Divorce for Women: Settling Property Issues After Divorce

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After a divorce, divorce property should be properly split up. This means you should divide assets based on the agreement set forth and agreed to by you and your spouse, or the court-mandated division of property. For women, there are several important considerations for settling property issues after divorce.

Settling Property Issues After a Divorce

The most important thing you can do after a divorce is to comply with the divorce settlement and to ensure your spouse does as well. This means that if the house was still for sale when the settlement went through and it later sells, you need to divide the assets according to the property settlement agreement. If you or your spouse were responsible for signing over any other assets in the settlement agreement, now is the time to do this as well.

Another huge concern as far as property issues after a divorce is to cope with joint debt. For example, assume you and your spouse had credit cards or a mortgage in both your names. Even if your divorce decree declares that now only one of you is responsible for this debt, if your name is still on the debt, you can be held responsible by the creditor and if your spouse doesn't pay, your credit can be hurt. This means you should try as much as possible to separate any debt. Have your husband transfer balances from a joint credit card and close the account. If one of you kept the house, try to refinance the mortgage into that person's name only. If your name is still on your husband's car note, either insist he sell the car or otherwise pay off the loan, or be vigilant about making sure he is paying on time.

If your spouse in any way fails to comply with the court's mandates regarding property, child support, alimony, debt or division of assets, you can go to court and get a court order to compel him to do so. Coming to a divorce settlement agreement was likely a long, and perhaps expensive, process- once that agreement is in place, you are both obligated to abide by it.

You should also ensure to take care of other details as well once the divorce is final, such as changing the beneficiary on life insurance (this doesn't change automatically after a divorce) and securing insurance if the policy you had was in your spouse's name.

Getting Help

If you have any concerns about divorce property after the divorce, then speak to an experienced divorce or family law attorney who can help you understand and protect your rights.

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