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A Handy Pre-Separation Checklist

Thinking about leaving your partner? Plan before you act! Download our handy checklist detailing the things to consider before leaving your partner.

If you are married or are living with your partner and have children, property or assets together, there are legal, financial and practical implications for ending your relationship that you need to consider - as well as looking after your emotional and physical well-being. Before you act (and ideally even before you discuss separating with your partner), you need to understand your legal rights, obligations and entitlements and put in place a sound plan for when and how you leave.

This is especially important if you are dealing with family violence and are fearful of what might happen when discussing this with your partner. 

Our handy checklist covers the things you need to consider before you separate from your partner.


  • Understand the issues you need to consider before separating
  • Helps you prepare a plan for separation to protect your best interests (and those of your family)

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Shane Williams

Partner - Wills & Estate and Family Lawyer

Shane Williams is a Partner at Tonkin Legal Group. He specialises in helping people plan their Estates and is a highly experienced Family Lawyer.

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St John Heath

Partner - Accredited Specialist in Family Law

St John Heath is a Partner at Tonkin Legal Group and a leading Family Lawyer in Victoria.

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