It is difficult to know where to turn when faced with divorce or relationship breakdown.

Dealing with the emotional turbulence the process entails, and having to think about the associated financial matters and arrangements for children, can be overwhelming. It is essential for anyone who finds themselves in this position to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. In my experience, the fear of the unknown is often the biggest anxiety people grapple with initially, when divorce becomes a reality. A good family lawyer can help allay those fears and help to find a solution that works for you and your family.

From your very first meeting, your lawyer should make you feel at ease. You will have to discuss very sensitive and personal matters with them and as such, it is important that you feel comfortable and able to speak freely. It is essential that your lawyer uses terms you understand, free of legal jargon, and gives you a good indication from the outset as to timescales, costs and the likely outcome of your matter. Once you are clear on these issues, you will feel a greater sense of control and thus find the process easier to deal with.

While it is natural to react emotionally to separation, you should always bear in mind the impact this can have in the longer term, particularly where children are involved. I cannot stress enough the importance of “keeping the heat down” during the process. Contrary to popular belief, divorce is not a punitive process and ultimately, behaviour is rarely relevant to children or financial matters. Lawyers should adopt a conciliatory and non-confrontational approach when  corresponding with the other party or their solicitors. Sadly, not all family lawyers subscribe to this ethos, which often leads to further acrimony and unnecessary legal costs.

If you wish to discuss any family matter with us, we can offer a free initial 30-minute, no obligation meeting at one of our offices.

Please contact Chloe Judge on 01494 870075 to arrange an appointment.

Family Law