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Five key points you should know about the Divorce process


Divorce is, more often than not, one of the most stressful and emotional events a person can experience in their lifetime. It is important to get the right advice during this time to assist in guiding you through this difficult process.

Our Family Team are well versed in the trials and tribulations of divorce. Their focus is to achieve a fair and reasonable division of assets, as well as making suitable and appropriate arrangements for any children involved.

This article will highlight five points you should know when proceeding with a divorce.


It’s not quick!

Don’t be fooled by ‘quickie’ divorces online. You need to ensure your matter is being dealt with respectfully and professionally. The divorce process is quite long and it may take quite a few months to deal with a due to the volume of cases which the Courts are dealing with.

Court is not always on the agenda

Divorce proceedings are dealt with on paper and you (generally) will not need to attend Court.  You might need to attend Court if a dispute arises in relation to children or money.

There are no brownie points for good behaviour

A Petition based on adultery or unreasonable behaviour will rarely make any difference to the overall division of monies or assets.  By and large the Court is not interested in why the marriage is ending but rather on the resources which you each have and how they should be divided.

It’s a three step process

Divorce is the process which deals with dissolving the marriage; there is a separate process to deal with dividing the money and assets and a further process dealing with children’s issues, if they cannot be agreed.

You will get what you need, not what you want

There is no set formula for working out who gets what in relation to money.  It is best if an agreement can be negotiated but if you do take your case to a Court hearing the Judge will mainly look at what you both need for the future, not what you have put in.


If you are considering divorce, in the process and would like to discuss your options, please contact our Family Law team on 0191 384 2441.

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