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What Happens to My Life Insurance If I Get Divorced?
What Happens to My Life Insurance If I Get Divorced?
04 Feb 2020

A divorce may end amicably for some couples but for others, it could be arduous. Through the legal implication, fees, and adapting to a new situation it is easy to forget about how a divorce can affect your life cover. Here is what you need to consider about your life cover when getting a divorce.

Update your beneficiaries

Keeping your life cover up to date ensures that your beneficiaries are protected financially. A divorce means you will have to consider updating your life cover by removing your spouse.


Removing your spouse from your will does not necessarily mean that they will be removed from your life cover. Remember to call your insurer to make the changes to your life cover to get everything on the right track.


There is no limitation to when you can update your policy, but it's advisable to do this as soon as possible.


Upgrading your life insurance policy

Not only is a divorce emotionally taxing on everyone involved, but it also means that you will have to adapt your finances to the new situation. The same goes for your life insurance policy. People who are coming from a two-income household will have to consider how to adapt to a single income household. 


Check your life cover to see if your cover is adequate to cover you and your loved one's financial needs. One phone call to your insurer will help you increase the cover amount should you feel it is not adequate.


Change your debit orders

Most couples split expenses between themselves. In the light of a divorce, this means that your financial portfolios will have to adapt accordingly. This means it's time to review your debit orders and shared accounts to ensure that these are split accordingly and whatever debts need to be paid off are paid by the right party.

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