5 Helpful hints for using a divorce lawyer



Getting a divorce is usually not just about getting the legal document that says you are not married any more. For most people their lives are going to be very different once the divorce goes through and therefore it is essential you have a clear idea before you enter into the divorce process as to what the possible outcomes may be.

  1. If you can, discuss with your spouse how you will approach the divorce
  2. Divorces are much quicker, cheaper and less destructive if both parties behave in a sensible co-operative manner. It is not always possible to discuss this, but remember if the divorce process becomes a prolonged and bitter battle, your legal fees will simply rise.
  3. Consider what you want from your divorce settlement
  4. Taking legal advice at an early stage will help you clarify what your objectives are. It is always helpful if we know what result you are looking for, but at the same time you need to be realistic. It is vital that your instructions are clear. For example, if there is something such as a family keepsake which is not financially significant but important to you, let us know and we can make sure that is factored into the settlement.
  5. Stay calm.
  6. Going through a divorce is a stressful experience and sometimes emotions may mean that people make poor decisions. The Court process is not there to decide who is right and who is wrong or to attribute blame for the breakup. You may feel it is satisfying to put your ex through hell in the divorce, but it also can be very expensive.
  7. Listen to the advice you are given
  8. We will tell you if at any stage we feel you are being unrealistic in your expectations or whether another course of action should be taken. We have your interests at heart and you should value our advice. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Whatever it is, if you are unsure about something, ask us. There is no such thing as a silly question.
  9. Getting the legal service you want
  10. Hine offers an initial meeting of £100 plus VAT during which we can discuss with you what you want from your divorce settlement, how you want to approach the divorce, whether your matter is suitable for mediation or another form of dispute resolution. We will provide you with full details of our charges, including providing an estimate of the likely total cost of your divorce. We promise to keep you informed of the costs you have incurred as your case goes on so that you are able to keep a track of your costs.

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