Posted on: 29 August 2016
You may have heard the saying that there is really no such thing as a friendly divorce, but may have dismissed it because you and your spouse have decided to split on very good terms. While it's commendable that you and your spouse are able to avoid the drama that often accompanies this type of breakup, you may be very naïve to think that you shouldn't consult with a family law attorney. Note when it's good to at least consult with such a solicitor and how they can protect you during your divorce.
If you're acting on emotion or exhaustion
After a long time of being in a marriage that isn't working, you may be exhausted and happy to just be done with the relationship. You may also be angry, sad, confused, or feel intimidated by the process and are thinking that you should just sign papers and walk away.
While no one can tell you the best way to protect yourself and your health during a divorce, acting on emotion or exhaustion is a surefire way of making a mistake during the divorce process. You may be too quick to sign papers and then later regret giving your spouse more than their fair share of property or child visitation. If you know you're not in the best frame of mind, talk to a solicitor so they can handle the unpleasant details of the divorce and ensure that you're protected.
If you're making decisions based on advice from friends
One reason that some couples decide to manage their own divorce is that they listen to incorrect advice, from well-meaning friends or relatives. In turn, they may assume their rights for visitation, property division, spousal support, and the like. If you're basing your decisions on advice from anyone other than a solicitor, it's good to speak to someone with actual knowledge of the law first so you can make an informed decision.
When children's rights are involved
Don't assume anything when it comes to children, visitation, custody, and child support in a divorce. This is especially true if one parent may be trying to interfere with what are a child's rights or the rights of the other parent when it comes to children, including the right to visitation with each parent, the right to expose a child to a different religion, to send them to a certain school, have them participate in sports, and so on. The law may protect both parents and their ability to make these decisions so children are also protected throughout the divorce proceedings.Share