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If you have reached the point where you are considering a separation or divorce from your partner I’m sure there are many questions you have asked yourself to get to this point.

 

The process of obtaining a divorce can be complex, but here is a brief summary of 5 steps to consider:

 

1. Be Certain

Are you acting in haste to a recent argument or is this a decision you have carefully considered? You might find it useful to confide in a friend or family member, having someone to speak to can really help you mull over a decision.

 

2. Find Your Marriage Certificate

You will require your original marriage certificate to obtain a divorce. If you have misplaced it then don’t panic, you can order a replacement via the .Gov website: https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate

 

3. Take Stock of Your Finances

However modest or grand your financial affairs may be, you will need to build up an accurate picture of how they look in order to start agreeing on division of assets. Make a list of your assets, liabilities and incomes – include things like your property value, cars, foreign assets, investments, credit card debts, loans, savings accounts, salaries and pensions.

 

4. Consider Your Children

If you have young dependents, be mindful of how they may be affected by divorce. Consider how you foresee contact arrangements working, where would be their main residence etc. Also take time to think about how you will tell your children and how you will support them through the separation.

 

5. Appoint a Solicitor

It is best to get professional advice as soon as possible. This will help you understand the process, your options and give you an idea on costs and timescales involved. You will no doubt feel anxious about your first meeting with a family solicitor, but keep in mind that divorce lawyers see people every week and are used to discussing personal matters and giving the professional support that is required. Choose a solicitor that is a member of Resolution, and ideally a firm that offers a wider range of legal services, such as Lamb Brooks. Our Family Law Team are proud of their record of achieving out of court solutions, through collaborative practice, mediation and round -table meetings as well as offering the conventional divorce process. A firm that is local to you is also helpful for attending meetings or signing paperwork. It pays to do your research, check online reviews, read up on the solicitors and ask people you know for recommendations.

 

If you would like further information on the first steps towards divorce or separation please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly Family Law Team. Call us on 01256 305596, email enquiries@lambbrooks.com or interact with our online chat service.

 

 

 

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.   Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.