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While there are countless books and
web pages devoted to the subject of
how to emotionally move on from
a relationship, local author Annette
Jones found that there was very little
information available on the practical
and nancial aspects of a break up.
"I've been married and divorced
twice and found the whole process of
property settlement, learning how to
nance homes, personal nance really
daunting," Ms Jones said.
"I tried to nd some straight forward
guide to the process and there just
wasn't anything like that out there."
Twelve months later Annette
compiled 'The Separated
Woman's Guide to a Bright
"I found that there
seemed to be set roles
in relationships where
men mostly managed
nances, so when a
down women were
and re-adjusting to
Anyone who has been through or supported a friend or family-member
through a separation knows it's a di cult time.
living o a single income can be really
confronting, especially for women who
have been in a long- term relationship."
"As a result women were either
struggling emotionally and
nancially when they separated from
their partners, or were staying in
relationships they weren't happy in
because they weren't sure what they
were going to do both emotionally and
'The Separated Women's Guide to
a Bright Future' s tips on property
settlement, superannuation and
personal nances while also looking
at the personal and emotional phases
women generally go through when a
relationship breaks down.
"A lot of women lose themselves in
relationships," Ms Jones said.
"Women often put themselves last in
the family unit; kids, hubby and work
come rst and as a result they often
they feel lost when it falls apart."
"This book isn't necessarily a 'break up
guide' or a 'man-bashing' book, it's really
designed to give women the inspiration
and information they need to feel
empowered enough to make the right
decisions for themselves."
The book also looks at the e ects
a break up can have on children
at various ages and outlines some
common behaviours parents can look
out for as well as tips on meditation,
soul searching and getting back into
dating and socialising.
While the guide is intended for
women, Ms Jones said has found
there is an equally strong market for
a "blokes version" of her book.
"One guy came up to me and said
'there's a lot of good information
in here, if you take the meditation
and makeover stu out it would be
great," she said.
"There still seems to be a very
strong perception that guys are
'tough' and they'll just 'get over it',"
"I think a book like this could really
help guys who are moving on from
relationships as well."
Ms Jones is also looking to start an
online group to get women who are
going through a separation in touch
with each other.
"I remember wishing I could talk to
someone who was going through
the process at the same time as me.
"Now with the internet, people
from around the world can log on
and act as that support system for
Anyone interested in purchasing a
copy of Ms Jones' book or would like
more information can visit: www.
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