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    michigan divorce decree Michigan Divorce HelpYour first order of business after your Michigan divorce might be to celebrate, but there are plenty of practical moves to make too that cannot be overlooked. If you want to truly get off to a fresh start after your divorce is final, be ready to take care of the following items immediately.

    1. Mark Your Calendar

    If you will receive child support or spousal support, keep a running tab of the payments your ex owes you. Mark your calendar so you know when these items should be delivered. Whether you’re expecting money every month, every year, or otherwise (like deferred compensation or retirement accounts), note them so you don’t miss out on your due.

    Keep a running list of all the things you need to do per your divorce agreement and when – deadlines matter. This may include refinancing your home by a certain date, changing names on utility bills or opening new accounts, removing his or her name from a joint credit card, or closing bank accounts.

    2. Change Your Beneficiaries

    Life insurance. Retirement accounts. Brokerage accounts. Your major money holdings have beneficiaries and if it’s your spouse, you’ll likely want to change that. Your kids can be beneficiaries but if they’re little you’ll want to talk to a lawyer about setting up trusts in the event of your death.

    3. Update Your Will

    Chances are, your current will has your spouse getting a major chunk of your assets in the event of your passing. If this is no longer how you want the chips to fall – and it probably isn’t – make the necessary changes to your estate planning documents and change your power of attorney too.

    4. Change Your Passwords

    Your former spouse may not know all your usernames and passwords but there is a good chance he or she could make an educated guess if they really wanted to get into one of your accounts. Your personal information is yours alone, so change everything from financial accounts to online shopping accounts, your phone’s password to Netflix.

    5. Review Payments

    Auto-renewals and automatic debits should be reviewed. You don’t want to keep paying for something that is no longer your responsibility. And if your ex was previously responsible for a payment, make sure you’re taking it over so service is not interrupted and you’re not incurring late fees for overlooking this new task.

    6. Notify Your Employer

    Direct deposit will need to be adjusted if you had it going into a joint account or if you’ve opened a new checking account. Health insurance information, emergency contacts, next of kin, place of residence – all the human resources info will need to be edited at your place of business. At this point, your supervisors and colleagues likely know you’ve been going through a divorce – being up front about the situation is important, though they don’t need to know all the dirty details.

    File for a Michigan Divorce

    If you are ready to file for divorce, schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer at Michigan Divorce Help PLLC in Macomb, Michigan. Get your divorce questions answered and determine whether our firm is the right fit for your needs. Contact us today to schedule your no-cost consultation.

    What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

    Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

    Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Michigan Divorce Help cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

    Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

    Personal Service

    At Michigan Divorce Help, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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