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Support Network: Build Your Professional Team

The benefits of accurate and practical professional advice can make a huge difference to your final outcome in a separation.

Every divorce is different and you'll need professional advice specific to your situation to guide you through your divorce.

The benefits of receiving helpful and realistic professional advice during separation can make a huge difference to your circumstances, situation and final outcome.

Your team should include:


Your accountant can help you lodge tax returns, calculate tax refunds, establish and structure trusts and investment portfolios, and guide you regarding any business interests or dealings that you may have.

Family lawyer

Receiving the advice of an expert in the field and someone who understands the court process can be invaluable.

Financial planner

A financial planner can help you develop a strategy to assess and meet your financial goals or plan for retirement, as well as other significant life moments.


A psychologist could be a valuable support for you as you process the emotions that accompany a separation. It may be helpful to seek the guidance, advice and strategy for yourself as you navigate your new life stage.

Studies have shown that children benefit when both parents are involved and co-operating in their lives. Interrelate’s Building Connections® online program assists separated parents to have strong, healthy relationships with their children by helping to identify and separate one’s own needs form their children’s needs. Go to

Your divorce support network

Surrounding yourself with pragmatic and supportive friends, colleagues and family helps to lighten the emotional load often associated with separation. Allow your friends to see your raw emotions, celebrate your milestones and support you where you need the assistance.

Having the support of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals throughout your divorce confirms that you aren't alone – it will help to have a team behind you who only want the best for you.

Work closely with your bank

Starting your separation by visiting the bank can make the difference between having access to funds or (in extreme situations) being in a difficult position. Your bank wants to help you through your challenging moments and offer support – this can only happen when you reach out and inform us of what's going on.

Your visit to your local Westpac branch could give you and your banker the opportunity to review all the accounts and loans that are associated with you – including accounts that you hold with your partner, under your own name, or for which you act as guarantor. It could also be useful in establishing new accounts or cards, if necessary. Understanding your financial position, securing access to funds and limiting the future debt or liability is a significant step towards independence in your break up journey.

Whether you are coming into money (by way of new employment, savings, inheritance or financial settlement) or unable to meet repayments (or your mortgage, credit cards, loans or other), Westpac is there to help.

If you have any concerns about your privacy, Westpac will be happy to discuss them and offer appropriate reassurances, such as referring you to a new banker. If you'd like, you can  read more about Westpac's privacy policy online.

As your circumstances change, it is really important that you keep the bank informed. Provided that you open the lines of communication with us to discuss your financial changes, concerns and needs, our bankers are committed to finding you the right solutions.

There is so much more that Westpac can do to help you. Call us on 132 032.

Educate yourself on money management topics such as, budgeting, superannuation, borrowing, investing and more at Westpac's Davidson Institute where you can find live webinars, on-demand videos, or downloadable tools and guides to help build your financial confidence.