If you feel comfortable and your finances are relatively simple then you could research doing your divorce yourselves with no help from a solicitor. Although the divorce process in itself is relatively simple, it is the finances that usually cause the most issues between spouses.
A mediator – an independent third party – can also be helpful when discussing the terms of your divorce with your spouse. They can help you to reach an agreement by making sure discussions are constructive but will not be able to offer you legal advice. Another option is to use the collaborative law approach, where both of your solicitors are present with you and your spouse and discussions take place with the aim of reaching a satisfactory outcome for both parties.
You could also ask your solicitor to negotiate on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for you. This would mean that it wouldn’t be necessary to meet up with your spouse. If you cannot reach an agreement with your spouse then you may end up having to go to court or, alternatively, you can ask a family arbitrator to make the decision for you if you would prefer to keep your divorce settlement completely confidential.
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