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Facing a divorce can be tough, and the divorce process may feel daunting, especially when you have to seek legal representation for the first time. So we’ve put together ten questions to ask a divorce lawyer so that you can move forward with confidence and make the process as simple as possible.
List of Most Important Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer
Do I have to go to court for my divorce?
If your divorce can be settled amicably, then you may not need to go to court, although there could still be court proceedings to complete everything. On the other hand, if the divorce is not amicable, then the court may be the only way of agreeing on a settlement for both parties.
Who will get custody of our children?
Many people assume that the mother is automatically granted custody in divorce proceedings, but this is not the case. When there are children involved, the court will always put their best interests at heart and ensure that they have as much access to both parents as possible when this is the best course of action.
How much do family law solicitors charge?
Fees will vary depending on which lawyer you choose and the amount of work needed for your case. The best family lawyers will give you a clear overview of their fee structure so that you can budget in advance. Make sure you ask how you will be billed before you agree on anything, as some lawyers ask for payment upfront whilst others send monthly invoices or final bills when the divorce is complete.
How long does a divorce take?
Each divorce is unique, and there is no set time for one to be completed. However, once you have shared the facts of your case with your divorce solicitors London, they will be able to give you an idea of how long they expect it to take. You can also expect to get regular updates as things progress.
How do I find divorce solicitors in London?
Knowing who to turn to can be difficult but choosing a family law specialist with divorce experience is a great starting point. Once you have found a few different lawyers that you think you could work with, take a look at what they offer and contact them to ask any questions that may help you decide. Ultimately, if you find a family lawyer that gives you the confidence to proceed and who has the relevant skills for your needs, you have chosen well.
What is a separation agreement?
A separation agreement is a useful tool for anyone who is either not ready or cannot proceed with a divorce or dissolution. The purpose of the agreement is to have a formal arrangement in place that covers the duration of your separation. Separation agreements typically cover finances, property, custody, support and visitation needs and will set out what you and your partner agree to.
How often can I expect to hear from the family solicitors with updates?
When you first speak to your solicitor, it is good to agree on communication expectations as it is possible to go long periods without hearing anything. For example, some people like to be told there are no updates, whereas others are happy to wait until there is something to say. Either way, making your preferences clear at the start will help you manage your expectations throughout the process.
Is there any way to reduce divorce solicitors’ costs?
If your relationship with your spouse is amicable, then there are several things you can do to keep your costs down. Any good divorce solicitor will share this information and help you get the most cost-effective outcome for both parties. However, if communication with your spouse is only via your solicitor, it may be trickier to save money as you will need a greater level of engagement.
Can I get my spouse to pay for the divorce?
In some cases, it is possible to recover the fees from your spouse, but this is dependent on a variety of factors. If you want to pursue a fee recovery, you need to speak to your lawyer to get advice about whether it is possible for you to do this.
Should all communication go through my lawyer?
This is wholly dependent on whether you and your spouse can be amicable or whether you want to be in touch with them during the proceedings. If you are not sure whether contact is a good idea, then ask your lawyer, who will advise.
If you have more family lawyer questions but don’t know where to turn, then Pindoria Solicitors is here for you. Contact us when you are ready and arrange an appointment to discuss your needs.