After the Divorce is Completed
If you are unhappy with how the divorce finalized, you may wonder what you can do. After the divorce is completed, there are steps you need to take. If you want to change a divorce agreement, you are looking at even more steps to go through to resolve your issues.
After the Divorce is Completed | What Needs to Be Completed After a Divorce
Once the divorce is completed it is very important you take care of certain other matters. Change your will, healthcare proxy, and your power of Attorney. Make sure you designate certain individuals other than your spouse to take care of those very important issues for you. If you have investments and life insurance you want to make sure that the beneficiaries on all of them have been changed. If you had joint credit cards, you want to make sure that the cards are put into either your name or your spouses in accordance to the divorce agreement.
After the Divorce is Completed | Modifying a Divorce Agreement
The divorce agreement once executed and entered into by the parties is filed in the Erie County Clerk’s office. That separation of property settlement agreement is a contract between the parties, and it is very difficult to have that contract changed, modified, or rescinded. Contract law applies to this agreement as it would in any contract that you entered into in the business world. Parties are allowed to enter into bad agreements. Hence, it’s very important that there’s full disclosure, very important that you sit down with your attorney and you understand the agreement that you’re signing and executing before it becomes a finality.
When you sit down with our office, we’ll go over the financial circumstances; we’ll exchange financial information with the other party; and make certain that you’re comfortable with the agreement to begin with. However, should you want to change the agreement, it can only be changed under certain circumstances. If there’s fraud, misrepresentation, failure to disclose, you were led or told one thing and found out later on that something else was accurate with regard to a person’s income, with regard to their resources, then under certain circumstances we can have that agreement set aside or modified in a manner that will make it more equitable for the parties.
If you need help with anything legally after the divorce is completed, please call our Buffalo divorce attorney Randy Gugino today for a free consultation.