Getting divorced doesn’t invalidate your Will, but your ex-spouse is treated as if they had died, removing them as a beneficiary of your estate. If they were your only named beneficiary then you will be treated as “intestate”, or dying without a Will, and this means that your assets may not go to those you intend.
If you are divorced but haven’t yet divided up your assets (for example your former marital home) then this could mean large sums of money going to the wrong place. To find out more about what happens when you die without a Will, read our detailed article here.
Another issue arises if your former spouse receives financial support from you (for example child maintenance) and you don’t provide for them in a new Will. They could then make a claim against your estate for money to continue that support.
A further pitfall comes along if you re-marry, as this will invalidate any old Wills. If you forget to make a new Will, the majority of your assets will automatically go to your new spouse and children from your first marriage may receive far less than you had intended.