Just separated

Our information provides a guide to questions, issues and concerns you may have to consider.

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Your income after separation

It is likely that the money you have to live on will decrease when you become a single parent but there may be financial support from welfare benefits and child maintenance depending on your circumstances.

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Where will I live?

Where you are going to live after you separate from your partner is likely to be one of the main things you’ll have to consider.

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Sorting out belongings, assets and debts after separation

As well as your home there may be other property, assets, belongings and debts that you and your ex-partner need to consider.

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Making plans for the children

When you separate from your partner you both need to agree on how you continue to care for your children.

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Thinking about getting a divorce?

If this is something you were considering at this stage, we outline what to consider when considering a divorce.

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What if my ex-partner is abusive?

Domestic abuse is not uncommon. It is when one person in a relationship tries to dominate and control the other person.

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Help from a solicitor

A solicitor can obtain a legal order to help protect you from abuse. You may be able to get Legal Assistance to help pay for this service.

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Services to help with a separation

There are many situations during the process of separation when you may need to get legal advice. Below are some legal services that could be useful.

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Help to pay for legal services

If you are on a low income you may be entitled to legal assistance to help pay for the service provided by your solicitor or legal aid to help with the costs of going to court.