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There are a number of other things you may need to consider when getting a divorce, besides making an application to the Court.
Use this checklist to help you remember what else to do when getting a divorce.
You should change your:
If you share an email account with your spouse, you may want to get your own email.
If you are going to get a lawyer, you must make sure all correspondence is confidential.
If you are going to communicate with your lawyer via email, you must ensure that your spouse can’t access your emails.
If you are moving out of the property, you may want to:
If you are going to get a lawyer, you must make sure that all correspondence from your lawyer is confidential.
You should also update your driver licence and vehicle registration.
If you and your spouse were renting a property when you separated, you may want to:
If you are leaving the property, you will still be responsible for paying rent unless you remove your name from the agreement.
For more information you should speak to a financial counsellor.
You should speak to a lawyer about:
You should update your utility accounts if:
You should update your insurance policies, including:
If you have moved, you should arrange for statements and correspondence to be sent to your new address.
You don’t want your spouse to:
You should update your beneficiaries listed on your:
If you have appointed a Power of Attorney and/or Enduring Guardian, you may need to update these as well.
Contact Services Australia to find out if you are entitled to payments and services, or child support.
Get legal advice about spousal maintenance.
If you have concerns about your financial situation, you should contact the National Debt Helpline to speak to a financial counsellor.
When you separate from your partner, you will need the following information:
It will also be helpful to have the original or copies of the following documents belonging to you and/or your spouse:
If you or your spouse own a business or have an interest in a trust, it will be helpful to have the original or copies of the following documents:
Other things to consider: