As a Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyer, I have found that after helping my clients get a divorce, often times they still have questions. What I like to do for them is send them a closing letter.
This letter includes a certified copy of their divorce decree. Moreover, I address different parts of the Final Divorce Decree in the letter.
I thought it would be helpful to explain in Today’s blog post some of the advice I give in my letter. While I like to tailor my letters to my specific clients, some of my suggestions might be helpful if you have been through a divorce or going through a Texas divorce.
After the Divorce Hearing
- Paperwork – In my letter, I inform my clients about any remaining paperwork. For instance, a deed to the house or a Qualified Domestic Relations Order for a retirement account.
- Personal Items – I remind my clients to divide personal items if they haven’t already done so. Usually, there’s a designated time for this. Hence, I make sure to remind them of that date.
- Financial accounts – I advise my clients to update any beneficiary’s designations on any bank or financial accounts.
- 30-day Waiting Period – I inform my clients of the date their divorce was finalized. While many states don’t require a waiting period before remarrying, Texas does. There’s a thirty-day waiting period. During this time, either party can appeal the divorce decree, which would “reopen” the divorce.
- Enforcement of Property/Debts – In any case their former spouse fails to comply with the court order regarding the division of property or debt, they may wish to return to court to enforce Final Decree of Divorce. To enforce the terms of the property division in a divorce, it will be necessary to return to the court that entered the order and file a lawsuit to enforce the terms of the divorce decree.
- Vehicle and Home Insurance – I remind my clients to contact their auto insurance and homeowner’s insurance carriers. Make certain all coverage now is in their individual name. Basically, ensure that the carriers have correct addresses and information regarding the properties, vehicles, personal property owned by each spouse.
- Taxes – I remind my clients that we do not give tax advice. For that reason, they should contact a certified public accountant or accountant regarding any tax questions they may have.
- New Will – I advise my clients to consider preparing a new will if they haven’t already. This ensures that the people they choose will henceforth inherit their properties in the event of their death.
- Child Related Obligations – If children are involved in the divorce, I review the child visitation order with them. Additionally, I remind them of specific deadlines they need to follow.
- Child Support – If child support is part of the case, I explain the necessary steps to either pay child support or set up an account with the Office of the Attorney General to collect child support.
- Health Insurance for the Children – I clarify each parent’s responsibility for health insurance under the divorce decree. For example, one parent may be responsible for the health insurance premium, while uninsured medical expenses are split 50/50.
- Change of address – updates required – When parents have children together, the Final Decree of Divorce imposes certain requirements. Parents must update their information. It’s equally important to firstly notify the other parent when specific changes occur. These changes include: 1) Current residence, 2) Employment address, 3) Name of employer, 4) Home and Work telephone numbers.
- Name Change – If my client has changed their name during the divorce, I further explain what steps need to be taken to get their name changed, particularly on their driver’s license, social security card, etc.
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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyers
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding divorce, it’s important to speak with one of our Houston, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.
Our divorce lawyers in Houston TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC handles Divorce cases in Houston, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, Houston, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.
Bryan Fagan, a native of Atascocita, Texas, is a dedicated family law attorney inspired by John Grisham’s “The Pelican Brief.” He is the first lawyer in his family, which includes two adopted brothers. Bryan’s commitment to family is personal and professional; he cared for his grandmother with Alzheimer’s while completing his degree and attended the South Texas College of Law at night.
Married with three children, Bryan’s personal experiences enrich his understanding of family dynamics, which is central to his legal practice. He specializes in family law, offering innovative and efficient legal services. A certified member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, Bryan is part of an elite group of legal professionals committed to ongoing education and high-level expertise.
His legal practice covers divorce, custody disputes, property disputes, adoption, paternity, and mediation. Bryan is also experienced in drafting marital property agreements. He leads a team dedicated to complex family law cases and protecting families from false CPS allegations.
Based in Houston, Bryan is active in the Houston Family Law Sector of the Houston Bar Association and various family law groups in Texas. His deep understanding of family values and his professional dedication make him a compassionate advocate for families navigating Texas family law.