Unlike divorce, separation introduces several new factors. However, much like a divorce, a legal separation cannot be approved in a court of law unless the couple has been together for at least a year. This rule also applies to civil partnerships.


Understanding Separation

With separation, there are multitudes of factors to take into consideration. It can be a particularly complex situation, and you will be required by the courts to declare specific information.

For example, you may need to provide the court with details of where your child will live and the subsequent visiting arrangements that you have made with your former partner.

You will also be asked to provide information on your finances with your former partner, any child maintenance owed, and the new living arrangements of your former partner.

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What You Need To Know

More often than not, separating from your partner is an informal process, especially when it comes to making arrangements. However, in certain instances where you find yourself worried about the safety of yourself and your child, or you cannot come to a conclusive agreement over where the child will live, it may become difficult.

If you feel vulnerable or scared for your family's safety, then it is imperative that you involve the courts as soon as possible. This is crucial if you have been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of the person from whom you are separating.

Our experienced and compassionate solicitors will assist you throughout this period of separation, especially if your former partner is making it difficult to come to an agreement regarding children, finances, or living situations.


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