Becoming financially independent is not always straightforward. You may have to deal with problems from your relationship for some time after it is over and it may be difficult at first to get your own finances into shape.
It is important to tackle problems quickly to prevent them getting worse. Don't feel you have to struggle alone - there are many sources of free, independent help and advice – see Useful Links.
How debts in one name are dealt with very much depends on your situation.Find out more about Debts in one of your names
Whether you are married, in a civil partnership or living together, you and your spouse or partner are both legally responsible for the whole amount of any debts you share.Find out more about Joint debts
If you are concerned that your spouse, civil partner or partner is using money to put pressure on you, there are various steps that you can take to protect your position.Find out more about Financial abuse