Separation Is Just The First Step Forward

Once you know your relationship has ended, it’s important to take steps so you can move towards your future.

At this time, you may not want to think logically, or plan ahead, but how you act now and the things you do today could have an effect on your future. By being calm and considered, you can give yourself a better chance of an easier (and less expensive) separation process.

Here's What You Need To Do First

  • Get some support

    Look after your emotional wellbeing and get support so you can handle what you need to do next.

  • Protect the irreplaceable

    If you can do so safely, you should try to protect the important things you own and cherish.

  • Change your passwords. NOW.

    Take our word on this one, we’ve seen people do some horrible things out of misguided ‘revenge’.

  • Inform Centrelink and Medicare

    Let Centrelink and Medicare know immediately so you can get immediate financial support.

Why Would You Need A Lawyer?

  • Get Good advice from the start

    Many couples make it through this difficult time without needing a lawyer to work on their behalf. We’re here to guide and advise, and we believe the best outcome is one you reach between yourselves.

    But regardless of how you get there, it’s important to get good advice right from the start. Whether you need us to fight for what you’re entitled to, or just to show you the way forward, we’re on your side.

  • Mortgage and debt management

    You and your ex-partner should work out a plan as soon as possible to cover the mortgage while you work out a final settlement. If your ex refuses to pay, it’s certain that the bank will expect you to cover it or foreclose. But we can help you draft letters.

    Let the Bank know you’ll cover it, or apply to the court for an Order that your ex-partner helps pay it. If you end up paying it all, we can help you seek reimbursement for any extra contribution you make at the final property settlement.

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Then Establish Some Boundaries

As soon as you’ve protected yourself, you need to establish some set boundaries between you and your former partner. It’s no longer appropriate for you to communicate with anger or insults, and you must not harass them with multiple text messages or phone calls, as this could lead to allegations of harassment.

We understand it’s incredibly difficult, but you must make every effort to keep your communication polite and business-like, particularly in front of your children. And while it may be hard at the time, it will go in your favour later on when everything has calmed down and you can look back on your actions without regret.

Transparent Fixed Fees For Peace Of Mind

We offer a fixed fee model meaning you pay for the work that’s done, not for how long it takes to do the work. You’ll know exactly what you will pay as you go, with no nasty surprise bills.

Read more about our clients’ success stories

Journey Family Lawyers has helped thousands of Australians through their separation.

Thanks again for all your assistance with this. It's been such a reassurance to have your advice. Shane
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Thank you to everyone at your office for always doing such a stellar job and making me feel at ease.
You handled my divorce for me at the end of 2017 and you were incredibly helpful and very kind. I thank you very much for your assistance both with this and my divorce in general. You were always a pleasure to deal with. Catherine.

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