How to Get a Divorce – The 10 Step Process
1. Before doing anything, be 100% certain that divorce is the only solution
A relationship break-down is a stressful time for all concerned and as emotions run high, the decision to file for divorce may seem the only solution at the current time, however, there are other options available that could give you both time apart, giving you space to help you evaluate your marriage more effectively and decide if it has indeed reached a point of no return, or whether there is still some hope for a reconciliation. If you are 100% certain that a divorce is the right decision, then there is a legal process to follow. For some couples, dependent upon the clarity of the assets owned and finances, this process can take four to six months, but for others it may take many months or even years to conclude the process and obtain a Decree Absolute.
Get to Grips with Legal Terminology
Common Legal Words and Terms used during divorce and family law cases
If you are considering a divorce, or are currently going through a divorce, you will likely have read some articles on the divorce process and have some idea on what steps you need to take.
If your research has taken you to a variety of resources, or you are already in the process of a divorce, you may be feeling a little confused by various legal terms because you don’t fully understand the meaning of them.
What am I entitled to on Divorce?
One of the questions we are often asked at Watson Thomas Solicitors is “what will I be entitled to if we get Divorced”.
It is of course natural for people to worry about how they will live without the financial support of their spouse, or alternatively, for the spouse who has historically supported the other party, they will worry about affording their commitments to a spouse and any children post separation.
Creating a Parenting Plan - Put your children first
Going through a marital breakdown is a stressful and emotional period for all the family, and sometimes it can be difficult to focus on the emotional needs of your children when you are feeling in such a turmoil yourself. It is, however, really important to listen to your children and ask them how they feel and what is worrying them as their feelings could be different to yours, and how you respond can significantly affect their wellbeing.
Find Free Relationship Advice
Separation and divorce can be a painful and stressful experience for all involved; the two of you as well as your children and other close family members, but there are many organisations, local and national, who offer free relationship advice and counselling during this difficult period in your life.