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SEPARATION & DIVORCE A FIVE STEP GUIDE


Thinking of ending your relationship? Are you thinking of ending your marriage or civil partnership? If so, you are not alone with around 10,000 applications for divorce being submitted each month. There’s a lot of talk about spending huge proportions of matrimonial funds on solicitors arguing about how the assets will be divided but it doesn’t need to be this way. If you are looking for practical help and information take a look at our five key steps to a civilised divorce, on the opposite page. FOR FURTHER ADVICE REGARDING SEPARATION AND DIVORCE, CONTACT US TODAY AND SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR FAMILY LAW EXPERTS ON 0800 999 4437 OR EMAIL divorce@parfittcresswell.com

Information within is deemed to be correct as at December 2015, and is given for information purposes only and not legal advice.


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PUT YOUR CHILDREN AT THE TOP OF THE AGENDA You don’t stop being a parent when you end your marriage. You will need to be able to co-parent in the future and the best way to ensure this goal can be achieved is to remember that your children need love and stability from both of their parents. Your children do not need to be dealing with the emotional fallout you are suffering as they are feeling their own sense of loss. Your children shouldn’t be put in the middle of your divorce and certainly should not be made to feel they have to choose between their parents.

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SUPPORT NETWORK Very few people can manage to deal with all of the elements of their divorce unaided. You will need to surround yourself with people you can trust to help you make the right decisions for you. It can be easy to make hasty decisions when you are angry, upset or depressed and you may need to have the support of friends, a counsellor and solicitor to help sift through the emotions to focus on making the necessary informed decisions. Throughout your separation and divorce you should make sure that you are turning to the right people for the right advice. Use your friends and a counsellor to help you navigate the grieving process. Use a solicitor for legal and financial advice on your proposed settlement.

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DO NOT BE INFLUENCED BY OTHERS You may have brothers, sisters, aunts, friends and colleagues who have been through a divorce themselves. They will have varying experiences from an amicable divorce where all issues were resolved by sitting around the kitchen table all the way through to a long, bitter and expensive fight through the courts. Their experiences can be very useful to you when you need recommendations for professionals to assist you. However, they are less useful when considering your own personal circumstances and how you will be able to meet your financial needs going forward. Family law is a complex area and how your finances will be divided depends on many factors personal to you, such as your ages, how long you have been married, whether you have any children and what your financial circumstances are from income, capital and pension perspectives.

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LEGAL ADVICE Irrespective of how many assets or liabilities you have, you should seek the advice of a specialist family solicitor at an early stage when thinking about separation and divorce. Meeting with a solicitor will give you some clarity on the likely outcomes and what processes and options are available to you when considering how to divide the finances to meet the needs

of your family. Meeting with a solicitor can also help you avoid costly mistakes and to consider the bigger picture rather than being stuck in an emotional rollercoaster. You should also choose your solicitor wisely to ensure they understand your aims and your fears and to guide you through the process. There are several options available to you when dealing with separation which do not necessarily include issuing court proceedings. However the court process does not need to be hostile and can assist in achieving a timely resolution to issues between you when necessary. The key thing to remember is to make sure you understand the options available.

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STAY AMICABLE There are varying reasons for the breakdown of a marriage and some of these can be incredibly upsetting. The first casualty in the breakdown of a relationship is typically trust. Try to work through the feelings of betrayal and anger, and speak with your ex-partner, particularly about what is in the best interests of the children. You will then have taken the first step to saving yourselves emotional stress and lots of money through, hopefully, avoiding a bitter legal battle.

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