A divorce can be amicable and can run smoothly if handled with a measure of understanding and an insightful and thorough approach during what can be a difficult time, and in sensitive circumstances. Here is some basic guidance on things to do:

• Engage in mediation

Mediation can be a quick, affordable and client-led method of conflict resolution, addressing the personal, sensitive matters that arise from your separation. The Family Mediator is an impartial and neutral referee between you and your former partner to help you make the right choices and decisions for you and your family. Our Louise Martin is a trained mediator who would be happy to assist.

• Provide full financial disclosure

It is usual practice before a financial agreement can be reached to provide financial disclosure, this is exchanged with the other party. The Court takes a very dim view of parties dissipating or not disclosing financial assets and full and frank financial disclosure is required. We can assist in what to produce and prepare your financial disclosure if necessary.

• The children come first

The Court will always put the children’s well-being of the most paramount importance when deciding financial matters in a divorce or indeed any contact arrangements after separation. It is important to think about what is best for your children and put their needs first when going through your divorce.

• Try and keep the lines of communication open

It is possible to communicate direct with your spouse during your divorce proceedings and keeping the lines of communication open can be advantageous. Try and communicate as neutral and open minded as possible. Try and explain reasoning. This may assist when negotiating a financial settlement. We understand however that communication is just not an option in some circumstances and we can help to bridge these gaps.
At Onions & Davies we adopt a conciliatory manner and we endeavour to provide clients with the best possible advice to reach a fair and reasonable settlement. Please contact our family law team on 01630 652405, we would be delighted to help.