There are a variety of reasons couples decide to end a marriage. Going through a divorce can be distressing, so it’s important people seek out advice to help them through it. A divorce can take a while to finalise and costs can build up, so you need to make sure this is the option you wish to pursue.
Some of the most common reasons for wanting a divorce include: desertion, adultery and problems with behaviour (including domestic abuse). If you are certain divorce is the best avenue, you will need to file for it and fill out the appropriate court forms. In most cases a solicitor will need to be contacted to help with proceedings. However, some divorces can end without one. If both parties agree to a separation, the paperwork can be filled out without a solicitor being present.
Who to inform
Once a decision has been reached, it is vital the appropriate people and channels are informed about the upcoming divorce. This is usually any company or bank accounts that are in a joint name. Bills for gas, electric and water will need to be changed. You will also need to tell the benefits office, if you are receiving benefits, as well as doctors, dentists and any child health clinics.
Children will also need to be informed, especially if they are young and living at home. This can be a stressful time for children, so it’s important to handle it with care.
There is also money to consider. While it doesn’t seem obvious, it may be worth seeking advice from a chartered accountant. There are many firms in the UK that can help couples going through a divorce work out financial aspects. This is particularly useful if there is a family business being run.
It’s never an easy decision to make, but it’s good to know that there are people who can alleviate the emotional strain of going through a divorce, so you can cope better.