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Important steps to take when your divorce is final

Divorce is emotional and full of challenges and speed bumps you must overcome. Once you receive notice that it is final, you may wonder, “what now?”

While it’s time to start a new life on your own (or with your children), there are a few things you should remember to do

Help your children understand the changes

Regardless of how old your children are, it’s smart to continue reminding them that you are still a family. Listen to their concerns and encourage them to share their feelings about the situation. 

It can be beneficial to contact your children’s schools, speak to their teachers and let everyone know about the changes in their lives. 

Take control of your finances

Now that you are single, managing your financial situation is up to you. Be sure to review all the changes to your financial situation and even create a budget. You should update your will, trusts and retirement plan at this time too. Working with an accountant or financial advisor may be smart to ensure you have a solid financial plan moving forward. 

Don’t rush a new relationship

It may be tempting to start dating right away, but it may be a good idea to take some time and focus on yourself and what you want. If you have been married for a while, getting to know yourself again is smart. You also need to give yourself time to heal, regardless of how you feel about the divorce. 

Handling a divorce

Going through a divorce is challenging, and knowing your legal rights and options is beneficial. After a divorce, taking the right steps will help you set yourself up for a happy and successful future. 

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