Relationship breakdown can be one of the most stressful and challenging times in an individual’s lifetime. It is an unhappy time when a marriage ends, but sometimes it needs to happen to move on to better things.

Here is a reminder of some tips if you are considering a divorce:
  • A divorce is life changing decision. Consider marriage counselling. Take your time, consider the future, reflect and do not rush into making a decision;
  • Take initial legal advice and understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Being aware of the divorce process will help you feel more in control and less anxious. Speak with 2 or 3 solicitors in order to find one you are comfortable with;
  • Do your homework – get your paperwork together and draw up a list of your assets and debts;
  • Locate your marriage certificate – this document will need to be scanned to the court with your divorce application. If you have misplaced the original certificate, you will need to obtain a certified copy;
  • Put your children first – consider where they are to live and the amount of time they will spend with each parent. Effective communication and building solid foundations at the beginning in your co-parenting journey can help your family for years to come;
  • Check if you are eligible for benefits such as universal credit or a reduction in your council tax;
  • Be tech savvy – consider changing your passwords on social media, email accounts and banking apps.
  • Be IT savvy – exercise caution when posting details of your personal circumstances on social media as this may only serve to increase tensions.
  • Consider speaking to a counsellor and seeking professional help. Self-care is very important.
  • Consider any child maintenance obligations which you may have if you live apart from your children.
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