I’m separating, what do I do next?
Here are five important things you should do after you have separated from your partner.
Seek advice from an experienced family lawyer
Take advice from a legal practitioner on your rights, obligation and entitlements. Take the emotional support and comfort of your friends and family members but not their legal advice, if they are not legally qualified.
Be prepared to have all your financial documents and other relevant documents in order, including:
- tax returns;
- business/company documents;
- mortgage documents;
- bank statements;
- employment contracts;
- superannuation statements;
- Trust Deeds;
- children’s birth certificates; and
- marriage certificates.
You should preferably save the documents on a USB device to allow for quick and easy disclosure, when required in the course of Family Court proceedings.
Change your passwords
Change all your passwords, pin numbers and security questions on all your personal accounts. This includes any social networks you belong to such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Limit any redraw facility on all joint accounts
To ensure that all joint accounts are preserved post separation, limits should be put into place on joint online banking facilities to prevent funds being overdrawn. Record your daily expenses account to account for the funds you withdraw from your bank account.
Avoid antagonising your separated partner. Vilifying him or her on Facebook or Instagram posts and making disparaging comments by email or text messages will merely create or prolong a dispute and could possibly be adduced in evidence in legal proceedings.
Where to get expert help after separation
Contact our Family Law Team on 9476 4499 or via our CONTACT page for a fixed fee initial appointment.
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