Getting divorced can be a trying experience, both from a financial and an emotional perspective. Here are two steps you can take to make this legal process as simple and straightforward as possible.
Consider going to a mediator before the divorce proceedings begin
Many couples who choose to get divorced find it incredibly difficult to communicate clearly and calmly with one another during this process. Their emotions, frustrations and fears for the future often result in them constantly arguing and getting fixated on petty matters. If you and your spouse are currently struggling in this way, it may be worth going to a mediator before you initiate the divorce proceedings.
This can provide you with the opportunity to discuss important topics (such as what type of child custody arrangement you want or how much spousal maintenance you are likely to need) in a safe setting. If the discussion starts to become irrational or unproductive, the mediator will intervene and calmly return to the original subject that you were talking about, before you and your partner begin to have a full-blown argument.
The mediator can also help both of you to reach compromises that are mutually satisfactory; they can, for example, offer suggestions in regards to how to fairly divide up your shared assets and advise you on what type of custody arrangement would be best for your children.
Making these decisions before you file for divorce can make the proceedings far less acrimonious. This, in turn, can speed the process up, as there will be fewer issues or disagreements that will need to be dealt with before your divorce can be finalised.
Invest in the services of an experienced solicitor
A person who has worked as a family law solicitor for a decade or more will almost certainly charge more for their services than a newly qualified solicitor. However, if your main priority is to ensure that the divorce process goes as smoothly as possible, it is worth hiring someone who has several years of experience in the area of family law.
This type of legal professional will have the kind of knowledge that can only be gained through trial and error. Their wealth of experience will enable them to anticipate and resolve problems during the divorce process, long before these issues begin to complicate or lengthen the proceedings.
Additionally, a seasoned family law solicitor will be far less likely to make an error (such as, for example, forgetting to proofread important paperwork and thus allowing a serious error to be left in the documents) that could result in delays or additional costs.