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by: Cary Jacobson, Maryland Attorney

The process of divorce marks the end of one chapter in your life and the beginning of another.
After the legalities are settled, it’s essential to create a practical and emotional “After Divorce
Checklist” to help you regain control and rebuild your life. In this blog, we’ll outline essential
steps to consider as you navigate your life post-divorce.

  1. Take Care of Yourself Emotionally
    Divorce can be emotionally taxing. It’s crucial to prioritize self-care. Consider therapy or
    counseling to help you process your emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
    Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can offer emotional support during
    this challenging time.
  2. Reassess Your Finances
    Your financial situation may have changed significantly after divorce. Update your budget to
    reflect your new income and expenses. Ensure that you understand your financial obligations,
    including any child support or alimony payments. If necessary, consult with a financial advisor
    to help you make informed decisions about investments and retirement planning.
  3. Review and Update Estate Planning Documents
    Revisit your estate planning documents to ensure they reflect your current circumstances. This
    may include updating your will, beneficiaries on insurance policies, and power of attorney
    documents. Remove your ex-spouse from any legal documents where they were previously
  4. Seek Legal Closure
    Consult with your attorney to ensure that all legal matters related to your divorce are settled.
    This includes any outstanding financial issues, property division, and the closure of any joint
    accounts. Legal closure will provide peace of mind and prevent potential future disputes.
  5. Change Your Name
    If you have chosen to restore the use of your maiden name, you will need to change it with all
    of the appropriate government entities including the Social Security Administration, DMV, US
    Department of State.
  6. Rebuild Your Social Life
    Reconnect with friends and family members you may have lost touch with during your
    marriage. Join social groups or activities that interest you to meet new people and build a
    support network. Rebuilding your social life can be instrumental in your emotional recovery.
  7. Focus on Personal Growth
    Use this period of change as an opportunity for personal growth. Set new goals, explore
    hobbies or interests you’ve always wanted to pursue, and invest in self-improvement.
    Rediscover your passions and create a fulfilling life for yourself.
  8. Maintain Boundaries
    Set healthy boundaries with your ex-spouse to ensure a smooth transition into your new lives.
    Determine what level of contact is necessary for co-parenting and respect each other’s need
    for space and independence.
  9. Celebrate Milestones
    Acknowledge your personal growth and milestones achieved since the divorce. Celebrate your
    accomplishments, no matter how small, to boost your self-esteem and reinforce your

Staying organized with our After Divorce Checklist can help you prevent future headaches and
work as a guide while you are taking care of these things sooner rather than later. If you know
someone who is going through a separation or divorce, have them contact Jacobson Family
Law today at 443-741-1147 or visit our website

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