The end of a relationship may be inevitable and welcome to unhappy couples, however this doesn’t mean that each party won’t experience a sense of loss and grief throughout the separating process.
Acclaimed psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross says “Couples who have experienced a painful relationship breakup will often go through several stages as they cope with their loss…it’s important to remember that this is not a linear process where a person will go through one stage at a time. Human beings are complex and can experience many feelings at the same time or not feel some of these things at all.”
Stages of separation
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What needs to be considered
Whist this time can be emotionally taxing for each party, some immediate decisions concerning practical issues must be made. Temporary agreements are worth discussing until legal advice is pursued on the following;
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