Deciding on divorce is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make and can affect you and your family drastically, so it is important to educate yourself on the process. Although going through a divorce is always going to be difficult, there are some steps you can take which result in an easier process. This is why we have put together some advice to guide you through the first few stages of your divorce:
Break the news to your spouse & family
The most important stage is for you to break the news to both your partner and the rest of your family. It is likely that if you have gotten to the point of divorce, your spouse already also has an idea that this is coming. Ensure that you state your points clearly and calmly and try to come to a mutual agreement – as this will make the process easier for you in the future. Consulting a solicitor such as Hill and Company will allow you to explore what options you and your partner will have. After you have spoken to your partner, it is important that you both sit down and calmly speak to your children about the divorce.
Gather all the relevant financial information
Most divorce processes require both you and your spouse to file a financial statement (a Form E) – which gives all the financial information from annual earnings to current assets. It would be a good starting point to gather these personal finance documents at the outset to make the future process smoother. Finally, ensure that you speak with your solicitor regarding dealing with any joint accounts, household expenses and any temporary spousal/child maintenance. Hill and Company have many years of experience in dealing with financial arrangements within divorce proceedings and can help you and your partner come to an arrangement or assist you in the court process.
Agree the interim living arrangements
During this stage, you have two options. The first option is that you both stay together in the family home to make the process more gradual for your family. This is usually undertaken when children are involved and is a perfect opportunity to start creating a co-parenting plan – for more information on this visit our recent co-parenting blog.
If there are no children involved with the process, it is coming for one of the parties to find temporary accommodation during the period of the divorce. It is important to discuss with your solicitor the rights you have in a situation like this. If you are thinking about filing for a divorce and need help, then contact our team of experts who will be more than happy to help you along the process from start to finish. For more information on what we can do to help, or to book an appointment visit: https://www.hillandcompany.co.uk/our-services/family-lawdivorce/ or give us a call on 01619283201