When a relationship comes to an end it can be unsettling and nerve wracking to get back on your feet and back into the swing of everyday life. Drowning in paperwork whilst you are trying your hardest to be strong and soldier on through a difficult situation is only going to add to your stress and unhappiness. Visiting a divorce solicitors in Weybridge to discuss your situation will allow them to explain how they could help you as an individual. Having them take care of all of your paperwork means that you have more time to concentrate on yourself and your future. Dealing with the large amount of paperwork is not the only thing your lawyer will be able to help you with, they are also capable of advising you on several different matters and representing you in court, amongst a variety of other things.
Focus on yourself and your children
When a family unit breaks up it is often the children that suffer. Unfortunately, sometimes children are completely uprooted from everything they know, being required to change schools and leave the family home. These days your lawyer will put your children’s needs first and usually they will remain within the family home whenever possible, so they do not need to change schools or have any interruptions to their daily routine. Worrying about children during your separation is normal, but your lawyer is there to ensure that they are treated as a priority and that they benefit from the end result. Wherever possible children should have regular contact with both sets of parents and this is now extended to grandparents too. Wherever possible your lawyer will strive to reach agreements for you outside of the courtroom, in some situations a court appearance will be necessary, but your lawyer will still be able to represent you.
What actually leads to the need for legal separation?
There are a whole multitude of reasons as to why a marriage could come to an end, but there are fewer legal reasons that are classed as legitimate when it comes to filing for a separation. In total there are five categories that your reason for separation could fall into, but you need to make sure that you have been married for at least a year before even starting the process. If your partner has committed adultery, which is considered as having sexual intercourse with someone else, then this is a valid reason to separate, but only if your partner admits to their behaviour. In circumstances where your partner has cheated but will not admit to it, you will be able to file for separation within the category of not being expected to reasonably live with your partner anymore. Aside from adultery there are a range of things that come under this category. In circumstances where a relationship has ended mutually, you will need to wait two years before filing for separation. If you have been deserted by your partner for over two years then this is considered a viable reason to legally separate, and if your partner refuses to consent to a separation then you will need to wait five years before you are able to file for separation.