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Making Changes After Divorce

There is an old saying: if you want to change your fate, change your name, your profession and your location. If you are going through a divorce your fate has already begun to change.  As long as change is in the air, here are a few other things you can change in the process:

  • Your name — If you want to change your last name back to your maiden name, do this when your attorney is filing your divorce. This saves time and money and gets the job done efficiently.
  • Your profession — Now that you are supporting yourself, it may be a good time to think about investing in a career change or adding a degree to your credentials. This is a time for remaking yourself, so there is no better time to create a new and improved professional image.
  • Your credit cards — Once your assets and debts have been divided, open your own credit card accounts with your own name on them. If you have balances due, transfer the balances to the new cards. You might enjoy a few months or more without interest when you transfer to the new cards as well.
  • Your friends — As long as you’re cleaning house, toss out the friends who have been less than supportive during your divorce.
  • Your décor — Pick out some new paint for your bedroom or kitchen and apply colors that are uplifting. Surround yourself with beauty and comforting images. Your kids will appreciate the effort as well.
  • Your attitude — Don’t let anyone else tell you how you’re coping. Decide you’re great and tell yourself every day, and pretty soon you will start believing it. If you need a little help with this, seek out a therapist or life coach to get your momentum going.

If you are divorcing and have questions about putting together the elements of your new life, speak to a divorce attorney about your options. The right attorney can help you navigate all the changes that come with starting a new life.

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