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Suddenly single? How to protect yourself legally and emotionally
Northern Beaches Mum Stephanie Maspero works in a family law firm who often represent Mothers whose Husbands / Partners have walked out suddenly leaving literally nothing behind and at the same time demanding a divorce. A devastating and heart-breaking situation to be in, but in this article, Stephanie explains there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself legally and emotionally.
Don’t sign any agreements without legal consultation
Not signing or agreement immediately is a very wise thing to do and negotiation through a Legal Representatives can be an effective way to sort things out long term. A recent client of ours was bullied into signing a property settlement with her Ex Partner. It was poorly drafted and ended up being really unfair in that the property was not divided fairly and arrangements for her children were really onerous and just unfair on her. Because she signed the agreement and had it witnessed, the process of unravelling it took some time and was quite stressful for her.
Emergency application for Spousal Maintenance
If your Husband / Ex walks out and doesn’t leave any financial support, it is possible to put on an emergency application for Spousal Maintenance. This is different to and additional to child support payments. Spousal Maintenance is an order from the Family Court that forces your Ex Partner to pay your costs until you can support yourself. Spousal Maintenance is also available if you were/are in a defacto relationship.
You’re not alone
Finally, there are a number of fantastic support resources on the Northern Beaches such as the Manly Women’s Shelter. We have heard many amazing stories about them from our clients and can’t recommend their safe and secure services highly enough. They can provide accommodation for up to 12 weeks at very low cost (including meals) and can assist with all sorts of other matters from counselling and employment to long term accommodation. Check them out http://manlywomensshelter.org.au/ or give them a call on 02 9977 1066.
The Bringa Women and Children’s Refuge in Dee Why also provides similar support and their contact number is 02 9971 4499.
Life is not always smooth but I thought this Oprah quote was a beautiful end to this sensitive article “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher”. Stephanie x
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