You’ve made the appointment… but what’s next?!

We understand that making the decision to see a divorce solicitor can be pretty nerve-wracking, but you’ve made that first step! From your first meeting with us, you want to walk away feeling informed, with knowledge of your options and a plan for moving forward. The more detail you can give, the more detailed the initial meeting and the advice can be.

So, in order to get the most out of your initial meeting, there are a number of ways you can help yourself in preparation:

Make a list!
Main concerns, details of incidents, a timeline, any key dates and important need to knows. But bear in mind the length of the meeting. If it is a short 30 minute introductory then perhaps stick to a general overview, if the meeting is longer, you can go into more detail of course.

Keep records
Try to keep a record of events i.e. key problems, patterns of behaviour and any incidents. If children are involved and you are meeting us to discuss disputed arrangements for children, keeping a record around contact is useful as well.

What to bring with you
Bring along your identification documents and any other helpful information regarding the case you may have.

Finances
During the first meeting we may discuss the value of your home, any mortgages and value of any assets and debts you and your spouse have. You don’t need to provide documents at this early stage but it’s helpful to do some preparation.

Be honest
During the process, honesty really is always the best policy! We won’t be able to properly advise and support you if we don’t have all of the information.

Have faith in the process
Sometimes clients can become disheartened and frustrated but unfortunately, divorce isn’t a super quick process.

Take comfort in support
Remember, you don’t have to come to the initial meeting alone. A close friend or family member can come with you.

Be guided by us
We will tailor our professional advice specifically to your personal circumstances, your needs and your resources. No two cases are the same, so even the advice of friends and family with similar experience may not be the same as the advice given to you by us.

Take time to reflect
Don’t feel rushed into making decisions at the first meeting. We will be clear if we think urgent action is required, but we want you to have the opportunity to reflect in your own time.

Ask questions
No question is silly. For many people this is their first time navigating a divorce procedure.

5 questions you may like to ask:

  1. Do you need any other information from me?
  2. Do I have to pay any fees up front? Is there such a thing as a payment plan?
  3. How long can I expect the process to take?
  4. Will you be solely dealing with my case or will other members of the firm be involved?
  5. What are the next steps after this meeting?

Contact our specialist family law team for further advice on 01792 468684 or email enquiries@pgmsolicitors.co.uk.

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