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Getting Divorced or Separated

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time. Separating your insurance doesn't have to be stressful. We have been through this situation before and can help you and advise you every step of the way.

Unfortunately, this is not always easy with every agency and or carrier. Call us at Tanner Insurance Agency to help make your transition from joint insurance coverage to individual protection plans as smooth as possible. As you think about this transition, here are some important things for you to consider:

Auto Insurance

There are some important changes that will need to take place on your auto policy if you are going through a separation or divorce. We want to make this difficult time go as smoothly as possible for you. We will be there every step of the way to make these transitions quick and as painless as possible. We do also want to be sure you are both still protected properly.

Once your spouse moves out, you should update the garaging addresses and commuting distance of all vehicles. This is the first step before splitting the joint auto policy. You can not just remove the spouse as a driver or his or her vehicle or remove his or her name from the policy. There are specific steps that must be taken in order to legally remove a vehicle and driver from an auto policy in New York.

If a vehicle is titled and registered to both of you, then you will need to wait until the divorce is final to separate out insurance. Before changing over any titles or registrations, you should review with your attorney to see if that is possible.

Once the divorce is final, then you should get separate car insurance policies. Give us a call. We can spin one or both of you off onto your own policy or policies. If the title and/or registration is in both names then you will want to get that switched to the appropriate party. You will need an updated ID card prior to heading to the Department of Motor Vehicles. We can provide this for you and advise you of the steps that need to be taken to handle your unique situation properly.

We also want you to know that once you have divorced your information is your information. We keep all of the information you provide and every detail of your policy confidential. We can not, and will not, discuss your coverage, your policy, your contact or personal information with anyone with out your permission.

We represent a variety of insurance companies and can find the protection plan that best fits your new needs and budget. That said, if you choose to stay with your current insurance company, you'll be allowed to keep your credits and discounts for being a "Safe Driver" or a "Continuous Customer" even if you have to apply for a new policy.

If you have young drivers in your family, you should ensure that your children are covered on at least one, if not both parents' auto policies, especially if your kids have access to both parents' cars. Usually, if a child lives more frequently with one parent, then the child should be covered by the insurance policy of that parent. These issues are not always clear-cut so it is best to review the circumstances with us to make sure that the coverage is structured properly based on that your specific company's rules.

Your team at Tanner Insurance Agency can help you build a new insurance plan that best fits your new situation and works for your new needs and your new budget.

Homeowner's or Renter's Insurance

If you are separating you may not be able to remove your spouses name from the insurance policy until the divorce is final. If you are the spouse who is moving out, please give us a call to set up renter's or homeowner's insurance for your new place. Renter's policies are typically very inexpensive and can provide protection for your belongings and personal liability protection.

The last thing you need right now is unnecessary hassle. Allow yourself the peace of mind that you deserve, and get your protection plan in place. We're here to help every step of the way. Our conversations are always kept confidential and we make it easy for you: We shop multiple companies for you, and find you the plan that best fits your new situation and your new budget.

Seek Help from Experts

With so many variables to consider, the best way to make this transition as easy and pain-free as possible is to consult with an expert. At Tanner Insurance Agency, we know all the questions to ask -- and can help you make the right decisions. Our conversation and your business is always kept confidential. We are here for you. Give us a call so we can help you through this transition.