However daunting and tedious, collating documents is the best place to start to help with the rest of the divorce process. Lawyers will require you to provide your marriage and children’s birth certificates, bank account statements, investment statements, loan and mortgage statements and superannuation statements. Other miscellaneous provisions such as insurance policies, tax records, utility bills, property documents and government benefit documents may need to be collected as well.
Dividing assets and caring for children
It is incredibly important to take time to make important decisions. Making a list of the assets you both own and liabilities can make it easier for you to divide your assets. Similarly, time should be taken on how to care for your children. If you are unable to agree on appropriate parenting arrangements following separation, you should seek a qualified Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) practitioner. You should also contact Services Australia to seek more information about the amount of child support payable in particular circumstances, and the benefits that can be claimed for by separated parents.
Some divorces may occur due to violence. To protect yourself and your family, call 000 if you are in danger or to retrieve an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) against your partner.
Work out what happens to your income and expenses after divorce
If you pay a mortgage, make sure to speak to your lender and let them know that you are separated. They may allow you to make an application for financial hardship, which reduces mortgage payments to interest only.
Prepare a budget that does not involve your partner, and work out your income and expenses. You can also contact Services Australia to see if you can apply for government financial assistance. You should speak to a family lawyer regarding spousal maintenance, and their obligation to support you financially following the separation. Consulting a family lawyer at our firm can help you formulate a clear plan and understanding of the procedures, reducing stress and ensuring the best outcome for your family.
If you or someone you know wish to discuss this matter further, then please contact our experienced solicitors at 02 8999 9809 for assistance.