11th October 2017
In a bid to make the divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships process easier for separating couples to understand, the government is introducing a new set of forms to apply for divorce or dissolution with effect from 7 August this year. It is possible that, because of this, more people will be tempted to try to deal with divorce or dissolution proceedings themselves in an attempt to save money, particularly now that legal aid is no longer available in most cases.
While doing-it-yourself may seem like a good idea, it can end up costing you more in the long-run, both financially and emotionally, as Laura Bell, family law expert and mediator with Lamb Brooks in Basingstoke explains…
‘The divorce and dissolution forms may look simple, but in order to ensure that your request to end your marriage or civil partnership is granted, great care needs to be taken to answer the questions correctly. There is only one basis for divorce or dissolution and that is that your marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. However, there are multiple ways to prove this, including living apart, unreasonable behaviour, desertion and, in divorce cases only, adultery. Your solicitor can advise on what evidence will be accepted to prove irretrievable breakdown in your case.’
And, she adds:
‘You also need to bear in mind that arrangements for children and decisions on how your finances should be split are not included as part of the divorce process and will therefore need to be dealt with separately – something that can be tricky to do without the benefit of legal advice. You need to be sure that the way your children will be cared for is fair and workable, bearing in mind the circumstances, and that any deal agreed with regards to your finances (other than in respect of payments for your children) is final, to prevent your ex coming back in the future to ask for more.’
Using a solicitor to help you with your divorce or dissolution can help to ensure that:
In some cases, you may be able to ask your ex to help fund the costs of your divorce and to pay for you to get advice on this and any related issues. Using a solicitor can help you find out whether this may be a possibility in your case.
If you are thinking about getting divorced, or dissolving your civil partnership, please contact the Lamb Brooks Family Department on 01256 844888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.
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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