Based on figures, there were 48,517 couples in Australia who got divorced in 2015. This showed a slow, but steady increase in the rates of divorce and separation in the country. The number of people consulting divorce lawyers is gradually increasing.
If you’re one of them, here are three things you divorce lawyer may want you to know. Keep these in mind if you’re looking or consulting with divorce lawyers in Townsville:
You should approach a divorce process as you would a business transaction.
First, you should come prepared. Being prepared for the first meeting (and every meeting for that matter), means you bring with you everything that could help the case — financial documents, evidence, recordings, anything that would help you solidify the grounds for separation and/or divorce. These should be as complete as possible so you don’t have to go back and forth.
Second, you need to be emotionally prepared. This means leaving your emotions out the door, which leaves us to the second item on this list.
Divorce lawyers not your marriage counsellor or therapist.
Every divorce is unique and difficult. There are couples who separate with little wounds, but there are also messy ones that can drag on for years. The truth is that all divorces are emotionally messy no matter how much you know you are going to be better when it’s all over.
Every divorce leaves a mark on people, especially on children, but your lawyer isn’t your marriage counsellor or therapist. Don’t always go to them looking for guidance on how to patch things up or how to hurt your soon-to-be ex-spouse. You can consult other experts for that.
It takes time, both the legal proceeding and the healing.
No matter how much you want it to be over, a divorce proceeding can still take a lot of time, effort, and resources to finalise. Don’t expect things to happen overnight. And when it’s all over, the healing part can also take years. If you need someone to talk to, make sure you are surrounded by family and friends who can listen to you when you need to talk.
These facts can help you become practical about the legal aspects of divorce. Remember these if you’re going through a tough phase in your marriage, which could lead to an inevitable separation.