In our section on DIY divorce, we said that if you and your spouse don’t agree about how to move forward after your divorce (arrangements for children, money, etc), it is a good idea to get advice from a divorce solicitor.
It goes without saying that divorce is a stressful and emotional experience. So your divorce solicitor must be someone that you are comfortable with, you trust and can confide in.
And of course, it also goes without saying that they should be a specialist in family law and the legal procedures around getting a divorce in Northern Ireland.
It’s quite possible that you have to meet with a number of divorce solicitors before you choose which one is best for you and your case.
It’s also possible that the best solicitor for you is not necessarily one you already know or is based locally.
(In fact, due to the sensitive nature of divorce proceedings, sometimes people prefer to instruct a solicitor that they don’t know – it keeps things private).
Before you meet the solicitor for the first time, think about a list of questions that you will want them to answer.
This will help you assess if they are the person you want to represent you at this sensitive and difficult time.
Here are some ideas of things you could ask:
If you ask the above questions, and any others that come to mind during your consultation, you will get a good idea if the solicitor is someone you can have confidence in, and someone who would like to have fighting your corner.
Divorce is difficult enough – you will have plenty to deal with as you go through it – you don’t want to be worrying about your solicitor on top of everything else!
So if you have reservations about the first solicitor you meet with, don’t be afraid to keep making appointments until you find one that you like and have confidence in.