1st December 2020
This week is Resolution’s ‘Good Divorce Week’ – a campaign which takes place each year to promote constructive and peaceful ways for couples to separate.
The theme of 2020’s Good Divorce Week is the importance of getting early legal advice. In this article we highlight the benefits of seeking proper advice early on and discuss what to expect from an initial enquiry and appointment with a divorce solicitor.
There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet, and whilst a lot of it may be correct, advice should always be personal to your own circumstances. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to separating so it is key to get bespoke advice that will be applicable to you, your family and your finances.
What you see on TV and film is also very far from reality the majority of the time. Recent programmes such as Dr Foster or The Split, portray a very dramatised version of separating, which of course, makes for more interesting viewing than a civil divorce.
Friends and family may give you guidance with good intentions, but the likelihood is they could be misinforming you, even if they have been through a divorce themselves, the information may be out-dated and will not necessarily apply to your own individual situation.
Our recommendation would be to use friends and family as emotional support rather than legal advice, to use TV and film as entertainment rather than be influenced by the storylines and to take anything you read online purely as guidance always checking the sources and dates on anything you research.
Making the first step to contact a family solicitor is often the most difficult one to take. It certainly is not unusual to feel very emotional when first reaching out for advice on such a sensitive and private matter. It is worth reminding yourself that divorce lawyers speak to separating couples or those going through stressful family times on a daily basis. They have built up skills to help put people at ease and will not be phased by anyone becoming emotional over the phone or in person.
Because making the first contact can be daunting, we thought it would be helpful to outline step-by-step how you go about speaking to a solicitor. Of course, this is our process at Lamb Brooks, and this may differ between other law firms.
Our first priority at your appointment is to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable and our second concern is to make sure that you get the most out of your fixed fee appointment.
If you are meeting with us in person, our procedure is to put you at ease, offer you some refreshments and give you a moment to familiarise yourself with the surroundings and get settled, ready to address your separation.
Alternatively, we are happy to hold initial appointments over the phone or via video conference so that you can stay in the comfort of your own home. If this is the case, then we recommend the following:
At the initial meeting your solicitor will:
After the meeting you will promptly receive a detailed letter of advice along with any additional information that may be useful. This will then be followed up on at an agreed stage and, of course, you are welcome to come back to us with any other queries before formally instructing.
For more information about what to expect at a first appointment please click here or read our article on “Top Tips For Your First Meeting With a Family Lawyer”
When you are prepared to take the first step it is important to do your research into which law firms to contact. This can be done by searching online, looking at websites, reading reviews or by asking friends and family for recommendations.
The team at Lamb Brooks are happy to take initial enquires for separation and divorce via phone, email or via our website. Our offices are also open to see clients face to face if that is your preference.
Call us on 01256 844888, email email@example.com or speak to our online chat assistant.
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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.
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