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Separation can be a stressful and uncertain time and be overwhelming.   To help you we have put together a list of 5 key things to consider before you separate.

  1. Safety

Your safety and the safety of your children is always paramount.  If you are experiencing family violence or are feeling unsafe, you will need to take steps to protect yourself and your children.

Emergency safe accommodation is available if you are experiencing family violence and require help.  Safe Steps, is able to help you. Safe Steps have a 24/7 Family Violence Response line, 1800 015 188.

  1. Children

You and your former partner need to consider:

  • How will you tell your children about your separation in a way that will make them feel safe and secure?
  • How you will communicate with the other parent about the children?
  • Where the children will live and who will care for them?
  • How your children will continue their extra-curricular activities and other important events?
  1. Living Arrangements

After separation consider where everyone is going to live and with whom, including family pets!

Will you can remain separated but still live under the same roof but for how long and is it a health environment to remain living in.

  1. Financial Information

Practical matters to consider regarding your financial position include:

  • Make a list of your family’s financial position and all assets, liabilities, and super entitlements you and your partner have.
  • Open your own bank account and consider redirecting your income to this account.
  • If you are not the legal owner of a property, obtain legal advice and take the necessary steps to protect your interest in the property.
  • Change passwords/pin numbers for internet banking and social media accounts.
  • Contact Centrelink and child support to advise of your separation and confirm your entitlements to receive support.
  • Update your Will and nominated beneficiary on your superannuation account or life insurance policy.
  1. Support

Your health is very important when going through a separation.   You should obtain family and friends and seek professional assistance from a counsellor or psychologist is required.

You should also seek legal advice early as it can assist you to understand your legal rights, entitlements and obligations after a separation.