Deciding to speak to a solicitor about your marriage can be a stressful prospect, but there’s no need to worry, meeting a solicitor for the first time will usually provide you with the answers you’re looking for and should alleviate some of your concerns.
Before you begin you should remember that a family or divorce solicitor is there to help you and provide guidance about the next stage in your life. They will explore the reasons why you are meeting them and consider whether counselling or mediation could remove the need for divorce. Your divorce solicitor will also explain the process of divorce and separation to you.
To ensure that your time is spent wisely, it’s a good idea to prepare some information before your meeting. You don’t need to worry about bringing your marriage certificate along, but it’s a good idea to have some ID with you. You should also bring:
- A timeline of your marriage, including how long you lived together before you married, and when you separated (if you are living at different addresses)
- Information on the circumstances of your family life (whether you both work, if anyone else lives with you)
- If you have children, you should have information about their names and ages and any existing access arrangements
- A summary of assets, preferably including estimates of values and who owns them. Also, any debts or liabilities that you are aware of, for example loans and mortgages.
- If you have the information available to you, any investments, pensions, and income (although, we advise not to read through your spouse’s private documents)
- Any correspondence that you may have already received from your spouse’s solicitor
- A list of any questions that you would like your solicitor to answer. No question is a silly question and it’s important that you know and understand the process.
Arriving at your meeting with as many items on the list as possible will enable you to make the most of your time with your solicitor and will help them to provide accurate and realistic advice.
If you have found yourself in a domestic situation where you are now considering a divorce, our family law team are available to provide you with the advice and representation that you need. Send us an email or call our office to make an initial appointment with a solicitor.