Historically, this time of year is supremely busy for divorce solicitors as people take stock of their lives at the beginning of a new year, and sometimes decide to make big changes, by leaving their partners. The strains of Christmas usually only serve to highlight the strains of a less than satisfactory relationship and financial pressures of the post festive season splurges put additional pressure on relationships.
I have been back at work for only a few hours as I write this and have already been contacted by several people who I will be seeing over the next few weeks to discuss their unique personal circumstances, give them some legal and practical advice and talk through their options should they decide to go ahead and separate from their spouse.
In many cases this is not a bad thing, as in situations where my client has been unhappy for a long time the separation can be viewed as a fresh start for them. Always there are difficult moments, and times where doubt creeps in especially where there are children involved, so it is important that the solicitor you eventually choose to instruct is able to offer different process options that include alternatives to court, if these are suitable. Equally important is the relationship that you build with your solicitor and his or her team, which should be one based on mutual respect in which the client feels supported throughout the process.
Your solicitor should be able to signpost you to other excellent professionals should you need this. Examples would be: independent financial advisers, accountants, divorce coaches, counsellors and specialist who can assist children through the separation process.
A good starting place for selecting a family solicitor is the Resolution website.
Resolution is an organisation of family solicitor who are committed to resolving family disputes in a non-confrontational way to preserve people’s dignity.
You should also have a look at any potential solicitor’s website profile so you get an idea of what type of cases he or she is used to dealing with. The most important meeting that you will have will be your first one and if you are not comfortable after the initial meeting then i suggest that you continue your search until you find the person that’s right for you.