand that many ties are not automatically severed. You will need to work with your attorney in order to make sure that your divorce is effective in all aspects of your legal life and your financial life. It may take time to take all of these practical steps. But in the end, you and your spouse will be freed of mutual obligations and responsibilities not associated with raising your children (if applicable).
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about the divorce process, divorce alternatives including legal separation and/or any other aspect of family law, please consider connecting with an experienced attorney today. Scheduling a consultation will not commit you to taking any legal action. Speaking with an experienced Arlington Family Lawyer, such as from Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC, will simply empower you to make informed decisions about your family situation moving forward. As consultations are confidential, you should not hesitate to connect whenever you have questions and/or concerns about your current situation and/or your legal options moving forward. A legal team has extensive experience dealing with a variety of family law issues and both amicable and acrimonious divorces/separations. They would be happy to help you explore your legal options and to provide guidance and support as you express your concerns.