Embarking on divorce, civil partnership dissolution or judicial separation or even the mere prospect of discussing such can be a distressing and sobering thought. It is usual to feel somewhat overwhelmed and anxious which naturally may have an effect on your emotional wellbeing, thought process and may hinder logical reasoning of what you think your lawyer may need to know or require from you.
There is a lot to think about when you go through the divorce process: children, finances, what will happen to the family home, the savings, pensions, where you will live, where will the children live and what happens to the animals/pets? Divorce is undeniably going to change your life going forward and these are all considerations which you should address with your lawyer. Try to have a clear view what it is you want to achieve from the process, remembering the courts will try to be fair to both, whilst considering present and future needs. It is important to remember that the courts are not interested in why the relationship broke down.
In order to get the most from your first meeting, below are a few tips which, not only help you, but also help your lawyer manage your case more constructively and efficiently. You may feel a little uncomfortable at the thought of having to discuss intimate issues with a stranger. A good divorce lawyer will make you feel at ease and develop a good working relationship with you as someone who you could be working closely with going forward.
Here are the key details that will be discussed in your first meeting with your divorce solicitor:
The Relationship / Marriage / Civil Partnership
The following is required if you and your spouse have connections with more than one country:
Emergency Orders and Domestic Abuse (if applicable)
Health / Disorders
The latter point is essential for your divorce lawyer to know and understand from the outset, particularly where the situation, as a result, may present as highly acrimonious.
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