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How to separate

Deciding what to do when you separate

What you need to do when you separate from your partner including how to reach an agreement about your children and money, belongings and the family home.

Using mediation to help you separate

Mediation is a cost-effective way of sorting any differences you have with your ex-partner when you separate. Find out more about mediation.

Getting a divorce

You don't need your partner's permission to get a divorce but you'll save time and money if you can both agree. Find out how to get divorced.

Ways to end your marriage

Find out how to end your marriage. Divorce is the best, permanent way. But you might want a legal separation or annulment.

Ending a civil partnership

Information on financial issues, children and housing when a civil partnership breaks down, including the process of family mediation.