Recent statistics show that the divorce rate in the United Kingdom is estimated at 42%, having increased in recent years. There are many reasons why a marriage may not last. The previous legislation indicated that the reasons for divorce could be unreasonable behaviour, two years separation with consent, five years separation with no consent needed, adultery or desertion. During this time unreasonable behaviour was the most common reason stated for why a couple wanted to separate. Although there is no definitive list of unreasonable behaviours, it can be used to describe an action or a certain way in which your spouse has behaved that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them any longer. This includes violence, bad habits or addiction, emotional abuse, lack of support, lack of affection or inappropriate relationships outside of the marriage.
The role of divorce solicitors
If you feel that you are unhappy in your marriage, or you can no longer continue with your marriage, either as a result of unreasonable behaviour or other reasons you need to speak to divorce solicitors in Weybridge before you make any decisions. Divorce solicitors will listen to your story and provide you with professional, impartial advice that will help you make the right decision for you and your family. They will inform you of the options that are available for you and the consequences or benefits of your actions. You will be able to make an informed decision if you speak to divorce solicitors first. Not all marriages are made to last forever and sometimes separating may be the most suitable option for you and everyone involved. With the right support and advice, this may be the best decision that you have ever made. Your divorce solicitors may advise that you take more time before you begin to proceed or in certain circumstances they may advise that you proceed with your decision immediately.
No fault divorce law
The process of applying for a divorce is a lot more simple than it was previously. You do not have to provide evidence for why your marriage has broken down. Rather you can simply state that you have irreconcilable differences with your spouse. Your spouse can no longer contest the divorce, which means that the process itself should be reasonably simple and avoid conflict between the two parties. Unfortunately, although the application may be simple, there are a huge range of other factors which need to be considered, discussed and agreed upon. Where you have children involved, it is significantly more difficult. Therefore it is in your best interest that your divorce solicitors are involved from the outset to ease the process as much as possible and help you achieve a positive outcome for you and your loved ones.
Factors to agree upon
There are many factors to take into consideration with regard to any children. You will need to agree on where your children will live, their education, how to share time between the parents, taking the children out of the country, their religious upbringing, any ongoing medical treatment and even the name by which the child will be known if they are yet to be born. When necessary, in special circumstances your divorce solicitors can help you with regard to applying for a specific issue order or a prohibited steps order. However, this is only necessary in certain situations such as when there is a history of domestic violence or abuse. You can come to an agreement amongst yourselves, but it is recommended that you have the help of a mediator or divorce solicitors to make sure that you achieve the best possible outcome. You also need to come to an agreement over how to divide the home, money or property, and this includes a temporary plan as well as a permanent plan for the future. This is because the first few months can often help determine how you wish to proceed later on rather than making a permanent decision at the beginning and regretting that decision in the future. This is why it is very important to have divorce solicitors involved throughout the process.
If you are able to come to an agreement with regard to your children, money and property with the help of a mediator or your divorce solicitors, then this means you are very unlikely to have to go to a court hearing. This helps ease the process further and avoids further costs, complications and conflict. Divorce is costly, both financially and emotionally, therefore the more simple and amicable the process can be, the more beneficial it is for everyone. Speak to your divorce solicitors today to find out more.