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With a little help, living on our own is a situation most of us can adapt to. Whether this has come about as a result of a death or a separation, there are both practical and emotional issues that we need to deal with.

Separating from your partner

If you have recently separated from your partner, you may need legal advice on reaching an agreement about your property, finances and living arrangements. This could apply even if you were not married or in a civil partnership.

Mediation can help you and your partner to reach an agreement without the need for a court hearing, and it’s now compulsory in most cases for couples to consider resolving their disputes in this way before using the courts. It’s possible to use a mediator without involving a solicitor, but it is strongly recommended that you use a solicitor to advise you and to finalise the agreement you reach.

When someone dies

When you’re bereaved, you have to cope with a world that can feel as if it’s fallen apart.

In practical terms, your life may have changed dramatically. You may have less money, and have to eat, sleep and live alone for the first time, or be faced with household tasks that you haven’t done before.

Grief can make you feel many different things. It’s important to remember that these feelings are not bad or wrong. They are a normal part of bereavement.

Read more sbout the legal and practical steps to take when someone dies.

All local Age UKs provide services to combat loneliness. If you're feeling lonely, contact us for support.

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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