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Don't forget these tips when going through divorce: Part II

There is so much at stake in a Rhode Island divorce. From property division, to establishing child support and spousal support, to setting up custody plans, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Last week we discussed some tips for Rhode Island residents considering divorce, such as checking your credit report, collecting financial documents, changing Internet passwords and setting up a P.O. box. Today we are going to explore this topic further. What other steps should residents of Rhode Island take if they believe divorce is on the horizon or they are already embroiled in one?

The following tip is especially pertinent for Rhode Island parents. It is important to look at one's child custody schedule with a critical eye prior to signing the divorce papers. Make sure that issues such as pick up, drop off and babysitting are taken care of. In addition, instead of relying on memory, commit a child custody and visitation schedule to a calendar. This way, scheduling errors can be avoided and special occasions such as birthdays and holidays will not be forgotten.

Furthermore, don't forget about those retirement accounts. Sometimes during property division in Rhode Island, one spouse will transfer retirement funds to the other spouse in the divorce. If so, make sure the necessary paperwork -- such as a Qualified Domestic Relations Order -- is submitted.

In addition, many Rhode Island couples have made a will or other estate planning document while married. It is important to update these crucial documents after a divorce to ensure one's ex doesn't inherit. This same advice applies to life insurance or other investment account beneficiaries.

It goes without saying that getting a divorce is not easy. There is so much to think about when it comes to divorce and other family law issues, particularly at a time when one's emotions may get the best of them and one may not be thinking clearly. However, by staying focused at the task at hand -- and perhaps with the help of a Rhode Island family law attorney -- it is possible to protect your interests from the beginning to the end of the divorce process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How a Simple Divorce Checklist Can Keep You From Making These 10 Common Mistakes," Karen Covy, Oct. 12, 2015

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