Divorce can be a painful and overwhelming process for many couples. However, with the UK divorce rate at an estimated 42%, it is a process which is becoming more common, so understanding what it entails is beneficial.
Here are some common divorce mistakes and how to avoid making them.
1. Lack of Financial Planning
It is important to work with your solicitor and a financial planner so that you can work out how much of the assets you want. If you are wanting to remain in the family home, or looking at purchasing a new property, you need to know whether or not this is affordable.
2. Discussing the Divorce with Your Children
Discussing the divorce with your children can have deeply damaging impacts on them. Children do not have the emotional maturity to understand adult problems and discussing it with them may leave them to feel confused or hurt by the situation.
The children need to know that it is ok for them to have a relationship with both parents and that they do not need to ‘take sides.’
3. Discussing the Divorce on Social Media
Although you may have lots of anger and negative feelings towards the divorce, it is important to refrain from using social media as an outlet for these emotions.
Any texts or messages written on social media can be shown in court and could be used against you.
Avoid disclosing any details you may not want the court to see.
4. Moving on Too Soon
Remarrying while the divorce is still in progress can have a number of implications on your current situation.
If you remarry without a financial order, then you may lose your right to apply for one. This means that you cannot rely on the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the fairness that this act looks to achieve. Instead, any applications would need to be made under the ‘Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996’, which is much stricter and gives the court far less discretion.
5. Doing it All Yourself
Gaining professional legal support can make the process run much more smoothly. Don’t add any more stress into your life by trying to do it all yourself!
Best Divorce Solicitors Near Me
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Operating since 1987, we pride ourselves on only offering the best for our clients to provide them with peace of mind and ensure their legal matters are properly resolved.
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