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3 Divorce and Separation
8. Making arrangements should you die
If you are separating or thinking about divorcing, you also need to talk to your solicitor about making a will. Your husband or wife is still your next of kin until the final decree of divorce, and they may inherit from you if you die and you have not made a will. If you have children, you also need to think about providing for them.
Do I need a guardian for my children?
Most parents would agree that this is the best arrangement. But there may be reasons why you would not want this to happen. For example, your ex-husband or ex-wife may have lost touch with the children, or you may have had a dispute about care arrangements for the children. In cases like this, you may feel that you would want another person (as well as your husband or wife) to have legal responsibility for your children, and you can put these wishes in your will, or in a simple signed document. However, you would need to talk about this with your solicitor first. When deciding who will have parental responsibility, the court does not have to accept what you have said you want, but it will take your views into account.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Imogen Clout, a solicitor specialising in family law.
Leaflet version: May 2016
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