If your relationship has broken down, we can help you to understand your rights and options, whether you’re married or not. You may need to think about:
•sorting out arrangements for any children
•where each of you will live
•dividing up shared money or property
•how you will cope financially on your own
It is best not to decide anything until you’ve had time to think about your options and taken advice. This is especially true if you have children or have experienced domestic abuse (please see our advice pages on these topics for information). If you live together, it is important to understand your rights before deciding what to do about your home. Your partner cannot usually make you leave your home, for example by changing the locks or forcing you to leave.
If you need help to come to an agreement, you could try mediation. A mediator can help you to make arrangement without having to go to court. It is usually cheaper, quicker and less stressful. The Ministry of Justice has recently launched a voucher scheme which will provide up to £500 towards the mediation costs for eligible cases. Please see their website for info.
Getting a divorce
You can start to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership if you’ve been married or in a civil partnership for at least 1 year. It will help if you have already agreed what will happen to your children, money and property and what grounds you are giving for your divorce or dissolution. It is often advisable to speak to a solicitor before getting a divorce. The Law Society has produced a helpful leaflet about ‘Getting a Divorce’ which tells you about the process. Please see their website for info.
If you would like to speak with an adviser about relationship breakdown, please get in touch.
AdviceNow - https://www.advicenow.org.uk/divorce-and-separation
Gov.uk Family Mediation Voucher Scheme - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/family-mediation-voucher-scheme
Relate - https://www.relate.org.uk/find-my-nearest-relate/centre/kent-west-mid-kent-relate-centre
Law Society - Leaflet on ‘Getting a Divorce’ https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/public/for-public-visitors/common-legal-issues/getting-a-divorce