7 Common Traps of Separation
Separation can often be a complicated and confusing time. Most people don’t know where to begin. If you have just separated and don’t know what to do next, here are some of the common mistakes that can be made and that you need to avoid:
- Going immediately to mediation – many people believe there is a legal requirement to go to mediation (often at a Family Relationship Centre). That is not the case. You must get legal advice first.
- Deciding not to speak to a counsellor – there are usually great benefits in speaking with a counsellor.
- Thinking that domestic violence has to involve physical violence – the definition of domestic violence is much broader than that and includes harassment, intimidation and emotional and financial abuse.
- Failing to document a property settlement agreement. You must document your agreement.
- Not keeping a diary after separation – it is very helpful if you have a written record of events, including your financial arrangements, the children’s arrangements and comments that have been made regarding these matters, by the other parent.
- Not making a plan – having a plan minimises stress, while maximising outcomes.
- Not seeking professional family law advice. It is important that you get specialist Family Law advice for your own situation.
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