Divorce lawyers are lawyers or solicitors who practise specifically in the area of divorce law. If you are thinking about divorce and would like to obtain some information about the process and what to expect, then you should consider gaining advice from a divorce lawyer. You should only obtain advice from a divorce specialist who is qualified to give out such advice and is regulated by the appropriate body. In this case, qualified divorce lawyers will be regulated by the Law Society. You can check whether a particular law firm or lawyer is regulated by visiting the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.org.uk.
Getting advice about divorce does not stop at advice on getting the divorce itself. A lawyer can provide you with advice on ancillary matters such as child custody or financial settlements. In divorce, the matter of child custody is first brought to the court’s attention when a ‘statement of arrangements for children’ form is filed at court along with the divorce petition. Every couple, whether child custody is disputed or not, is required to complete this form as part of the divorce process.
When the court receives a statement of arrangements form it will send a copy to the respondent. If the couple are in agreement on where their child should live following divorce then the respondent will sign the form to state that they agree and the form is returned to court. If the couple do not agree then the respondent is able to complete their own statement of arrangements form, stating what they would like to happen regarding custody. If a couple still do not agree, then either of the couple may apply to court for a child custody order.
If you would like to obtain advice on divorce, then Contact Law can put you in touch with a local law firm with specialist divorce lawyers free of charge. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 13/02/2012