When you decide to separate from your partner – whether you are newly married or have been married for many years – it is a huge transition and will take some time to sort through. But you do need a starting point. That is why we have a few things that you should take into consideration when it comes to separating from your partner.
Change all your passwords
Today is the digital age where almost everything can be done online. This is why we highly recommend changing all passwords before you separate. This will secure your digital files from your partner and will be one less thing you have to worry about during the separation.
Continually check your bank account, as well as let the bank know about the separation
If you have a joint account you can’t simply go to the bank and close it without your partner. But what you can do is monitor your accounts and inform the bank that you are separating. They might even have some ideas on how to protect your money and your accounts.
Revoke any power of attorney
This is something your solicitor can assist with. Take the time to change the power of attorney at the beginning of your separation to avoid any potential sticky issues down the line.
Put your sentimental items in a safe place
If you have sentimental items you can’t live without, it is recommended you place those somewhere safe just in case an all-out feud breaks out.
Keep things as civil as possible
You don’t want to rage an all-out war, especially if there are children in the home. You want to try and keep things as civil as possible. Prepare yourself to be mentally and emotionally calm and cool during this period.
Hopefully, you will be able to make it through your separation with the least amount of stress, but just remember that through these hard times, that there are reasons why you are separating. Stick to your convictions and you will be get yourself through the whole ordeal.