In the majority of cases, divorce proceedings are never easy. They can take an emotional toll as well as severely affect your finances, especially if the situations that led to the divorce are fraught with tension and resentment. Arrangements for children and living situations are all hotly debated topics during the divorce process, and the longer a divorce takes, the more costly it is bound to be. With the stress of divorcing already a major concern, how can you reduce the cost to a manageable level? Luckily, our divorce lawyers in London can help.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we have years of experience in dealing with divorce cases and implementing effective dispute resolution to keep the case out of court wherever possible. We can also ensure that you receive the maintenance you are entitled to, and make custody arrangements when children are involved. If you are worried about the effects of divorce on your finances, there are different steps you can take to reduce your stress as much as possible.
Keep All Lines of Communication Open
In some circumstances, trying to talk and communicate with your ex-partner is not advisable. If tensions are high, you may end up saying a number of regrettable statements, which can reflect badly on your case in the future. However, if discussions have not reached a fraught stage just yet, talking openly and communicating is an effective way to resolve disputes. If you agree upon certain directions of the divorce before you seek legal advice, you can cut the length of the process down significantly.
However, when making major decisions, especially when they involve financial issues, it is always advised that you have a litigation solicitor present to ensure all discussions are above board. Mediation is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution, and can allow you and your ex-spouse to discuss your divorce as amicably as possible.
Consider Whether You Can Wait
If you and your partner have simply reached an impasse, or you have both come to the realisation that you do not love each other anymore, getting divorced should be as straightforward as possible. However, to get divorced in the UK (at the time of this article being published), someone needs to “take the blame.” Adultery, unreasonable behaviour and desertion are all acceptable grounds for divorce, but in some cases, they are not applicable. From April 2022, couples will finally be able to get a “blameless divorce,” meaning they no longer have to state a reason for separating. If you would rather have this simpler divorce, you might want to consider waiting a few months for the April legislation changes…
Seek Expert Legal Advice
If matters have taken a contentious turn and there is no way you and your ex-partner can discuss issues amicably, the next step is acquiring a professional, experienced divorce solicitor. It is better to start looking early in complicated divorces, as you will need to plan your case effectively in order to decrease the length of the dispute. Our divorce lawyers in London can analyse your case and determine the best course of action to get you the results you need. We understand the parameters of divorce proceedings, and can navigate our way through the toughest of cases.
How We Can Help
Our litigation team have dealt with numerous divorce cases throughout the years, arranging contact arrangements with children and dividing assets accordingly. If you cannot wait to begin proceedings after April next year, our divorce lawyers can find evidence to build your case, ensuring the divorce is resolved in your favour. For information surrounding who gets custody of children following a divorce, read our previous blog here.
If you would like to discuss your divorce, give us a call today on 0208 769 6739 for a free consultation. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.