Initiating a divorce can be a complex and emotionally challenging process. It can be a difficult situation to navigate and therefore we have compiled several key considerations to keep in mind:
- Grounds for Divorce – in Northern Ireland, there needs to a reason for the divorce, such as separation for a specified period or the breakdown of the marriage due to adultery, unreasonable behaviour, or desertion.
- Financial and Property Matters – consideration should be given to the assets, property and debts associated to the marriage, and how same should be divided. These include pensions, savings, property and any joint financial responsibilities. A number of factors will impact the division of these and therefore specialised legal advice should be taken.
- Children – if there are minor children of the marriage, arrangements for their care, where and with whom they will reside, and financial support (child maintenance) should be addressed as a priority. The welfare of the children should be of paramount consideration when discussions take place. We appreciate this can be difficult during such a heightened time for the family, so perhaps an independent third party could assist with communication if necessary.
- Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution – this has and continues to be strongly encouraged by the Courts in Northern Ireland. Services which offer mediation can be extremely beneficial for the parties, particularly when attempting to salvage relations for the interests of children.
Every divorce case is unique and therefore may come with alternative challenges or obstacles. It is therefore crucial that you speak to a specialised solicitor to assist with navigating this difficult time, which will enable you to make informed decisions.
Please do not hesitate to contact our family team at [email protected] or by calling our reception on 02891811538.