But you might still want to get legal advice or mediation in some situations. Mediation involves using an impartial third party to help you reach agreement. For example, if you and your ex-partner can’t agree about:
- any debts you have
- the home you’ve lived in
- how to split what you own, or
- arrangements for your children.
There are several ways to handle the separation:
- You can arrange your separation entirely on your own.
- If you believe you have a claim against your ex-partner or they’re going to make a claim against you, you can talk to a solicitor to find out what you can do.
- You can use a mediator to help you both reach an agreement.
If you use a solicitor for lots of face-to-face meetings and telephone calls – and especially if your case goes to court – the legal costs could get very expensive.
If you can, try to avoid arguing with your ex-partner through a solicitor.