Getting a divorce is often stressful and upsetting for all parties involved, especially if you have children as a couple. The divorce process can also be time consuming and emotionally draining, even if you’ve come to an amicable agreement to separate.
There are a lot of practical matters to sort out when a couple files for divorce, including splitting their assets, deciding who will live in the marital home and the custody arrangements for any children. If you’re thinking you might need some extra help, a professional family law solicitor can help guide you through each stage of the process and offer practical advice about the best course of action. They can also represent you in court if necessary, so if you want to know more about how a solicitor can help you through the divorce process, read on.
The first steps
Your solicitor will ask questions during your first appointment, in order to get a better overview of your situation. They will cover areas such as why you want a divorce, whether there are any serious issues they should be aware of (such as abuse or addiction problems) and what your intended plans are for childcare (if applicable).
Your solicitor will then explain your options, decide what grounds there are for divorce and try to give you an idea of how long it could take and the cost. They can arrange mediation on your behalf or contact your ex partner if you’d prefer not to speak to them directly.
In the majority of cases, solicitors will work with you and your partner to reach an agreement voluntarily, so that you can avoid going to court. This will cover how you split any shared assets, savings, property and investments, and hopefully you can come to an agreement that suits both parties. A solicitor can also explain your rights and what happens to any property or assets acquired before the marriage.
Child custody is often the most contentious issue during a divorce, but solicitors will work to put children’s best interests first for an agreement that’s as amicable as possible. They can help you hash out practical arrangements, such as where children will live, how much time they spend with each parent and child maintenance payments. They can also help you arrange finer details, like where children will go to school or whether they will have a religious education.
Going to court
It’s in everyone’s best interests to come to an agreement out of court, as the process can be expensive, stressful and time consuming. However, if you and your ex partner really can’t agree, or if there’s a serious issue like abuse, then court proceedings may be necessary. A solicitor is there to represent you in court and help you get the best possible outcome.
If you need professional help and support during the divorce process, get in touch with the experts at Richards & Lewis. Our specialist divorce solicitors are on hand to guide you through each stage and we can help you get what you deserve with as little stress as possible. From division of assets to child custody arrangements or explaining your rights, we’ve got all the knowledge and expertise you need, so give us a call or visit our website today.