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More Reasons Why You Should Use A Solicitor For Your Divorce.

More Reasons Why You Should Use A Solicitor For Your Divorce.

Recently I wrote an article explaining some of the advantages of appointing a solicitor to help you through the divorce process. There are many pitfalls if you attempt a “Do It Yourself “ divorce. This article is designed to give you further information to help you determine whether you should use a solicitor to see you through your divorce.

The divorce itself is not the difficult part of the whole court process, rather it is sorting out all of the other issues such as pensions, the tax consequences of property and pension transfers and maintenance for you and for your children. This is not an exhaustive list of issues that crop up on a daily basis when we are dealing with separating clients. However, you should try to avoid dealing with your divorce yourself if you have other financial or property issues that require attention. To do so could result in you losing out on very valuable assets that you cannot access after your divorce is finalised. At Emmersons Solicitors, our Family Law Specialists will wait until the end of your case before applying for Decree Absolute. Another word of warning, you could really lose out if you divorce and remarry before reaching a financial settlement with your first spouse.


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Nine Reasons Why You Should Instruct A Solicitor To Handle Your Divorce

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I am frequently asked about the value of instructing an expert solicitor to handle a divorce. I have put together this useful guide which will answer many of your questions. If you are contemplating a divorce or separation, and wondering whether you need a solicitor to assist you, then our guide will help you to decide.


So why instruct a solicitor to help you?

1. So you feel supported throughout the process.

Imagine trying to conduct a financial hearing on your own at court. The whole process is alien to you. The courts are busy, there is no one available to explain the procedure to you. If you start to argue with your spouse or the judge then things could quickly go wrong.

At Emmersons Solicitors, our clients nearly always comment upon what a relief it is to have someone to listen to them, to help them and to calmly put forward their case. We have found that our family law clients feel reassured and confident enough to get through what is a daunting process.

We know that the sooner we can give initial advice to our clients, the better we can protect them. For example, if your spouse has decided to start spending large amounts of money and creating debt, we can help you preserve the family assets including your home.

A common situation that we see at Emmersons Solicitors is when a client’s husband or wife has started to act differently. Let’s consider Sally who suddenly has to stay away overnight for work when this has not been necessary before. Combined with new clothes when she previously had no interest in fashion. Being distant or snappy, suddenly very protective of her mobile phone, carrying the phone everywhere she goes and not allowing our client Gary to use that phone.

Now imagine that the reason for all of this is that Sally has started to have an affair. Often we can spot this before our clients. The hotel stays are nothing to do with work, they have been paid for using a credit card, bottles of champagne paid for with cash, expensive shoes, clothes and hairdressing appointments all on the credit card. It would not take many months of this type of behaviour to rack up a huge amount of credit card debt and an overdraft on your joint account. The extra sting in the tail is that whilst you have enjoyed none of this you could end up being financially responsible!

That’s where a good solicitor can help you. At Emmersons Solicitors our Family Law Team can help you to take early action to protect your own financial position.

In the rare event that one of our cases does proceed to court then we can often negotiate all or most of a final settlement at the first appointment. Thus saving you lots of angst and lots of money.

Let us help you and support you through what can become a complicated and overwhelming process if you are trying to muddle through on your own.

2. To Save You Time

If you don’t know what you don’t know you can end up in a mess trying to sort out your Financial Settlement. The divorce itself is not as complicated. It’s all of the other issues where you need expert help. How to value your home properly, how to value pensions properly, how to interpret the other party’s documents properly, how to address the court properly, what is and is not important to a judge.

We have seen clients try to tackle court proceedings themselves when the other party has failed to provide all documents in a timely manner, leading to repeated delays and endless court appearances. Had we been involved in such cases, we would have been able to take control of the proceedings in order to speed up the process.

A few years ago judges had more time to help those representing themselves at court. However, there have been so many cut backs in the court system that most judges do not have the time to do this. They have a huge number of cases to get through every day. If your husband or wife fails to provide detailed financial information then a good solicitor will spot this before the court hearing, they will chase for the information and will ask the court to make a punitive court order if the information is still not produced. This is a very important skill, you may not even realise that vital financial information is missing. Chasing for information using the rules of court helps to progress cases quickly, it avoids endless court adjournments.

Do you want your case to be settled quickly with the help of an Expert Family Law Solicitor or would you rather attend three or four hearings over the period of a year to eighteen months with no idea as to whether or not you are seeking the right settlement, whether you could do better and no idea as to when the process will end?

If you need help with your divorce or separation, then contact us for a Next Steps Divorce Advice Session and see how we can help you.

From 27 June 2016 our Gosforth office is located at 137A Back High Street NE3 4ET-call in and see us at anytime. We have wheelchair access, you can be dropped off at our front door and there is free parking on the adjoining streets.

Contact our Family Law Department and ask about our Next steps Divorce Advice Session


For more information about our Next Steps Divorce Advice Session call.
Newcastle 0191 2846989 or Sunderland 0191 567 6667

Download my free eGuide.

Nine Reasons Why You Should Instruct A Solicitor To Handle Your Divorce
(and The Pitfalls of a Do-It-Yourself Divorce)

Nine Reasons Why You Should Instruct A Solicitor Too Handle Your Divorce eBook

I am frequently asked about the value of instructing an expert solicitor to handle a divorce. I have put together this useful guide which will answer many of your questions. If you are contemplating a divorce or separation, and wondering whether you need a solicitor to assist you, then our guide will help you to decide.


Author: Jacqueline Emmerson

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