What to Consider When Contemplating a Separation?
Before you even vocalize to your spouse that you would like a separation, you should consider key facts and plans in order to make your separation as smooth as possible, for yourself, your spouse and even your children. You may not even know where to start, but Borden Family Law can offer a few ideas of what to consider, research and determine before making any decisions regarding your separation
Book a Consultation with a Family Lawyer
While the process of separation can seem overwhelming, a qualified family lawyer deals with these intricacies on a daily basis, and has the knowledge base to help you carefully craft a plan that meets you and your family’s needs. A lawyer can help you consider options that you may not have thought of such as mobility clauses to prevent the parent from relocating with the child, or obtaining exclusive possession of the family home upon marriage breakdown.
A family lawyer will make your process of separation as painless as it can be, and help you organize documents, plans, and negotiate an amicable settlement of all issues so you can move onto the next stage of your life
Consider The Future of Your children
If your separation will involve custody and access of the children, consider what is in the best interests. Things to consider may be: who can best care for the children? How will your work obligations and child care obligations conflict, if at all? Do you have a schedule in mind for seeing the children?
These considerations can be further complicated when there are allegations of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol abuse or child abuse.
Prepare Your Documents
Usually upon separation, the idea of preparing your finances and documents is the last thing on your mind. But, before attending a lawyer’s office be sure to locate important documents such as your previous three years of income tax returns and notices of assessment, a list of all assets and debts the family owns, a copy of mortgage statements and title’s to land the couple owns, as well as any other documents you think may be important to determine the issues upon marriage breakdown. These will be pivotal to ensure your lawyer has all necessary information regarding your case.
While separation can be a stressful process, with the assistance of Borden Family Lawyers we can work to make the process as seamless and painless as possible.