Divorce is a legal process which ends a marriage. Divorce proceedings can be either complex or relatively straightforward, depending on the nature of your relationship, financial situation and whether you have children together.
You may be wondering if you need a solicitor to get a divorce, and the simple answer is: no. There is no requirement for either the Petitioner (the person who starts divorce proceedings) or the Respondent to instruct a divorce lawyer to support or advise throughout the process.
However, while there is no legal requirement to use a divorce solicitor it is advisable to seek some advice from a professional to ensure that the process happens correctly and smoothly, especially if matters between the parties are complex or emotionally charged. It can also save money in the long run.
In this article, we’ll look at the advantages of instructing a solicitor in divorce proceedings.
Why Use A Solicitor To Get A Divorce?
Before a divorce, it may be necessary for you and your ex-partner to agree on several things, such as how shared assets will be split, what happens to the family home and arrangements for children. As well as this, the Petitioner must be able to show the marriage has irretrievably broken down by choosing one of the 5 ‘facts’ for divorce.
In some instances, this process may be relatively straightforward, with both parties in agreement throughout. However, this may not be the case, which can make matters complicated. In these circumstances, instructing a solicitor who specialises in Family Law or Divorce Law is advisable, as they will be able to provide advice, guidance and support with your best interests at heart.
In short, using a solicitor to get a divorce, while not legally required, is advisable, especially if you need more support in understanding the process and the options available to you.
Family Law & Divorce Support From Salmons Solicitors
At Salmons Solicitors, we appreciate that getting divorced can be stressful and upsetting for everyone involved. Our aim as Family Law experts is to support with that burden, and help alleviate fears regarding the future, arrangements for children and finances.
Our family legal team is on hand to help you consider every option and its implications. They can also provide support in filling out court documents, negotiating settlements, mediation and obtaining court orders where necessary. What’s more, our family legal services operate on a fixed fee basis, and we take a collaborative approach to reduce legal fees for clients as far as possible.
For help and advice regarding divorces or legal separations, please contact us today and speak to our family legal team.