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A marriage separation process has three elements;
There are important things that you should consider if marriage separation is inevitable.
If there are difficulties in your relationship look for a solution. It may be better to seek a resolution and seek advice to prevent a marriage separation occurring or to minimise the impact of a separation financially and emotionally if separation is inevitable.
Seek advice. There are experienced family psychologists who can assist you with the *** emotions you are experiencing. Become aware of your own and your partner’s intentions and emotions.
Seek advice from a counsellor to deal with your needs and your partner’s needs and the emotional hotspots you both may be experiencing.
Endeavour to arrange joint marriage counselling with your partner. If a counsellor cannot resolve your difficulties, counsellors may assist you to deal with your own **** or to assist you both with a respectful separation. Seek professional financial advice to structure your financial resources to minimise the impact of the marriage separation.
Joint (Collaborative) Mediation allows
Close all joint bank account as soon as possible and establish an account for yourself.
Commence negotiations and try to resolve financial issues before the goodwill between yourself and your partner dries up. Work something out while communication is possible and don’t leave it before it comes too late.
Seek legal advice and counselling before leaving the home. If you intend to leave the family home make sure you take all items of property including personal belongings that you will require until a resolution has been obtained. It is important to take with you all financial documents or copies of such documents which will be required if financial and property issues cannot be resolved.
Maintain a diary noting all important events, phone calls and discussions regarding your financial and parenting issues and noting negotiations or decisions that you may achieve.
It is important that you remain calm during all discussions with your partner. It is important to protect yourself against any domestic violence proceedings that your partner may bring against you.
Endeavour to keep the lines of communication between yourself and your partner open, amicable and civil wherever possible.
Remember that verbal agreements and written agreements relating to financial issues of property and your children are not enforceable if either you or your partner do not uphold the agreements which you have reached. Agreements can only be enforced by way of Consent Orders in the Family Court or by way of financial agreements in relation to financial matters.
Prior to taking the final step to separate from your relationship make sure that you obtain legal advice from a good Separation lawyer on the financial and emotional issues affecting both yourself, your partner and the children.
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