1. Google – friend or foe?
The internet can be a wonderful thing – it can also be incredibly misleading… It is vital to educate yourself on the process and options available during divorce and good research really can save you money as you will not need your solicitor to go through the basics in quite as much depth. Court websites can be incredibly helpful and often offer guidance on where to start. Try to avoid generic websites, particularly those relating to other jurisdictions to your own as the rules can be very different.
2. Bring a friend or family member to solicitors’ meetings
Personal support networks can play an important role in a healthy divorce. People often find that when they are going through a stressful time in their lives their short term memory can suffer. Having a friend or family member present to take notes and be there to discuss things with you later can really help.
3. Clarify your goals
From the outset you should try and set yourself some key goals of what it is you want to achieve, what is most important to you. Getting your own mind clear as to what you want will save you time and money and help ensure structure to your case from the outset. Keep these general and your solicitor will be able to help fill in the details and give you an idea of how attainable these are and how best to work towards them.
4. Be Your Own PA
It sounds pretty simple but one way of keeping your legal fees down is to try and perform tasks you can do yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask your solicitor and together you can work out the most effective way to progress your matter.
5. Put your children first
This is the single most important rule in any separation involving children and should be agreed between parents as early in the divorce as possible. Both you and your spouse need to commit to working together to make this process as painless as possible for your children. They will need to feel loved and supported by both their parents throughout.
At our Redhill office we are currently offering a 30 minute free introductory appointment during which your needs can be assessed and advice given as to the most cost effective and suitable service for your particular case.
Please feel free to contact one othe Family team at our Redhill office on 01737 854500 or visit: https://www.morrlaw.com/family-law/