Embarking on divorce, civil partnership dissolution or judicial separation can be a distressing and sobering thought. It is usual to feel somewhat overwhelmed and anxious.

There is a lot to think about when you go through the divorce process: children, finances, what will happen to the family home, the savings, pensions, where will you live, and what happens to the pets?  These are all considerations your lawyer will discuss with you. Try to have a clear view what it is you want to achieve from the process, remembering the aim is to reach a settlement which is reasonable in all the circumstances and does not leave one party financial disadvantaged.

Your first meeting is an opportunity for your lawyer to explain the options available to you and to gather information. We have compiled a list of the basic information you will be required to provide:

Key Facts/Details:

The Relationship / Marriage / Civil Partnership

  1. Keep things factual and to the point – your divorce lawyer will naturally sift through the required information you are communicating but the more precise you are the more you will get from the meeting.
  2. You will need to provide the following documents, key dates and details:
    1. Date of marriage / civil partnership and, if applicable, separation;
    2. The original Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate. Do not worry if you do not have this, a replacement can be obtained.
    3. Dates of birth of both you and your spouse;
    4. When the relationship commenced;
    5. Where you both lived during the marriage / civil partnership;


  1. Dates of birth and full names of any children of the relationship and children from previous relationships;
  2. Educational arrangements for the children;
  3. Current and existing contact arrangements in place (if any);
  4. Any previous Court Orders relating to the children;
  5. Any involvement of authorities, i.e. Social Services;
  6. Details of any Child Maintenance payments made either voluntarily or via the Child Maintenance Service


  1. Brief summary of joint and single assets and debts of the parties, i.e. property, bank accounts, savings, cars, pensions, salary, bonuses, state benefits; businesses; credit cards; loans and mortgages;
  2. Details of any pre or post nuptial agreements;
  3. Details of any significant financial events during the marriage, i.e. inheritance; sale of properties; sale of assets; sale of businesses; gifts; loans;
  4. Details of any Spousal maintenance;

Emergency Orders and Domestic Abuse (if applicable):

  1. Details of any previous Non-Molestation, Occupation or Prohibited Steps Orders;
  2. Details of any relevant police / medical involvement, logs and records.

Health / Disorders:

  1. Any health/disability concerns you may be suffering which may impact your ability to work.

We can help

Should you wish to book and speak to the Ringrose Law family team then contact Emma Darley on 01636 594460/01522 561020. Emma also runs a free advice clinic the last Friday of every month.


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