Divorce Lawyers Glasgow & Rutherglen
A relationship breaking down, working out a financial settlement and issues concerning the children can be very emotional and testing times. We work with you to try and avoid the confrontations that it is easy to fall into.
Divorce Law in Scotland
A divorce following the breakdown of a marriage requires an Order of the Court – although you won’t necessarily have to appear in Court in person. All the actions and paperwork can be dealt with by your solicitor.
Depending on your individual circumstances, the process of getting a divorce can be relatively straightforward or it can be extremely complicated.
It there are no outstanding financial issues that need to be sorted out and you have no children under the age of 16 then you may be able to get a simplified divorce – sometimes referred to as a ‘quickie divorce’.
The more issues you can settle before filing for divorce, the less chance there is that you will have to go to court. If the parties cannot agree then the case goes to a Sheriff court and witnesses can be called. If you both agree or if you have a Separation Agreement then the process is simpler, and quicker.
CBC will guide you through the legal processes you will face whilst going through a divorce process and give you practical advice on all the aspects of the law you need to know about.
Top 10 tips for couples considering serparation
- Many clients tell us that their decision to separate has not come as a surprise to their spouse or partner or to their family and friends. It can be a challenge to end a long-term relationship, but talking openly to your spouse or partner as well as your family and friends might help make the process less stressful.
- Life changes can be stressful and emotionally draining. You might consider looking for support from a counsellor or family therapist. Many counsellors have significant experience in supporting couples who are going through a separation and divorce. We have a network of contacts and other resources that might be of help to you.
- It is very important to know where you stand legally – even if it is only at an early stages of thinking about bringing the relationship to an end. An initial consultation with a specialist family law solicitor can prove invaluable.
- You need to think about what you would like your future to look like. You need to think about whether would you like to stay in the family home, for instance, or whether you would prefer to move out and set up another home. Your thoughts and view about what you would like to happen can help to shape the decisions you make in the legal process.
- Please be aware that separation does not necessarily have to involve an adversarial process. We will advise you of the range of options available when it comes to resolving the issues that need to be addressed. These include conventional negotiation, collaborative practice, mediation, arbitration, as well as court proceedings.
- Gather as much information about your financial position as you can. It is not unusual to discover long forgotten policies, or information relating to an occupational pension from a previous employer. The more groundwork you do before you consult us, the more we will be able to generate when it comes to considering your options going forward.
- Prepare your budget. You need to know how much money you will need going forward and to know how much may be available to support a second household.
- When it comes to pensions, there are many more options than there used to be. We can discuss pension sharing with you as this might be a useful option, particularly where there is insufficient capital to meet a settlement, or if one spouse has very little pension provision. There is also a range of other pension options we can discuss with you.
- It also pays to obtain advice from a financial advisor, especially where pensions are involved. There can be situations where expert input will add value to your case and we can liaise with your financial advisor to make sure that solutions are tailored to your particular needs. As with counsellors, some financial advisors have particular expertise in working with separating clients.
- It pays to take advice from an experienced, knowledgeable family law solicitor. By instructing our specialist family team you will access wider knowledge and experience than you would by instructing a non-specialist solicitor.
Contact our divorce lawyers in Glasgow & Rutherglen
If you have any questions about getting a divorce or would like to make an appointment to discuss your requirements, please contact our solicitors on 0141 647 9851 and ask for Susan or Esther. Alternatively, you can use our online enquiry form.