Have you recently separated from your spouse or your de facto partner? If not, are you planning to separate soon? A separation is a big, decisive moment, but it’s also only the beginning of the path to divorce. Consulting with separation lawyers in Vermont can help you navigate that path so that when divorce does happen, it’s as seamless as it can be. Your lawyer can help you prepare a ‘separation checklist,’ of sorts, so you can start preparing for divorce now.
The Separation Checklist: What to Do After You and Your Spouse Separate
At Eugene Naidoo & Associates, our Vermont divorce lawyers have helped countless couples disentangle their lives and prepare for divorce. Here are some of the ‘checklist’ items we always advise our clients to do after officially separating.
- Mark the date of the separation: After parting, you and your spouse are legally required to wait
12 months before applying for a divorce. Specifically, the Family Law Courts of Australia states that couples must have ‘lived separately and apart for at least 12 months’ and must have ‘no reasonable likelihood of resuming married life’ to apply for divorce. Marking the date of your separation from your spouse or partner, then, is vital to the rest of the divorce process.
- Determine living arrangements: It is possible to live together in the same home and still be separated.’ With that said, there are many factors to consider when deciding living arrangements as a separated couple. Is it safe or emotionally advisable for both parties to remain in the same house together? Are there children involved? Is moving out financially feasible? What effect would moving out have on your chances of getting the house in any divorce property settlement? You might consult a divorce lawyer in Vermont to learn more about your best options here.
- Separate other parts of your life: Even if you and your partner or spouse decide to continue living in the same house, you should separate other parts of your life. Bank accounts, credit cards, bills, insurance policies, deeds, vehicle registrations and wills are all things that might
change following a separation.
- Schedule mediation or negotiation sessions: A 12-month separation might seem like a long time, but it can be valuable to help you and your spouse prepare for a divorce. You should aim to sit down with your divorce lawyers in Vermont for mediation or negotiation sessions. These
meetings can make it easier for you to separate your lives and start moving towards an amicable divorce settlement. Asset division, spousal maintenance, and child custody are all things that we discuss in these sessions. None can be ‘set in stone’ without the court, but they can help pave the way towards a fair and equitable settlement.
Start Your Checklist by Meeting with Separation Lawyers in Vermont
If you and your spouse are ready to start your separation checklist, you should begin by meeting with Vermont divorce lawyers. To schedule a consultation with our team at Eugene Naidoo & Associates, give us a call on (03) 9762 2094.
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