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3 overlooked things you should do after filing for divorce

Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can go through. Illinois lawmakers want to alleviate some of the burden by making it easier for women who took their husbands' last names to revert to their maiden names. The new law would make it so that women do not have to publish a notice of the name change in the local newspaper. 

There are various other ways to make the divorce process easier. In the immediate aftermath of your separation, you should carry out these actions that many people overlook. They may seem basic or unimportant now, but they will come in handy later. 

1. Remove jewelry and other small assets from the home

You do not want small objects to unexpectedly go missing. You may think your spouse would never do such a thing, but divorce brings out the ugly side in many people. You can move these items to a safety deposit box in the bank or keep them at a friend's house for the time being. 

2. Change your email and social media passwords

It is common for married couples to know each other's passwords. However, when divorce is imminent, you may not want your spouse to see every communication you share with your attorney. Out-of-context emails can look bad in court, so it is better to play it safe. 

3. Have some cash handy

Some spouses will freeze their exes out of all bank accounts. You can access those funds later, but you may need some money right now to deal with emergency expenses, such as spending a few nights in a hotel. You want to keep at least a few hundred dollars handy so you have some financial recourse. Divorce can take months to resolve, so doing a few simple actions right now will help you out tremendously in the long run. 

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