Insurance changes to make after divorce
- Remove spouse as health care proxy
- Remove spouse as power of attorney
- Change beneficiaries
- Update accounts due to name change
- Remove spouse from insurance policies
Financial updates to make post-divorce
- Review your will, trusts, and estate plan, including beneficiaries named on life insurance policies and retirement accounts.
- Change your website passwords, your PINs, and ensure your account profile and contact information is correct. Update accounts if you’re changing your name.
- Close any joint accounts or change the registrations to ensure you’re not liable for expenses your former spouse may be incurring.
- Remove your spouse from banking accounts, investment accounts, retirement plans, insurance policies, etc.
- Change your beneficiaries on any existing accounts, if applicable, to ensure your legacy is protected. Your beneficiary designations on qualified accounts and insurance policies may take precedence over any instructions left in a will or other estate planning documents, so it's vital to keep them up to date. Check with your individual state laws to see if this is the case.
- Be aware how you file your taxes the next time, joint vs. separate, could also be impacted.
- Request and review a credit report to gain full visibility into your credit.