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Action to take when a relationship ends

For detailed step-by-step advice on everything from benefits and tax credits to childcare and your wellbeing, sign up for the email reminders in our guide to separation.

There is a lot to think about when a relationship ends, especially when you have children. You may be worried about money, where you will live and what the future holds. There can also be difficult issues to address with your ex-partner, such as working out arrangements for your children. As well as sorting out the practicalities, it is important to remember your emotional needs and those of your children, and to get support if you need it.

This factsheet has checklists of things to think about and do when a relationship ends, and how to decide what to tackle first. Contact details for useful organisations are in the list at the end of this factsheet.

If you have come from abroad you should get advice from an immigration specialist; you may not be entitled to the benefits mentioned in this factsheet, and your separation may affect your immigration status. See the list at the end of this factsheet for organisations that can help.

To discuss your particular circumstances, call the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free.

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