Right from the very outset, when you start considering divorce, you should be mindful of the evidence that you might need.
This is in addition to what we have spoken about already, e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificates, etc.
If there is a chance that your partner will contest the divorce, you may need to have evidence to prove the ground (or "fact") on which you are basing your divorce (e.g. Unreasonable Behaviour, Adultery, etc).
This could vary hugely, from doctors notes to Whatsapp messages, from receipts/invoices to Facebook posts/emails.
Remember also, even if your partner consents to the divorce, they may be more difficult to deal with when it comes to sorting out the financial settlement (which often comes after the legal divorce process).
Useful evidence when it comes to that part of the process could include:
The other thing to be mindful of, during a divorce is the evidence that you are creating.
At some point in the proceedings, if an issue is in dispute, the other side can request discovery of various information (sometimes this can include information that you might think is private).
So be careful about what you write in Facebook posts, Whatsapp messages, emails, etc.
Think twice before making any public statements that might have an impact on your evidence to the court.
Everyone hopes that their divorce and financial settlements go smoothly.
But for some people that simply doesn’t happen – and the last thing you want is for an ill-judged Facebook post to cost you work against you in court.