Separation or Divorce is a Complex Process
When a couple or individual decide that they need to separate, they are faced with many difficult issues. First, they have to deal with the responses that they, their partner and their children have to the separation. Then, there are all the practical issues demanding attention:
- setting up separate residences
- sorting out the money and property issues
- making arrangements for the care of children.
As separation involves making changes to so many aspects of their lives, people find the journey to a new life, home and relationship very difficult. This is true even if the parties are amicable about the need for the separation and how they should address it.
Relationships Australia has published two free booklets to help men and women who are going through separation and divorce. The booklets have been written to:
- help separating men and women make sense of their feelings
- help guide them through some constructive choices
- raise their awareness of some services that may help
Download the booklets now:
Women and Separation booklet (pdf)
Men and Separation booklet (pdf)
There is also a copy of the booklet, "Men and Separation", for migrant men, available in English and Arabic.
Family Dispute Resolution can help you make practical arrangements and decisions in your separation, especially around property settlements and the care of children.
Counselling can help you to be clear about the decision to separate or not, if you are not sure, or if you are having great difficulty coming to terms with the separation.
Relationship Skills Courses
If you need support and want to hear what other people do to cope with separation and divorce, a variety of Separation Courses are available. Some groups are for both men and women and some are single gender. These groups are valuable in helping the adjustment to being single and coming to terms with new relationships.
Further Information and Resources
This Relationships Australia Parenting Plan Booklet is a resource to help separating parents work out arrangements for the care for their children.
• Parenting Plan Checklist (pdf) - a checklist of questions that will help separating parents fill out the Parenting Plan.
• Quiz: What about the children?
• Family Separation: A Guide for Teens - advice for teens coping with separation, published by the Child Support Agency.