When a relationship breaks down, it can be an extremely stressful and uncertain time. There are often legal implications when a relationship ends:
- What will happen about the house?
- How will I manage on my own financially?
- What about the children?
Legal advice should be sought at an early stage so you can know “where you stand”.
For solicitors, it is important when we meet with our clients that we get a comprehensive picture. We need to get as much information as possible about financial affairs so we can advise our clients.
For a married couple, we need to know about when the relationship began, how long it lasted and the date of the breakdown and the date of separation. We will always need to see the marriage certificate
On finances we will need information regarding income, property, cars, savings, pensions and any debts with documents to show the value if at all possible.
Where there are children, we need to know whether there are any issues relating to alcohol, drugs, mental health, violence, police or social services involvement. If there are previous proceedings, we will need to see a copy of any court orders.
Taking a few moments to get together the above information will help us to give you the best possible advice, and give you the options you need to go forward.