PUBLISHERS NOTE: This article on divorce was originally posted on January 19, 2013. I have now added the last 5 items. The list keeps evolving with the advances in technology and social media platforms and the advent of the legalization of same sex marriage. Thanks!
Attorney Mark Chinn of Jacksonville, Mississippi, caught my attention with a divorce post to his family law blog about some items that are frequently forgotten in many divorce agreements. Mark is the author of three American Bar Association books about family law issues and is a frequent writer and lecturer in the field of family law.
The first eleven in the divorce list were Mark’s, the rest were some that I have added.
- Garage door openers
- Gate remote controls
- Extra keys to car and house
- Security codes
- Hotel credit card and airline points
- Utility and other deposits
- Tax and insurance escrows
- Car tag credits
- Overdrafts on joint checking accounts
- Dates to carry through insurance coverages
- Attorney’s fees paid with joint funds
- Real estate escrow account refunds
- Important days not addressed in the Court’s Parenting Time Order
- Season ticket rights
- Country club membership and club access
- Storage unit details
- Dividing and copying family photos
- Copying documents, pictures and files from the family computer
- Providing change of address notification to Bureau of Motor Vehicles, support enforcement agency, credit cards, magazines, post office, etc.
- Cell phone account restructuring
- Review of auto insurance coverage
- Close joint credit cards
- Update estate planning documents and review beneficiary information
- Stock options
- Future health insurance coverage and costs
- Limiting online photos of your kids including privacy protections for your children in the Decree
- Adding mutual non-disparagement language in your decree about your former Spouse
- Securing a child’s passport to avoid possible violations of parenting time
- Making sure schools and daycare providers have your contact information
- Consider language to prevent revenge porn and/or damages for any violations
Now these are not necessary to be put into the Final decree but should be considered in your negotiations. I may add to this divorce list from time to time. Please let me know if you have suggestion to include!
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Robert L. Mues
Robert Mues is the managing partner of Dayton, Ohio, law firm, Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, and has received the highest rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Mr. Mues is also a founding member of the "International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce over 50" blog.