Separation Guide

Upon separation, you will need to begin dividing your finances with your former partner, as well as arranging the care of your children.

Follow our brief checklist below to help with your transition into separation. This is not an exhaustive list, so make sure that you consider you and your family’s specific needs.

General

  • Apply at Australia Post for a mail redirection.
  • Change address for Drivers License and Electoral Role, as well as other personal services.
  • Notify friends and family of your change in circumstance.
  • Explore counselling and Family Dispute Resolution services as required.
  • Get legal advice as required.
  • Other: ______________________________________________________________.

Financial

  • Open new bank account.
  • Redirect income into new bank account.
  • Arrange payments towards outstanding mortgages and liabilities.
  • Rearrange insurances for your new circumstances, and superannuation nominees.
  • Notify Centrelink and the Department of Human Services as required.
  • Commence discussion with former partner about property division, either personally, via Family Dispute Resolution mediation or a legal representative.
  • Document and list all assets and liabilities within your joint asset pool.
  • Get financial advice as required.
  • Other: ______________________________________________________________.

Children

  • Notify schools, day-cares and medical services of your change in circumstances.
  • Ensure appropriate facilities are available for the children at both parties’ houses.
  • Commence discussion with your former partner about the children’s care arrangements, either personally, via Family Dispute Resolution mediation or a legal representative.
  • Consider counselling and support services for the children as required.
  • Other: ______________________________________________________________.

 

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