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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.


    John C. Whitbeck, Jr. practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Mediation, Arbitration, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, All Felonies, All Misdemeanors, Juvenile Crimes, Mental Health Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Education Law, Election Law, Debt Collection, Consumer and Lemon Law.

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  • Ruth M. McElroy


    Ruth M. McElroy practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Pre and Post Marital Agreements, Domestic Violence, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Juvenile Crimes, Felony and Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Debt Collection, Civil and Business Litigation. She serves the Virginia Court system as a Guardian ad litem.

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  • Jennifer D. Cisneros


    Jennifer D. Cisneros practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crimes, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, Trusts, Civil and Business Litigation and Debt Collection.

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Post-Divorce Checklist in Virginia


Once your Virginia divorce is finalized, it’s not uncommon to want to put everything to do with that relationship and divorce behind you. However, just because the divorce is finalized, it doesn’t mean everything is complete. There are still things you need to do, especially if there are children involved.

First, you want to obtain several certified copies of the final divorce decree. It’s also important to review all the completed paperwork with your Virginia divorce attorney so you are clear on what you need to do as outlined in the settlement agreement.

In addition, creating a checklist can be helpful to ensure you address all the tasks that need to be completed after your divorce. Below you’ll find a few common things you may want to include on your own post-divorce checklist.

Financial Accounts

  • Close joint accounts once final payments and checks have cleared
  • Close joint credit card accounts
  • Open your own checking and/or savings accounts
  • Open your own credit cards
  • Change your insurance policies and retirement accounts to reflect a new beneficiary
  • Revoke any existing powers of attorney
  • Change passwords to all your online accounts
  • Discuss new estate planning documents, like a will or living trust
  • Wait 30 days and request your credit report to verify joint accounts are closed
  • Request a final invoice from your attorney

Name Change

  • Visit the DMV and have your driver’s license and vehicle registration name changed
  • Update your social security card with your new/former name
  • Get a new passport
  • Update your bank accounts, credit cards, insurance records, employment records
  • If you hold any professional licenses, get them updated
  • Update any IRS records

Property and Assets

  • Record any deeds to transfer title as ordered in the settlement agreement
  • Contact utility companies and advise of name updates
  • Get any funds held in escrow returned or transferred
  • Sign documents to vehicles, boats, RVs, etc. into your individual names and get new title with the DMV
  • If you are moving, be sure to file a change of address and mail forwarding with the United States Postal Service
  • Make sure any retirement accounts have been divided according to the court’s ruling or your divorce agreement


  • If you need to secure COBRA or your own health coverage, start that process
  • If your ex-spouse was on your employer-issued policy, notify them of your change in status
  • Update any other insurance policies you may have, like homeowner, auto, flood, etc.
  • As mentioned under name change, be sure to change beneficiaries on all insurance policies


Once you are divorced, you will need to consider the tax implications of your new filing status. You may need to change your withholding allowances at work. Check the IRS withholding calculator to figure out what your new rate will be and whether quarterly payments will be required because of alimony or being self-employed. If required under the terms of your settlement agreement, complete a Transfer of Dependency Exemption (IRS Form 8332).

Retaining a Virginia Divorce Attorney

If you have any questions about divorcing in Virginia or what needs to be completed once your divorce is finalized, contact our knowledgeable team at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC online or call our office at 703-997-4982 to schedule a consultation.



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