The dissolution of a marriage can be a stressful ordeal, especially when splitting assets and fighting over who gets the house and who pays the alimony.
While sorting through your family’s car insurance is probably the last thing on your mind, it’s a good idea to get a head start and separate your policies.
(And although finding a new insurance policy can be difficult, you can always use Insurify to find and compare free quotes.)
If you’re doing a trial separation
Suppose you and your spouse decide to do a trial separation where one of you moves out of the house. In this case, you’ll have to contact your current insurance carrier and update them with the vehicle’s new garage address and your new commute distance.
If you’ve decided to get a divorce
If you and your partner decide to get a divorce, you will have to begin the process of separating your car insurance policies. While doing so, consider the following:
- Either you or your ex-spouse has to get a new policy: This could depend on several factors, but it might be easier for the policyholder to apply for the removal of the primary insured person (the person listed on the policy). The insured is then legally required to give written consent that they understand they’re being removed. If you’re the person who is being removed from the policy, you should have another policy lined up to start right before your current policy ends to ensure there are no lapses in your insurance coverage.
- Premiums change depending on where you move: If one of you is moving to another city or state, you might have to consider factors that could impact your insurance premium. Usually, bigger cities have higher crime rates that increase the risk of auto theft and damage, which could increase your premium. Moving to a rural area will typically have the opposite effect. In the same way, if the area you’re moving to is more prone to natural disasters than where you were living before, you may have to pay slightly higher. States also have different insurance requirements for minimum coverage, which you’ll also have to keep in mind when shopping for a new policy. Use an insurance comparison website like Insurify to make sure your new policy fits your needs and budget while satisfying minimum state requirements.
- Make sure your name is on your vehicle title: You need to be on the title of the vehicle you’re insuring. So before removing your ex-spouse or yourself from your auto insurance policy, make sure only your name is on the title of the vehicle you intend to drive.
Buying a new car insurance policy
Usually, insurance providers give discounts to married couples or offer one for multi-car discounts if you and your partner insure your cars under the same policy. So chances are you might have to pay higher insurance rates after the divorce. Then again, if your spouse had a poor driving record with multiple DUIs or at-fault car accidents, while your driving history was mostly clean, you may get to pay less than you did before.
We ran insurance quotes on Insurify, which gives you free quotes for your profile, for a sample driver. The quotes are for a 40-year-old female in St. Augustine, Florida, who drives a 2016 Honda Accord and recently got a divorce. Below are the quotes from when she applied for car insurance with her partner and when she applied by herself after their divorce.
|Insurance Company||"Married" Quote (Two drivers)||"Divorced" Quote (One driver)||Percent Change|
Whether you’re the person staying on the existing policy, or you’re the person who’s being removed, you should shop around for a new policy and make sure you’re getting all the discounts for which you’re eligible. Keep in mind the following when you’re buying your new car insurance policy:
- Your new insurance rate will reflect only your driving record: Since both you and your former spouse will now have separate coverage, your new insurance rate will reflect only your driving history and the car you own. So if you’re keeping the station wagon and your ex-spouse is taking the sports car, you might have to pay lower rates than them. In most states, except Hawaii, California, and Massachusetts, insurance companies also consider your credit history when calculating your quotes. If your credit score is better than your former spouse’s, you may get a lower deal.
- You could get a discount if you bundle your insurance policies: Insurance companies usually give out discounts when you bundle your auto insurance along with any other insurance policies you need, such as renters insurance or homeowners insurance. Whether you’re staying in the home you and your former partner shared, or you’re the one who’s moving out, it makes sense to bundle your home insurance with your auto insurance. You can do so on Insurify, where you can compare free quotes for your insurance needs and find out what discounts for which you may be eligible.
- You should add your driving-age kids to your insurance policy: If you and your ex-spouse have driving-age kids, they will need to be on either you or your ex-spouse’s insurance, since premiums for independent teen drivers are much more expensive. You should add your child to the insurance policy that covers the car they drive. If your child drives both you and your ex-spouse’s cars, add them to both insurance policies.
Divorce can get messy, and you might not have the time and energy to sort through the specifics of car insurance policies. Nevertheless, it’s important to separate your insurance from that of your former spouse and make sure you are no longer liable for their driving record.
Shopping around for a new policy can seem like a daunting, time-consuming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Use Insurify to find and compare the best and cheapest insurance quotes, whether you’re actively due for a new plan or just curious about ways to save. It’s fast, easy, and secure!