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After separation, making an appointment to seek legal advice can seem like a very daunting task, particularly when you are already coping with one of the top three most stressful life events. In the Family Department at Edwards & Co we are highly conscious of this fact and have noticed that our clients find a list like the one we’ve set out below very helpful in preparing for your initial meeting with your solicitor.

  1. It is important to choose a solicitor who specialises in family law to ensure you are provided with the right advice from the very beginning.
  2. Book your appointment at a time suitable and convenient to you without any time constraints. The initial consultation will take at least one hour and it is important you do not feel under pressure.
  3. Take some time to prepare for your meeting. Gather as much information as you can on the following matters;
    Income: Details of all sources of income received by you and your spouse if possible.
    Assets: What property do you and/or your spouse own? Do you or your spouse have any savings or investments? Do your or your spouse have a pension?
    Expenses: Try and detail all the money you spend on a monthly basis such as your mortgage, rent, utility bills, grocery bill, school fees, car payments, insurances etc.
    Liabilities: Details of any loans or mortgages that you or your spouse have outstanding including credit cards, student loans, mortgages, car loans and private loans.
  4. Bring with you two forms of identification together with your marriage certificate and children's birth certificates (if relevant).
  5. Make a list of your main questions and concerns. This list will be a helpful aide memoir for you during your consultation to ensure you have sought advice on everything causing you concern.
  6. Consider bringing a close friend or relative to help you recall the advice and information provided. It may also assist you to bring a note pad.

At your initial consultation with Edwards and Company, our experienced family department will provide you with advice and assistance on all aspects of your separation and we will continue to guide you through this process until the end. If you need advice pursuant to separation please do not hesitate to contact our Family Department.