Handy Hints (16) – What to do when separating

17 March 2022


OSD Presents…Handy Hints (16)

Separating is daunting and what to do next is often uncertain. Here is some suggestions on where to start.
Separation is when one party tells the other that it is over. This can be done face to face or in writing. It does not have to be agreed.
Whilst the separation date can be important when negotiating a settlement you do not have to “register” your separation anywhere.
Newly separated people often speak to family or friends who have been through “it”. This “advice” is often misleading as each case is different . So go to family and friends for support, not legal advice.
You need to work out what there is to divide, so start collating all your financial documents such as tax returns, business documents, bank statements, super statements, and identification documents.
It is important to ensure all joint accounts are preserved, so make sure any offset accounts, mortgages and joint bank accounts require joint signatures.
Change all your passwords, pin numbers and security questions on your accounts including, social network accounts, like Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter.
Do not speak out publicly about what they are going through. So post on social media, text and email on the basis it may be read by a judge in court someday.

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