Going through a divorce is a stressful and emotional time for anyone.
When there are so many different aspects of your life to sort out, it can be difficult to think clearly.
Try not to get overwhelmed and if you’re not sure what to do, see a lawyer.
A lawyer will guide you through the process step by step, and offer advice along the way.
If you think you might be headed for a divorce, here are some tips to help make the process as quick and easy as possible.
1. Mediation is a great way to resolve matters, but make sure you get legal advice first.
2. Write everything down. This includes any verbal agreements, whether financial or about the children. Confirm agreements by email or text and keep diary notes.
3. Most written agreements are not binding so see a lawyer about making your agreement binding.
4. Stay focussed on the needs of your children. Don’t let issues with your former partner impact on them.
5. Take all of your financial records before separation including electronic and make copies. Tracing bank accounts, superannuation and financial information can be expensive. It’s better to have as must information as possible before going into a property settlement.
6. Cancel joint credit cards and bank accounts. If you can’t cancel them, see if your bank will change the line of credit so that both of you need to sign.
7. Negotiate with banks early if you are having trouble with the mortgage or other debt. Banks will usually be quite willing to give you some flexibility with payments if you are actively trying to settle property.
8. Stay off Facebook and other social media as it could be used against you. Avoid posting anything negative about your ex partner and don’t post pictures from social events particularly where you’re out drinking.
9. Get advice on how Centrelink works. You may be eligible for parenting payments or other assistance.
10. Divide furniture and other household items as early as possible. If you leave something behind, you may not have a second chance to get it later.