At the early stages of your separation, knowing what resources are available to assist you can alleviate significant financial stress. RMB Family & Relationships Law division reports:
At the early stages of your separation, knowing what resources are available to assist you can alleviate significant financial stress. It may be appropriate to consider whether you are eligible for any government assistance, and making appropriate enquiries with Centrelink following your separation will confirm your eligibility.
In progressing your financial settlement, having records of your payslips, bank account statements, superannuation statements, and other documents that confirm your financial position will assist in identifying your asset pool, and the ways in which you and your former partner have contributed to and built on your asset pool.
Negotiating ongoing care arrangements for children can be difficult at the early stages of a separation, particularly if you have moved house, or are minimising further disruption to your children. Rather than looking to long-term care arrangements, it may benefit the children, you, and your former partner, to look at short-term arrangements whilst you move through your settlement, and acclimatise to the changes in your living arrangements. It is appropriate to advise your child’s school of your separation and to provide information on the care arrangements for your child or children, so that the school can provide any additional support services to your child that may be available, and to reduce stress and anxieties to your child by knowing who is collecting them on what days.
A separation can be a difficult and stressful situation to navigate. There is a wealth of information available to separating parties, and other people will be very quick to give an opinion about their experience in separating, or that of their family, friends, or colleagues. Receiving appropriate legal advice at the early stages of a separation can assist in alleviating the stress of the situation, and securing an amicable resolution to your parenting and property matters.
If you are currently going through a seperation, our Family & Relationships Law team are here to assist in answering any questions simply by contacting us, We'll be able to help you via a quick phone call, or ask us a question via email.