Key steps to take after a separation or when contemplating separation

Review your Will
A relationship breakdown does not invalidate your Will.  If you and your significant other have decided to part ways, now is a good time to review the contents of your Will.  If you share children with your ex, you might not have any issues with your assets going to your ex on death.  But would you still feel that way if your ex had re-partnered?  If you don’t review your Will post-separation, you run the risk of your assets going to the wrong people on your death.  You don’t need to wait until you and your ex have divided up your assets to change your Will.  We recommend reviewing as soon as possible post-separation. 

Talk to your lawyer
Emotions run high during separations, and having professional guidance early on can help avoid arguments, and save you money in the long run.  A lawyer will talk you through the separation process, and advise you on your legal entitlements.  If you have children, your lawyer will be able to provide you with guidance and helpful resources to navigate parenting through separation.   

Don’t be afraid to reach out for additional support
Break ups are messy, and you will be feeling a mixture of emotions.  Engaging a lawyer early on can help with some of the stress and anxiety you may be feeling, but don’t be afraid to reach out for additional support.  Re-connect with family and friends; speak with a therapist; eat well; and make time for yourself.

If you have recently separated or are thinking about separating, please feel free to reach out to BCH Law to discuss how we can help you during this challenging time.

By Sharna McElhinney | Solicitor
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

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