We understand that any relationship breakdown can be difficult and affect multiple aspects of your life, including your finances. We're here 24/7 to help support you in anyway that we can.
We've summarised some information about how separating from your partner can affect your banking and what to think about when you're reviewing your finances.
If you and your partner are separating you may have joint finances such as mortgages, bank accounts, savings accounts or loans that will be affected by the change in your circumstances.
You may also have joint insurance policies or bills that are paid using a joint account; these may need to be cancelled or transferred, or you may need to make other arrangements for payment.
If you have a current account, loan or investment in joint names you’ll need to contact your bank, building society or any other provider to make them aware of your change in circumstances.
If you have any concerns regarding access to or use of an account, speak to your bank or building society to discuss what options are available to you, such as freezing the account.
Freezing an account should be given very careful consideration. On the one hand it may protect your position while you sort out your finances with your former partner. On the other hand, any important regular payments such as loan or mortgage instalments may be affected.
Usually, once an account is frozen both account holders will need to agree to any further payments, withdrawals or transfers from the account.
The impact of separation on joint accounts can differ from one bank to another, so always make sure you get specific information from who the account is with.
Reviewing additional cards on a credit card account
If your partner is an additional card holder on your credit card account, you can choose to remove them. It’s important to know, until they are removed, you will be responsible for whatever they spend on the card (as well as your own spending). If you do decide to stop their use of the card, you should let them know as they may rely on the card for day-to-day spending.
If you have a mortgage in joint names, you will both remain equally responsible for meeting the monthly payments (it is not the case that each of you is only responsible for paying half, even if one of you has moved out of the property). If one (or both) of you moves out of the property you will need to let your mortgage provider know.
It is important to try and agree with your former partner how you will continue to meet the mortgage payments. If you think that you may have difficulty in meeting your monthly mortgage payments, you should speak to your mortgage provider at the earliest opportunity as they can often work with you to agree a suitable solution.
It’s always best to try to come to an agreement with your former partner regarding joint savings. If you are able to reach an agreement, it’s usually a quick process to transfer the money to accounts in your/their sole name.
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If you have a joint home insurance policy, you will need to inform your insurer of your change of circumstances and review your insurance arrangements to make sure they are suitable.
Whether an existing policy is in your name or your former partner’s, consider whether any changes need to be made to your insurance arrangements. For example, if you are a named driver on your former partner’s policy you will need to know if your name is removed so that you don’t unknowingly drive without insurance.
You may need to update your insurance company on your change of circumstances. If your former partner stands to benefit from your policy, you should consider whether you want to notify the insurance company that someone else should benefit instead.
Updating your will
A relationship breakdown may be an appropriate time to consider making a will or reviewing an existing will.
The information above is for general guidance only. There will be important detail that you can only get from the banks, companies or other organisations your finances are linked to, so speak to them individually about your change of circumstances. You can speak to us anytime on 03 456 100 100.
You may also find the links below useful:
Provides guidance on how to deal with relationship problems - citizensadvice.org.uk Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first]
Provides information around family law - resolution.org.uk Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first]
Support and guidance to help you through this difficult transition easier for you and your family relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-separation-and-divorce Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first]
A-Z guide on Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Divorce - gov.uk/separation-divorce Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first]
Support for single parents - gingerbread.org.uk Opens an overlay [Will show a security message first]