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The Process of a Divorce – Part 2 by Karen Weiner

By in All Blogs, Family Law Category on January 23rd, 2015

Step 2 – Choosing a Family and Divorce Solicitor

Whether or not you have made the final decision to separate or divorce as I said in the first part of this series of blogs, it is always a good idea to seek legal advice at an early stage. Choosing the right divorce and family lawyer that you feel comfortable with and whose advice you trust is integral not only to how your divorce or separation proceeds but also to how you deal with it emotionally.

So how do you find such a divorce solicitor?

As with any service the best starting point is recommendation. Do you know anyone who has been through a divorce or separation who could recommend their solicitor to you? Or even someone who could recommend their ex partner or spouse’s solicitor? They may have been on the other side of a good lawyer and wished that lawyer had acted for them! This has happened to me – I got a call from a lady who had been recommended to me by a friend. I didn’t act for the friend, I acted for his wife! Ask around – friends, family, colleagues, business contacts. Alternatively, you could ask for recommendations on social media for example, if you are a member of a local Facebook group.

Of course you may not want your friends, family or colleagues at work to know that you are thinking about splitting up. In that case you could ask other professionals you have dealt with. For example an accountant or financial advisor or the solicitor you may have used when you purchased your house or made your will. Many professionals work together and can recommend you to another good professional they have worked with before.

Failing that there are a number of others way you could find a family lawyer for your divorce:

  • Resolution – this is the national organisation of family lawyers. You can make a search on their website www.resolution.org.uk for a family lawyer in your local area. Some family lawyers, such as myself, are accredited as specialists by Resolution. This means we are proven experts in certain areas of family law such as divorce finances or children disputes (custody and access).
  • Your local Citizens Advice Bureau will usually have a list of family solicitors in the local area. They may even offer a free advice clinic once a month.
  • Your local newspaper or a magazine delivered through your door may carry an advert for a local firm of solicitors who deal with divorce or separation.
  • Google search – narrow your search by searching in your local area and use particular terms such as ‘family solicitor Watford’ or divorce lawyer St Albans’ rather than casting your net too wide. Also just because a firm appears at the top of the google search doesn’t mean they are the best. Spend some time looking at their website and the profiles of the individual solicitors to get a feel for the firm and what sort of approach they might take. Do they feel right for you? Do you want a friendly, personal approach or a more hard nosed commercial approach?
  • Online directories such as yell.com

Whatever way you find your solicitor it is essential that you have either an initial discussion with them over the telephone or a face to face meeting to see if they are right for you.

In my next blog I will discuss what to expect from a first meeting with a divorce solicitor and whether you should pay for that initial consultation.

If you need advice on any issue surrounding your divorce or breakdown of your relationship call me, Karen Weiner on 01923 521003 or email me at kjweiner@thelawhouse.com