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What are the goals of a “good” divorce?

Divorce has 3 main goals: 

• to legally end the marriage (so the parties can move on), 
• to divide marital assets, and 
• to make arrangements for children.


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to get a divorce in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist divorce solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

What are the goals of a “good” divorce?

Divorce has three main goals:


1. Ending Your Marriage

If your marriage has broken down and there is no chance of you getting back together, divorce legally ends it. You can move on as a single person, and are free to remarry if you want to.

2. Dividing Assets

If you and your partner have assets from your time together (money, property, pensions, etc.), you can decide how everything is going to be divided between you in a fair way. If you can't reach agreement with your ex regarding finances, you can issue ancillary relief proceedings (these are when you ask the court to assist with financial arrangements).

3. Arrangements For Children 

If you have children from the marriage, decisions can be made about things like custody, support, maintenance, decision-making, contact, and so on.


If you are in the early stages of thinking about getting a divorce, these are the issues that you should be thinking carefully about now.

Going into a divorce process, you will need to have a plan about what you want to happen with your finances and children, and these are inevitably the areas that cause the most tension.

So it makes sense to give them serious thought right from the beginning.

The above article is part of our guide on how to get a divorce in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland specialist divorce solicitor who will be able to provide advice tailored to your own personal circumstances.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
Every effort is made to keep this guide up to date. Although it is not to be regarded as legal advice, we strive to make sure the information is helpful, accurate and practical. If you are a Northern Ireland divorce solicitor and have spotted an inaccuracy, you can submit a suggested change.
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