Ensuring you are properly informed about the divorce process and what to expect is a vitally important step – and there some good free resources you can access before engaging a solicitor.
The importance of ensuring you are properly informed about all aspects of a divorce before choosing the right road for you cannot be overstated. When it comes to family separation, so many people have opinions on it – and lots of people have first-hand experience of it. However, each case is different. What happened to your sister or the chatty man down the pub is likely to have little bearing on your situation or be a useful signpost for the route that you should take.
An experienced family lawyer is best placed to hear the details of your case and advise you of what to do next. However, it is worthwhile trying to learn as much as possible about the issues that will affect you.
Woolley & Co have produced a series of free divorce and family law guides looking at some of the crucial areas and aimed at arming those going through family breakdown with some of the basic facts about the process, their rights, the law and the likely outcomes, in plain English.
Free divorce and family law guides
Choosing a divorce and family lawyer – engaging someone recommended by a friend may be OK in some circumstances, but there are plenty of other things to consider and you need to find one that is the right fit for you. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure you have the right family lawyer in your corner.
Divorce: who gets custody – yes, we know that the concept of custody hasn’t existed for years, but most people still use that term and search for advice on it online. This guide will talk you through the current law and the possible outcomes for sorting out arrangements relating to your children, where they live and how often they have contact with the absent parent.
How to get a divorce – do you know the five possible grounds for divorce in the UK? This document will take you through what they are and give a step-by-step guide to the divorce process in England and Wales.
Parenthood and the law – you may think you know this but there are some interesting quirks to how the law views parents and who has parental responsibility.
Securing a financial settlement on divorce – the house, the bank accounts, pensions and possessions are all covered, plus how to make sure that an ex cannot have a claim on future income
Telling your spouse you want a divorce – this is a tricky topic for most. How you deal with this stage can colour the rest of the divorce. Handle it well now and it can save time, money and heartache for all concerned.
These guides certainly aren’t meant to be a substitute for legal advice but they should be a first step for someone thinking of instigating a divorce or if their partner has left. At least it will help answer some of the most common questions on divorce.