Separation & Divorce

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Separation & Divorce

A separation occurs when a couple's relationship breaks down and they decide to live apart. Couples who separate may either be married to each other, or they may be unmarried but living together like spouses in what is known as a "common-law relationship".

A divorce occurs when a marriage is officially ended by a court. Only married couples can divorce.

If you separate or divorce, you and your former spouse or partner will need to make decisions and arrangements about a number of different issues such as how to deal with your family residence and who will pay the family debts and bills.

As you know your children best, you are both better equipped to consider how your situation might effect them and make arrangements which best suit their needs. The breakdown of a marriage or relationship is one of the most stressful events in peoples lives. It is important to consider all options carefully before making decisions. There may be implications that you had not thought of.

With regard to the children, you will need to consider, and ultimately agree to...

  • Who should the children live with? Residence.
  • Who should make all the important decisions that will affect them in the future? Parental Responsibility.
  • What rights will the absent parent have to see the children? Contact.
  • What financial provision will be made for them? Maintenance.
     

We know its a difficult time but, if you can, keep a diary of events with dates and times. Include as much detail as possible like, when you, or your family, have seen the children and for how long, any verbal agreements made regarding contact and any time this is refused, conversations with your children that express their views or contain comments that concern you and any other information or situations that you may feel are relevant. This will be extremely useful later to your lawyer and others involved with your case.

Remember to discuss all your options with your lawyer and listen to their advice. If you need any help or guidance, contact us.

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