At long last, your divorce is final and you can begin to move on with your life, process the grief and rebuild your life as an individual, right? Unfortunately, many couples who go through a divorce do not anticipate the long-lasting effects and post-divorce legal issues that may require legal intervention. Even in the most amicable of divorces, the legal union that is marriage can have effects month to years after the marriage has ended. In this article, we will discuss some of the post-divorce legal issues that you may face and how to deal with them.
Child Custody and Child Support
If your marriage involved children, your legal divorce from your spouse does not terminate the relationship between children and your former spouse. As long as the child(ren) are legally minors, there will be ongoing legal issues that must be addressed. If you and your former spouse are able to co-parent and agree on child-raising issues, this is the ideal situation for everyone involved. However, the courts will likely be involved when deciding on child custody matters, especially if one parent becomes incarcerated, remarries, or moves out of the state or country. Courts must be involved with child support issues and can be involved with deciding on major issues, such as the education of the child, that parents cannot agree on.
While the division of assets is usually determined as part of the divorce proceedings, not all property distribution is as easy as one spouse taking possession of it. Legal issues that may persist include joint property such as real estate or retirement accounts that can take time to settle. Transferring titles can also take time. Sometimes, property that was overlooked during the divorce proceedings and then identified after the fact can be a point of contention and require mediation or legal intervention to settle.
A divorce does not absolve parties of debt, even if only one spouse accrued it. If the debt is in both spouse’s names, both parties can be held responsible and liable for it. If one party fails to pay, it will fall to the other and may require legal intervention to help settle the issue.
Once a divorce is final, each spouse is considered single and able to enter into a domestic partnership or marriage with another person. However, this can have a legal impact on the other party, particularly when alimony or child support is involved. Remarriage can affect the legal rights that one spouse has in regards to child visitation or custody and inheritance through a living will.
When you go through a divorce, it is always a good idea to seek legal representation from an experienced divorce attorney who can prepare you for all of the legal issues that you may not have considered. In Morris County, Bart W. Lombardo, Attorney at Law is a trusted divorce lawyer who can help you with all of your divorce and post-divorce legal issues. Contact us for your consultation today!