Reducing the cost of divorce – emotionally and financially (as featured in "Good Housekeeping" - September edition)
It’s never easy when a relationship breaks down. On top of the emotional turmoil, are the difficult decisions to be made. Decisions that will affect your future, and your family’s future, for years to come.
Seeking professional advice from a lawyer doesn’t mean an escalation in the marriage breakdown. Knowing your legal rights simply puts you in a better position for working towards a fair and amicable settlement.
CHOOSING HOW TO GET DIVORCED & REACH A FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT
DIY – as it sounds, you do it yourself. Speak to a lawyer first, and you’ll know what’s a fair settlement to work towards.
Mediation – reaching agreement with the support of a trained, neutral mediator. Speaking to a lawyer first will help you identify the key areas to discuss.
Collaboration – reaching a settlement together, amicably, with your respective collaborative lawyers by your side.
Traditional negotiation & litigation – appointing a lawyer who will negotiate with your partner’s solicitor, going to court if agreement cannot be reached.
SOME COMMON MYTHS
‘I can’t afford to speak to a solicitor’
While it’s true that speaking to a solicitor is more expensive than a friend, you may be surprised at how much you discover in just one hour, especially if you come prepared with questions. The cost is usually a small fraction of the increased settlement.
‘I don’t need a lawyer, we’re married, I’ll get 50% of everything’
You might be entitled to 50%, but what if you’re entitled to a lot more? Or a lot less? It depends on your personal circumstances. Without sound legal advice, you could be gambling with your, and your children’s housing and future financial security.
TALK TO YOUR FRIENDLY FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST
We’re Resolution solicitors, which means we believe in finding the most sensitive, constructive, cost-effective solution for you. Contact our Family Department, it could be the most helpful conversation you have.