Speaking with a Family Law Specialist early on, will give you confidence in your rights and entitlements throughout the process.
They will also be able to provide a range of outcomes will be available to you in your case.
Getting legal advice early help you avoid the many common mistakes people make when separating.
2. Be prepared:
Make sure you prepare yourself for the time when you do choose to communicate to your partner that separation has occurred.
Knowing what you are going to say and when you will approach the topic is a good start.
Thought needs to also be given to your living arrangements post separation and what finances will be available to you in a worst-case scenario.
Your lawyer may request that you gather some financial documents before your partner knows of your intention to separate.
Once you have made the carefully considered decision to separate from your partner, this needs to be communicated to them.
This will be a sensitive and stressful time for both of you so its important to be gentle and considerate.
Maintaining an amicable relationship post separation (whilst not always possible) will assist you with the future care of your children and make property settlement easier.
It is important to take note of date of separation as this may be important at a later date, such as when applying for Divorce.
4. Set ground rules:
It’s is important that thought be given to how the post separation relationship will work.
If there are children of the relationship how will the care for them be shared between the parties post separation? Will you have a parenting plan?
Where will you both live post separation?
What will be the methods of communication between the parties?
5. Encourage your ex to obtain legal advice:
This sounds counter intuitive, however if both parties have obtained professional advice as to what a reasonable outcome will look like for them, time and money can be saved in avoiding pointless arguments.
If there is a breakdown in communication you will also be able to converse between your lawyers, providing some much-needed space, in difficult times.