Divorce during lockdown

Couples who were struggling in a relationship prior to Covid 19 have had the added pressure of being in lock-down together.

If you are in that situation and have realised that the relationship is truly at an end, it is an added frustration to feel that you can't get out and do anything about it. However it is possible to make some progress even in lock-down. You can speak to one of our lawyers now to find out where you stand and how to move things forward. You don't need to come to our offices.We offer telephone and video consultations. Call us on 01827 317070 for a no-obligation, confidential discussion or email Susan Davies sdavies@pickerings-solicitors.com.

You can also make use of the time available to you during lock-down by taking some practical steps now which will save time later:

Finances - start to get your information together for financial disclosure. Financial disclosure is a full statement of your financial circumstances with documents to provide evidence of this. You will need to provide information on bank accounts, mortgages, wage slips or proof of self-employed earnings, pensions, savings and investments,businesses, tax, property and other assets   Pulling together all of this information can be a time-consuming process, so it makes sense to work on this earlier rather than later. Pay greater attention to your finances generally. This way, if your spouse decides to try to hide assets, you are more likely to become aware and be in a position to stop this.

ID - make sure you have your passport and driving licence in a safe place in case you need to leave home in a hurry. At the very least, keep a copy or photo of these documents so that you can prove your identity in the event that you are unable to access the original documents.  

Planning for the future - give some thought to how you will live in future. Will you need to leave the marital home. If you have children, how will you tell them about the divorce? What arrangements will you make for their care in the future?

We hope that talking to one of our lawyers may help you through this difficult and irritating period.

If however you are in a situation  where you face domestic violence or abuse consult nationaldahelpline.org.uk. or telephone them on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency call 999.