Posted on Dec 23, 2014
As family lawyers we tend to see a sharp increase in new clients seeking advice and assistance regarding separation and divorce each January. This can be for many reasons. Some may have decided some time ago that their marriage or relationship was coming to an end, but held off making any official moves before the New Year so as not to ruin Christmas or upset children. Some see the New Year as an opportunity for a fresh start and want advice on starting separation or divorce proceedings. Others will simply be seeking general family law advice regarding matters such as debt, transfer of property or residence of children.
If you are considering separating from your spouse or partner, or have recently separated, then you may wish to think about entering into a Separation Agreement. This is a formal and legally binding document, negotiated and drafted by your lawyer, which regulates matters arising as a result of your separation. The agreement can state what will happen with finances, property, and issues involving your children.
If you have already been separated from your spouse for some time and wish to take a step towards divorce, there are various options available to you depending on your circumstances. The factors which affect your options when it comes to divorce include the length of time you have been separated, whether you still retain any joint finances, and the age of any children you and your spouse have together.
If you are intending upon separating from your spouse or partner, here is some key advice:-
Separating from your spouse or partner can be a very difficult experience. At Thorntons we have lawyers who specialise in family law and can offer you sensitive and practical advice and support at every stage of your separation or divorce.
Jenny Strachan, Solicitor
Categories: Family Law