Sorting out belongings, assets and debts after separation
Last updated: 19/01/2021
As well as your home there may be other property, assets, belongings and debts that you and your ex-partner need to consider. How your belongings and assets are divided can depend on whether you are married, in a civil partnership or living together among other things. It is always best to get advice.
Sharing your belongings
As part of a couple you may have collected possessions such as furniture, ornaments and even kitchen appliances that need to be shared when you separate. Items that have been given to either of you specifically will belong to that person but other possessions will need to be divided. If you are finding this difficult to do, particularly if the possessions you cannot agree on are valuable, it is best to get help from your solicitor although this could be lengthy and expensive.
Dealing with debts
It is advisable to seek help from an expert debt adviser or solicitor if you have accumulated debt while with your partner as it is not always obvious who is responsible for particular debts. A debt adviser will not only tell you which debts you are liable for but can also help you reduce how much you owe so get advice as soon as possible.
For help dealing with debt contact your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, local council or call National Debtline Scotland.