What to expect when getting divorced

Seeking a divorce

You are likely going to experience a lot of different emotions when going through a divorce. Divorce in itself is an unpleasant experience, and if you didn’t see it coming, or are unprepared, then it can knock you for six.

What should I do next?

It is important to have the appropriate information that will affect you and be aware of what you will need to do next. Some of the first things you should consider include:

Make child care arrangements

If you have children you will want to ensure that they are as least affected by your separation as possible and that they able to continue to see and spend time with both their parents

Child maintenance

As well as deciding on the day to day arrangements for your child, you will also want to put financial provisions in place. Hopefully you and your former partner will be able to come to an agreement between yourselves, but if not, mediation can often help you agree.   

If it is not possible to agree financial support then it may be necessary to contact the Child Maintenance Service. However, unlike arranging child maintenance between yourselves, there is likely an application fee and potentially ongoing costs depending how the payments are to be paid.  The Child Maintenance Service can calculate how much maintenance you will be required to pay or to receive depending on your individual circumstances.

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A change to your living arrangements

One of the big questions you’ll have is what happens to your home when you divorce?

What you decide to do will depend on several factors including, what you can afford, what you’re most comfortable with and whether or not you’ve got children.

Providing it is safe for you to remain in the marital home, it is advisable not to make any big decisions about your future until you have received specialist legal advice from a family lawyer.

You are going to have lots of questions such as:

  • Can my spouse force me to move out of the house?
  • What if my spouse changes the locks to the house?
  • If I move out of the house do I still have to pay the mortgage?
  • How do we sort out the finances?
  • Do the children always live with their mother?

You will need answers to these questions before beginning divorce proceedings – and we can help.

Change your will

It is important to change your will to reflect your new circumstances. This will ensure that only those you want to inherit will.

Seek Support

Surrounding yourself with friends and family at this time is important. You will want to have people around you that you can rely on but their advice can often be conflicting however well meaning.

Our team of specialists are just a phone call away and will be able to help guide you in taking the next steps in moving forward with your life.

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