If you have been married to someone for a long time, a divorce can be painful and difficult to endure. This is especially true if children are involved. Theoretically, getting a divorce is not a complicated procedure, but there are some things that you need to know before you apply for one.
Bringing together the right team of qualified solicitors, at Saracens Solicitors we will help you achieve the best possible outcome from your divorce. Our divorce solicitor in London will take care of the legal paperwork and guide you through each step of the process.
Get hold of your marriage certificate
Your marriage certificate is the first legal document that will be required by your divorce solicitor in London in order to start the divorce petition. If you no longer have it, you can always get a certified copy from the General Register Office. If you were married outside the UK, you should have a certificate issued by the country you were married.
Make provisions for your children
If you have underage children, you and your spouse are responsible for looking after them. Financial support is shared between ex-partners, but if a child lives with one of them, then the other is expected to contribute towards living costs. In your divorce is consensual, discussing these provisions in advance is very helpful and will speed up the process. If your partner decides to defend against the divorce, then these provisions along with custody will be settled in court.
Money and property agreements
If you share property with your spouse you can reach a mutually beneficial agreement without having to go to court hearings. However, for these agreements to be legal, they will still need to be validated by a court.
A constructive approach
Saracens Solicitors are members of Resolution, a legal organisation that promotes a non-confrontational approach to divorce and other family law matters – the ‘Code of Practice’. Your divorce solicitor in London is trained to help you with every aspect of your divorce, from gathering the necessary legal documents to parental responsibility and children maintenance issues. We welcome UK and international clients alike and we offer a number of divorce packages to accommodate your budget and individual needs.