Safeguarding Your Coverage: Navigating Insurance in Divorce
According to the American Psychological Association, the divorce rate in the United States has hovered around 40-50% for decades. Divorce is a life-altering event with far-reaching implications. Going through one is undoubtedly emotionally taxing. Still, it also comes with practical challenges, including handling insurance policies.
Whether it’s health, home, or auto insurance, the decisions you make during this time can significantly impact your financial well-being. It is essential to address practical matters like insurance to protect yourself and your loved ones.
In this article, we’ll explore what happens to your insurance policies when you divorce and important considerations during this complex process.
Divorcing couples often share a health insurance plan, typically through one spouse’s employer-sponsored coverage. After divorce, you’ll need new health insurance coverage since you will no longer be eligible as a dependent on your ex-spouse’s plan.
Here are some options to consider:
- COBRA: Following the divorce, you can keep your current health insurance coverage for a brief period thanks to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It’s important to understand that coverage through COBRA can be pricey, as you’ll be responsible for paying the entire payment, including the percentage your employer had previously covered.
- Individual Health Insurance: Shopping for individual health insurance plans on the healthcare marketplace or through a private insurer is another option. Take the time to compare different plans and choose one that meets your specific needs and budget.
- Employer-Sponsored Plans: If you have a job with health benefits, check if your employer offers health insurance and consider enrolling in their plan.
Divorce often involves dividing property, which can include your family home.
Here’s what you should consider regarding home insurance:
- Ownership and Responsibility: Determine who will retain ownership of the home or whether it will be sold. The person who keeps the home should update the home insurance policy to reflect the new ownership status.
- Refinancing: If the person keeping the home needs to refinance the mortgage, the lender will likely require homeowners insurance to protect their investment.
- Renter’s Insurance: If you’re moving out of the family home and becoming a renter, consider purchasing renter’s insurance to protect your belongings and provide liability coverage.
Car insurance is another crucial aspect to address during divorce, especially if both spouses are covered under the same policy.
Here’s what to keep in mind:
- Separate Policies: Each spouse must secure their auto insurance policy once the divorce is finalized.
- Vehicle Ownership: If you retain vehicle ownership, update the insurance policy to reflect the new ownership arrangement.
- Multi-Policy Discounts: Check with your insurance provider about discounts if you bundle multiple insurance policies, such as auto and home insurance, with the same company.
Additional Considerations and Next Steps
As you navigate the complexities of divorce and insurance, here are some additional considerations:
- Review Beneficiaries: Update the beneficiaries on life insurance policies, retirement accounts, and any other insurance policies that have designated beneficiaries.
- Notify Insurance Providers: Inform all your insurance providers about the divorce to ensure a smooth transition and avoid coverage gaps.
- Seek Professional Advice: Consult with a financial advisor or insurance agent experienced in divorce cases to get personalized guidance tailored to your situation.
Begin Your Path to Resolution with Truce Law
Divorce can be emotionally challenging, and addressing insurance policies adds another layer of complexity. You must consider the crucial aspects of insurance policies during a divorce to ensure you are adequately protected.
At Truce Law, we understand the intricacies of divorce and aim to provide guidance and support throughout the process. Our team of experienced attorneys practice collaborative family law, mediation, and compromise-driven legal solutions, allowing you to reach amicable resolutions without costly court battles.
Contact us today if you need assistance with insurance matters or any other aspect of divorce.