Why use a solicitor when divorcing or separating?

How difficult can it be?

It is important to use a solicitor if you are divorcing or separating from a marriage so that the best outcome can be achieved for you and your children.

Whatever the reason for considering a divorce or separation, it is important to consider consulting a solicitor. The process can be daunting, the division of finances (financial remedy) can be complicated and the arrangements for children are so important that professional advice and representation can be helpful, if not essential. There are also significant risks in tackling the process unaided if you are unfamiliar with Family Law.

Solicitors undertake extensive training over a number of years and specialise in dealing with these types of situations almost every working day. We have an understanding about what it is reasonable to seek and an idea about what a Court is likely to award in given circumstances. The law can be complicated but we can explain in plain English how it affects you.

We offer independent, specialist and confidential advice. People often feel unable to speak with friends or family because they are worried about what they may think or about their spouse finding out they are considering a divorce or separation. Speaking with a solicitor can help you get some perspective on the situation and, at a time of loneliness and isolation, it can be comforting to have someone on your side, acting in your best interests.

Our lawyers practice Collaborative Law and are members of Resolution and the Best Divorce Options Group all helping to provide a better outcome for the couple and children.

It can prove difficult for estranged spouses to reach mutual decisions about the arrangements for children and finances, as both sides are often still coming to terms with the split. A solicitor can help keep negotiations focussed and rational and may present suggestions which neither side has previously considered. We represent you at a time when you may find it difficult to articulate or appreciate your needs. If you have been married for many years it can be hard to think seriously about what you might need if you were no longer together. 

You may not actually feel ready to proceed with a separation or divorce but it may still be helpful to gather information on the process and to get legal advice on the potential ramifications. Such information can help to reduce any anxiety about the future so you can better decide whether and how to proceed.

If you, a friend or a family member would like to discuss in confidence how Hunt & Coombs can help with a separation or divorce please contact our Family Team on 01733 882880 or by email on info@hcsolicitors.co.uk.

Author

Joseph Stoehr, Trainee Solicitor

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This article has been prepared for general interest and information purposes only; it does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. While all possible care has been taken in the preparation of this article, no responsibility for the accuracy and/or correctness of the information and commentary set out in the article, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed or accepted by the firm or the authors.