Elizabeth Hall outlines key issues to consider first!
The end of the summer holidays is a common time for parties to separate and it’s useful to give consideration to the checklist below if you are contemplating ending a marriage or a defacto relationship.
LIZ HALL’S PRACTICAL PRE-SEPARATION CHECKLIST
- Secure funds in joint bank accounts and any mortgage offset account
- Secure key financial documents including passport (both yours and your children’s), marriage and birth certificates, title deeds and wills.
- Secure any valuable items of furniture and prepare a furniture inventory. Photograph key items.
- Cancel any credit cards that the other party has access to and redirect your salary into a separate bank account held solely in your name.
- Obtain important computer records and make a copy of any important files such as information in respect of the assets of the relationship.
- Change all your passwords including PIN numbers, banking and email passwords.
- Arrange a new mailing address such as a post-office box.
- Review any safety deposit box items at your bank.
- Review any powers of attorney that apply to you.
- Update your will, your superannuation and your life insurance beneficiary nominations.
- Keep a separate diary to record any domestic violence or threats from your spouse.
- Obtain specialist family law advice.
Accredited Family Law Specialist and Principal at Hall Family Lawyers
Elizabeth can be contacted for legal advice on 9607 8247.
Visit www.hallfamilylawyers.melbourne for further information.