Splitting up and remaining friends is possible

Juliet Walker at Pearsons & Ward can help you survive the turmoil

Deciding to end a relationship is one of the most difficult decisions you can ever make. While there is nothing you can do to stop the feelings of sadness that separation inevitably brings, there are steps you can take to make the process of separation as painless as possible. With the help of Pearsons & Ward you can approach it with the right mind-set and be more prepared in order to help you survive the upheaval and hopefully have an easier time getting through this difficult period.

“Many people think that when a couple decide to divorce or separate, the only way to sort things out is to go to court and fight your corner. However, this does not have to be the case,” says Juliet Walker, Family Solicitor at Pearsons & Ward.

There are other, less confrontational, less formal and more cooperative ways for couples to come to an agreement, such as: Collaborative law, Mediation, Arbitration and Lawyer assisted negotiations.

At Pearsons & Ward, we firmly believe that by working together with your former spouse or partner, and us as your solicitor, it is possible in most cases to achieve an amicable end to your relationship.

Negotiating a financial settlement

What should happen to the family home and how you will afford to live are likely to be your biggest concerns, particularly if you have no or only limited income of your own and you have got young children. You may also need to negotiate spousal maintenance or decide what will happen to your family business.

Deciding arrangements for children

Shielding your children from upset is usually a high priority for most parents. You will need to work out where they will live, where they will go to school, how much time they should spend with each parent, how they should be financially and emotionally supported, and how their relationships with wider family members can be preserved. Decisions on these matters need to be taken with the children's best interests in mind.

Thinking about the arrangements that need to be made to cater for the aftermath of a divorce or separation can be overwhelming, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. This is where specialist legal advice from our family lawyer becomes invaluable.

For a confidential discussion on divorce or separation, or any family law problem, please contact:

Juliet Walker

01653 692247
juliet.walker@pearslaw.co.uk

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