What do I need to do to prepare for my separation?
Preparing for your separation can feel overwhelming, however, taking some steps ahead of time can help you feel more in control of the situation. Here are some things you may want to consider when preparing for a separation:
Gather important documents: Make copies of important documents such as your marriage certificate, financial statements, and tax returns. This can help you be prepared for any legal or financial proceedings that may come up during the separation.
- Consider your finances: Review your joint and individual finances and start making a plan for how you will manage your money after the separation. This may include setting up separate bank accounts and credit cards, canceling joint subscriptions or services, and establishing a budget.
- Think about parenting arrangements: If you have children, start thinking about a parenting schedule and how you will make decisions for your children moving forward. Consider what will be in the best interest of your children and try to come up with a plan that works for both you and your partner.
- Take care of yourself: Separation can be a difficult and emotional time, so it’s important to take care of your physical and emotional well-being. Consider seeking support from friends, family, or a therapist to help you through the process.
- Do your research: It’s important to understand your legal rights and options during a separation, so consider consulting with a professional who can help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Remember, every separation is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Take the time to evaluate your unique situation and prepare accordingly. Book a FREE, 30-minute, joint, online consultation to learn more about the mediation process and how we can help get you started.