Separation

Dos and Don’ts

During the initial separation period it’s not uncommon for emotions to run high. Things are said, actions undertaken. This is a critical period and both parties are well advised to stay calm, civil and in control of themselves.

Key words: If in doubt walk away, hang up. Disengage.

Here are some other things to keep in mind.

•    Do not take separation as an opportunity to run up the credit cards or load up on debt.
•    Do not surreptitiously dispose of property, regardless of who “owns” it. Anything acquired during a marriage is matrimonial property and must be divided equally or by agreement.
•    Do not drain the joint chequing account.
•    Do not stalk your estranged spouse online or in person. It may lead to criminal charges and complicate your divorce.
•    Do remain calm and if you are struggling with your emotions, seek counseling quickly. Most employment benefit plans cover this kind of support.
•    Seek legal advice quickly and follow that advice to the letter. There’s no point in paying a lawyer and then ignoring what they tell you.

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