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Four steps to an easier divorce


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Issued 11th January 2010

If youíre thinking about getting divorced, then youíve a lot to consider. Alistair Dobson, Family Law Partner at solicitors Lawson-West in Market Harborough, has four recommendations that can make for an easier divorce. If you follow these four simple rules, you can save a lot of time, trouble and money.

Step 1: Avoid unnecessary conflict

If you want a quick divorce, you will have to issue your petition stating either your spouseís adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Although divorce proceedings are private, your spouse will see the petition that you issue, so to avoid unnecessary conflict, itís best to keep your petition as brief and to the point as possible. The alternative is to live apart for two years and then file for divorce.

Step 2: Control your costs

There is one thing that is well worth remembering Ė arguing costs money! If you and your partner fail to agree independently, then your solicitorís bills will increase in proportion to the amount of time it takes to sort things out. Put simply Ė agree, donít argue!

Step 3: Think about the children

The Court will always put the best interests of your children first when making decisions. Make sure you do too Ė donít use them as weapons in a battle with your soon to be ex as this can cause untold damage to future relationships as well as the children themselves.

Step 4: Use your family

Divorce is a stressful time for the whole family. If you have children, use their grandparents for support and a touch of normality in the childrenís lives at a difficult time. Even if you donít have children, you can save yourself stress by taking any help thatís available to you.

For confidential advice on all aspects of divorce and separation, and a free initial consultation call Alistair Dobson on 01858 445480 or James Haworth on 0116 212 1080. James is a member of the Leicestershire Regional Committee for Resolution, an association of legal professionals working to reduce conflict in separation and divorce.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-01-11 20:03:29 in Legal Articles

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