Divorce advice to a friend from our family lawyers
Family lawyers at Woolley & Co
Rebeccca Franklin, divorce lawyer Birmingham
If a best friend came to me and said that they were contemplating divorce my first response would be to really think about it. There is on rush obviously a divorce is a huge decision.
Kate Brooks, divorce solicitor Market Harborough
Don’t listen to everything you hear down the pub. There are a lot of myths out there and go and get yourself some good advice at the start because what happened to your boyfriend’s cousin’s daughter is probably not going to be the same for you.
Richard England, divorce solicitor Sutton Coldfield
I would encourage them to seek out a lawyer who is a family law specialist, I think that’s important. The danger being that if they go to a lawyer who isn’t they might not have the depth of knowledge.
Liz Davies, divorce lawyer Ludlow
I think I would sit them down and have a long chat with them first of all to make sure that was exactly what they wanted and to advise them that to keep the doors of communication open with their spouse as much as possible. To try and remember that obviously going through a divorce is very emotional, it’s time consuming, there is a lot of emotion built up in it and they need to be able to discuss this with their partner to try and come to an amicable solution as much as they can.
Tamara Glanvill, divorce solicitor Bedford
If there is any prospect of reconciliation there are numerous agencies that can help them get through difficult stages in their marriage. We all have difficult stages in our marriage and sometimes it just needs a little bit of external help. But if they are adamant that they have reached the end of their marriage then my initial advice is you need to try and agree as much as you can between you. The more that is agreed between a separating couple between them, the more they are going to own the outcome and be happy with the outcome and the more likely they are to remain on good terms afterwards which is particularly important if they have got children.
Abby Smith, divorce lawyer St Neots, Cambridgeshire
It’s really important to make sure that your solicitor knows everything about your case and you tell them as much information as possible. Something that might be very small to you might be very relevant to your case so it’s important to give your solicitor all the information that you can and be open and honest with them.
Kate Butler, divorce lawyer Northampton
It’s really important to get your facts straight, know where you stand, think about things like where are you going to live, what your budget is going to be and it is important to get a good grasp of what lies ahead at an early stage.