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Separating from your Partner or Spouse
Separation is the date that you and your partner consider the relationship to be at an end. Separating from a spouse or partner is a huge change. It is common to feel grief, anger and sadness during this time and it is important that you have support around you.
It will be important for you to get legal advice to help you navigate the issues that arise following a separation, such as addressing “where will the children live”, “who will stay in the house”, “what will happen with the joint bank accounts, cars and other assets or debts”. We are here to equip you with the knowledge you need to answer these questions.
Some couples may decide to trial a separation before concluding that their relationship is at an end. In these circumstances, parties may decide to seek legal advice about their rights and obligations. It is important that you seek legal advice regarding the division of the assets and liabilities of the marriage even if you are only considering separation.
Separation under one roof
Some parties may decide to separate under the same roof with the intention of attempting to work through relationship issues or because they cannot afford to relocate.
Information is knowledge, and the more you know about the legal ramifications of separation the more prepared you will be if you do decide to separate permanently. If there are children of the marriage or relationship you should seek legal advice regarding the ongoing parenting of the children so that if you do decide to separate permanently you are aware of your legal entitlements.