We understand that meeting with a solicitor can be a daunting and unusual event for many. With the added uncertainty, stress and emotion of a relationship breakdown, the lead up to an initial meeting with a divorce solicitor can result in a significant amount of apprehension.
At Steele Raymond, it is our aim to provide a ‘safe space’ in which you are free discuss these matters in way that is most comfortable. In doing so, it is our hope that your first meeting with one of our divorce solicitors is tailored to your specific needs and is as unimposing as possible.
To ensure that you and your divorce solicitor get the most out of the meeting, it is crucial that the circumstances of your relationship and family life are fully and accurately understood. With this information, your solicitor will be able to assess your options and provide you with the best possible advice both at the beginning and throughout the divorce process.
In preparation for your first divorce consultation, you should consider the following:
When children are a part of the divorce process there are a number of additional considerations to make.
These will be explained by your solicitor at the initial meeting. In order to protect your children, it is of great important to highlight any potential issues with regards to their care. Alternatively, you should make your solicitor aware of any childcare plans you may have already made to make with your spouse.
A good divorce meeting or consultation is underpinned by a two-way conversation. Not only is it beneficial for you and your divorce solicitor to build a solid rapport, but sharing as much information as possible, from both sides and confidentially, will help the efficacy of the process.
The concept of a ‘good’ divorce may seem strange, but if you decide to proceed it is important that you have a firm idea of the desired result and to make this clear during your first consultation.
For instance, if there are children involved, it may be that your priority – and thus the best possible result – is to agree on arrangements for their care and how their time will be shared between you and your former spouse. Alternatively, there may be financial considerations, such as income provision, property interests, investments or business ownership, which you wish to prioritise in your consultation.
Whatever you feel is a ‘good’ outcome, it is important to make this as clear as possible to your divorce solicitor from the outset in order that your solicitor understands your goals and so that they can advise you about seeking to achieve them.
I’m Daniel Sanders and I am a partner and head of the Family team at Steele Raymond. So at a first meeting for family law advice at Steele Raymond, it will usually take place at the offices here.
It’s a completely confidential meeting, which provides you with the opportunity to tell us your story. It provides me with the opportunity to listen to that story and give you some advice on exactly what’s happening in your life. The environment here is quite natural and relaxed. So, it really lends to a clear discussion about your circumstances.
You always appreciate that it could be very difficult to talk about sensitive subject areas, such as items to do with marriage or divorce but we’re very keen to ensure that you feel comfortable in a meeting. That we’re able to actually get the information that we need, and the information-gathering process is very important. It enables me to give you advice on the circumstances arising, it enables you to feel at ease in providing that information.
That in turn builds the solicitor-client relationship, which is equally very important.
To speak to one of our solicitors or to arrange an initial divorce consultation, please contact Daniel Sanders or a member of our family team on 01202 983999. Alternatively, you can enquire using the form below.
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