Posted on: 25 August 2017Share
Getting divorced can be an emotionally exhausting experience. If you would prefer not to drag out this legal process for any longer than is necessary, here are a few tips which should be of use to you.
Get your paperwork in order
If you and your spouse have been together for several years and have, during this period of time, accumulated a number of shared assets, you will need to divide up these assets at some point during the divorce proceedings. This can be quite complex. However, by making sure that you have all of your financial account information readily available, you should be able to speed up the potentially lengthy process of asset division.
As such, it's worth devoting a few hours of your time to collecting all of the documentation that your family lawyer will need from you. This might include bank statements (for both current and savings accounts), the deeds for any properties that you own, life insurance policies, pension paperwork, mortgage documents and (if you intend to sell your current property) house valuation paperwork.
Choose the right lawyer
The family lawyer you choose to hire to represent you throughout the divorce process will play a significant role in how long winded the proceedings end up being.
Before you agree to hire a specific person, make sure to ask them how many other cases they are working on at the moment. Ideally, you should hire a lawyer who is not handling more than two or three other cases.
If you select a person who is already very busy dealing with queries and requests from their other clients, then it is possible that they will be somewhat slow in responding to your questions and concerns, simply because they do not have a great deal of time to spare throughout the work day. It may also take them longer to file the necessary documentation. These factors may, in turn, extend the length of the divorce proceedings.
It would also be wise to hire a lawyer that has an office that is easy for you to reach by car or foot. If you have to travel more than an hour from your place of work or your home in order to get to them, you may struggle to find the time to attend important meetings (particularly if you have a full-time job, or have young children that do not yet attend daycare or school). This too could negatively affect the speed with which the divorce proceedings are completed.
For more information, contact a family lawyer.