When a relationship ends, usually the initial phase is separation. If you are thinking about separation, call us for advice on the sensible legal steps you should take.
Whether it’s a marriage or a de-facto relationship, the first step usually involves one person deciding they want the relationship to end. This is often the beginning of a long process and some formal steps should be taken even at this early stage. The exact date of the end of a relationship can have a significant effect on the date you can become divorced, and how child-related, property and financial matters are dealt with.
Many couples will have a trial separation where they try to work through their problems, whilst others have already decided the relationship is over and simply need to communicate that to the other person. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, and it doesn’t matter who is, or is not, at fault, the law acts in the same way.