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Why should I use a solicitor when I want to get divorced?

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There are many reasons why you might want to use a solicitor when you want to get divorced. A solicitor can help you with the legal process, advise you on your rights and entitlements, and negotiate on your behalf with your ex-partner or their solicitor. Here are some of the benefits of using a solicitor for your divorce:

  • A solicitor can make sure your divorce papers are completed correctly and avoid any delays or mistakes that could affect the outcome of your divorce.
  • A solicitor can advise you on the best grounds for divorce and how to prove them. For example, if you want to divorce on the basis of unreasonable behaviour, a solicitor can help you draft a statement that gives specific examples of your ex-partner’s conduct.
  • A solicitor can help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner on financial matters, such as how to divide your assets, debts, pensions and inheritance. A solicitor can also draft a legally binding document called a consent order that sets out the terms of your settlement.
  • A solicitor can help you resolve any issues regarding your children, such as where they will live, when they will see each parent, and how much child maintenance will be paid. A solicitor can also represent you in court if you cannot agree on these matters with your ex-partner.
  • A solicitor can protect you from any abuse or harassment from your ex-partner. A solicitor can act as a buffer between you and your ex-partner and communicate with them on your behalf. A solicitor can also apply for a court order to stop your ex-partner from contacting you or coming near you if they pose a threat to your safety.

Using a solicitor for your divorce can save you time, money and stress in the long run. It can also ensure that your divorce is fair and final, and that you and any children are taken care of.

Contact a member of our Family Law team when you need more information or advice if you are separating or wanting to file for divorce.