Thinking of separating?
When a couple separate or one party decides the relationship is over there are a number of decisions that need to be made and practicalities that need to be considered. Decisions such as:
- Will you stay in the house together or will one of you move out?
- How will living expenses be paid?
- Who will get what?
- What arrangements will be made for the children?
Managing your separationLeach Legal suggest you consider doing the following upon or prior to separation:
- Make an appointment to see a lawyer as soon as possible. Knowing your rights early will assist you make informed decisions.
- Make interim, age appropriate arrangements for the children.
- If the children won’t be living with you make arrangements to see them regularly and have regular phone or skype contact;
- If the children are living with you make arrangements for the other parent to spend time with them and have regular contact.
- Consider what you are going to take if you are moving out particularly personal items, papers and documents.
- Redirect your mail.
- Change your email and online banking passwords.
- Familiarise yourself with your joint bank accounts and monitor the balances. (Assets and liabilities acquired after separation will be taken into account in a settlement).