Surviving Separation

Podcast: Deciding to Split. What Now?

Ending a relationship is often an emotional, confusing and sometimes traumatic time. It can be hard to know where to start, and what’s next.

Ending a relationship is often an emotional, confusing and sometimes traumatic time. It can be hard to know where to start, and what’s next.

In the launch episode of the Surviving Separation podcast, TGB family law partners Jane Miller and Diana Dichiera talk about what to consider at the start of the separation process.

Increasingly, many people have started putting plans in place before they have separated from their partner.

“They’re certainly concerned about how to make a separation happen, what they’re going to do in the short-term, where they’re going to live or what will happen with children, how they’ll financially survive in the short-term, and of course they’re also worried about the long-term, what they’re life will look like once they’ve separated and how they will get their life back into order,” TGB Partner Jane Miller told Surviving Separation.

Ms Dichiera also warned warring spouses to try and control their emotions, where possible.

“Often you might suggest to a client, particularly early on if they’ve seen you after they’ve separated, maybe simply just to wait a little, let the emotion pass because that emotion can unfortunately come out in the way they react and respond to matters that might be raised by the other side (former partner),” she said.

“I often explain it as a business transaction … if you turn it (property negotiations) to a transaction that’s gone sour it’s a little easier to get through because you’re simply dealing with the matters at hand as opposed to the emotion that comes along with any separation.”

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