Just because a marriage has ended doesn’t mean that the relationship or legal ties between the spouses are severed. Children, friends, family, and working in the same company or industry can lead to a continued familiarity between the divorced spouses, and when a death occurs post-divorce, there are several concerns that arise as a consequence.
If your former spouse has recently died and you are unsure about your legal rights and responsibilities, contact the Oceanside family law lawyers of Fischer and Van Thiel, LLP, at (760) 621-7101 to speak with a skilled and experienced family law attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities.
Things to Consider
After receiving the news about the death of a former spouse, there are many legal ramifications in addition to the likely emotional difficulties that you might experience. The consequences will often depend on your unique situation, but some of the common concerns include:
- Are there life insurance connections?
- Did the deceased have a will?
- Will this affect your custody agreement?
- Are there alimony or child support payments in question?
- Is there a question of inheritance?
- Did the deceased spouse have outstanding debts?
These are only a few of the matters that must be addressed upon the death of a former spouse. It is important for you to understand your legal rights and obligation as a party to the marriage.
Divorce is difficult enough, but when it is followed by the death of your former spouse, there can be an entirely new legal maze to navigate. For help understanding your obligations and rights contact the Oceanside divorce lawyers of Fischer and Van Thiel, LLP, at (760) 621-7101. We can offer the compassionate counsel and representation that you need in this challenging time.