Managing a Separation


In 2019 there were 3.4million cohabiting families in the UK, making up 17.9% of all families.  Couples who live together without being married generally have fewer legal rights – particularly if they didn’t produce any legal agreements before cohabiting.

As a result many couples who live together separate without using a solicitor because there’s no formal legal process to go through.  Despite this the practical and emotional journey can be very similar to managing a divorce.  Legal disputes can still arise over how to divide joint assets or possessions and arrangements for your children. You will need to make some big decisions on your journey to a fresh start.

It is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed when a relationship breaks down and My Life Collective are here to offer help and support in the many areas that you will need to take care of. We know that having a better understanding of what needs to be done helps to ease some of the stress and confusion you may be feeling.

‘Separation’ simply means living apart and is different from filing for a legal separation or divorce. Whilst divorce is a complete dissolution of the marital state, legal separation allows you to live apart whilst remaining married and requires you to file a legal petition in the court.  Legal separation can take as long as divorce and cost just as much because it can involve a financial settlement and child arrangements.

Below you can see an overview of the areas where we can provide specialist legal, financial and life management services for people who separate. After fully understanding your individual requirements and preferences we will match you with the right professionals, facilitate the engagement of their services and manage the process from beginning to end. We use the latest technology to ensure efficient communications and secure document storage and sharing.

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Today I close the door to the past, open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in my life. 

– Anon