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Thinking of a post summer split?

If the summer holiday left you considering separation do you know what steps to take? Michelle Simpson talks through some of the things you need to consider.

A good starting point is to consider what it is you want from your separation or divorce and where you would like to see yourself in twelve months time. This can help you focus on what you want to achieve in the long term rather than getting stuck on the immediate situation and legal processes.

Put the children first

The primary concern for couples with a family is often the children. Consider the impact it will have on them and if possible, try to reach an agreement on childcare issues before you begin legal proceedings. Visit www.theparentconnection.org.uk for information, tips and videos to help you.

Most importantly, keep your children informed of the decisions that you are making for them. Try to keep them at the same school and ensure that they maintain contact with both sets of the wider family if that’s what they are used to.

Money worries

The second biggest concern is the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown. Dividing assets may not be pleasant but you need to make sure that you will be placed in a position of security. If your children are privately educated then these costs will also need to be considered.

Pensions, shares and any jointly owned business are more complex and will need to be discussed with a solicitor.

Taking legal advice

Choosing the right solicitor is important. You need someone that you can be open and honest with. At Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors, all the family team are members of Resolution which adopts a non confrontational approach to resolving family matters.

For advice on this or any other family issue, contact Michelle Simpson on 01625 531676 or email michelle.simpson@chlsolicitors.co.uk.

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