Ten Practical Steps to Take on Separation

by Peter Magee on October 8, 2012

Peter Magee

  1. If at all possible, remain living in the home. If necessary, change the locks
  2. Sever the joint tenancy on any jointly owned real estate
  3. Remove from the home and secure offsite any items of special or sentimental value to you, such as jewellery, family heirlooms, photos, as well as your personal financial records. Consider moving pets to a friend’s home or shelter
  4. Secure your and the children’s Passports
  5. Change your internet, email, phone banking and other passwords or access codes. Redirect your mail to your new address, a PO Box or a friend’s home
  6. Close or change signatories to joint accounts, having withdrawn money you might need. Open a new account for yourself and redirect your income into it. Close joint credit card accounts if you are the account holder and open a new one for yourself
  7. Secure the spare keys to your car. If your spouse drives a car registered in your name, move or keep it
  8. Change your Will, Power of Attorney, Appointment of Enduring Guardian and any binding nomination on your superannuation fund which benefits your spouse
  9. Notify the children’s school of the separation. Ensure the school gives the children any assistance they might need, and that you continue to receive communications from the school
  10. Seek legal advice as soon as possible. At Armstrong Legal we have 15 family lawyers, with offices located in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Parramatta, the Sutherland Shire and Wollongong . We offer a “no obligation” initial conference. To make an appointment at any of our offices, call 02 9261 4555

Some or all of these steps may not be appropriate to your situation. If you are unsure if they are appropriate, you should first seek legal advice

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