So, you’ve worked out The Pie—what’s available to be split between you and your partner, as well as how much things are worth or what’s owing on debts.

The next step is to split The Pie

If I can suggest, Step 1 is to start by going through The Pie to work out what’s agreed. For example:

Try and get as many runs on the board about these things that are essentially, noise. ‘Noise’ is the distraction from the big ticket things like—who keeps the house? What’s the payout figure that will be paid to one person? If you sell the house, how will you split the net sale proceeds? Will you split super or not—and if not, will that be adjusted or offset?

Those couples who successfully end up reaching an agreement and have an amicable divorce or separation, think big picture. They try not to sweat the small stuff.

One of other things to do is identify your interests—your needs, priorities and goals. These are the ideal things that you feel you need as part of a final agreement outcome. You should consider the reason behind each interest; why is it important to you? Writing down your interests and your reasoning why will help you and your partner to communicate with one another to reach a final agreement.

You’ll be surprised just how much work you and your partner will be able to do together, without actually even involving a lawyer.

We are able to give one on one legal advice. If you need to get a reality check about your expectations or interests or you simply want some more information, get in touch with us at ready@separatetogether or call us on (02) 6100 3629.

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