Separating from a spouse is a major step which affects people differently. It may cause a sense of anger, frustration, sadness, depression and anxiety. It is a time when you need information and assistance. Aside from the need to take legal advice to understand your rights and responsibilities, it is also wise to talk to trusted friends or family to help sort out your feelings.
You and your former partner will need to make some immediate decisions about practical issues concerning your children and your assets. Whilst you may not be able to agree on everything at the time of separation, a temporary agreement can of great assistance to you and your family. Questions for consideration will usually include:
- who will stay in the family home?
- what you will tell the children?
- where the children will live?
- how will the rent or mortgage be paid?
- what will happen to vehicles, furniture and other property?
- how you will support yourselves and the children?
Whether you have already separated, are considering separating or feel that your relationship is likely to end in separation, the time to sit down with an experienced family lawyer is now.