The decision to end a marriage might be straightforward, yet the many aspects that follow from the implications of this step can appear daunting and difficult. Financial issues, housing and arrangements for any children will need to be addressed over and above the change of marital status that a divorce will bring about. It is essential that decisions aren’t rushed and expert legal advice from family law solicitors can assist in these areas.
Whilst there may at first be a reluctance to involve “the lawyers”, most people find that obtaining good legal advice will help them to arrive at a solution both parties are happy with and that engaging a specialits family law solicitor will help to guide them through each step of the process.
Family law solicitors are able to explain what everything means, assess the situation and present a clear explanation of the options available. They will:
- Present your case in court where appropriate in relation to financial or children issues and explain what you need to do
- Explain each stage of the process to you
- Provide help and support with related legal issues such as housing, who receives which assets, pension arrangements and future arrangements for children
- Family law solicitors are also able to provide advice on other methods of separation if it is against your religion and beliefs
- Remember, there is rarely a need to attend court for a hearing in relation to the divorce itself (ie to address any arguments about why or how the marriage broke down) and the vast majority of divorces are achieved without either party having to attend court. It will usually only be in relation to any disputed matters concerning children or finances that there may be a need to attend court