When people think about separation, they often say ‘I want a divorce’. Did you know that your property settlement and parenting arrangements are a separate process to divorce?
Separation is an important legal event. When a couple separate there is often lots of different emotions. The impact of those emotions can distort logical reasoning. Seeking advice early and determining the correct date of separation is essential. If you obtain proper and realistic advice from the outset, it paves the way for an outcome which is acceptable to both parties and, most importantly, any children involved.
A divorce is simply a process that dissolves the marriage – and is therefore only available once you have been separated for a period of 12 months. It is important to obtain legal advice to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the process.
Some people feel reluctant to divorce their former spouse – for religious reasons, family reasons or simply because it was not their decision to separate in the first place. It is very important to consider the implications of applying for a divorce, or remaining married long-term after the separation.