Separation

If you break up with your partner, there can be various legal repercussions, so it's important to make sure you have all the right documents in place to minimise complications relating to the process of separation.

If you choose to make a separation agreement with your spouse or civil partner, this will ensure that most of the practical matters are dealt with in advance of the divorce or dissolution. Remember to inform everyone about your change of address when you move out of the shared home. If you own a property together under a joint tenancy, this may also be the right time to sever the joint tenancy and become tenants in common. If, upon marriage or civil partnership, you simply adopted your spouse's surname, a decree absolute (for marriage) or final order (for civil partnership) can be used to revert to your old surname. However, if any other name change was carried out, you can change it with a statutory declaration of name change. Finally, if you have a will, you should review it at this point to make sure that it reflects any new wishes.