Amicable divorces don’t make the news headlines (or gripping TV drama storylines!) and therefore, there is a common misconception that getting divorced results in a long, drawn out, expensive ‘court battle’.

The reality is however, most divorces are amicable and only in a relatively small number of cases, do couples actually find themselves attending a court hearing. It is natural for a marriage to run out of steam, and sometimes, both parties are better off going their separate ways. The majority of couples are keen to have an amicable divorce and end things on good terms.

An amicable divorce is one which involves no contesting and both parties are able to come to a mutual agreement without court involvement. These divorces generally include agreeing on matters such as custody of children, child support, property division, spousal support and more.

There are many benefits to an amicable divorce, including:

  • Your costs will be much lower
  • The timescales will be much shorter
  • You have more control over the process, and the outcome
  • It is less stressful

Getting divorced is an emotional and stressful process, the costs of protracted correspondence, lengthy court proceedings, and attending court, will only add to these stresses. It is for all of these reasons that an amicable divorce is always going to be the best option for everyone involved.

Enlisting the help of solicitors does not mean that things cannot remain amicable. Solicitors who specialise in divorce are often associated with long, messy divorce proceedings, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many couples who are hoping to sort matters between themselves to avoid confrontation do not get solicitors involved. However, this can mean missing out on valuable legal advice and guidance. Solicitors can help with amicable divorces and ensure you are getting the best possible outcome.

At Dootsons, our experienced family solicitors are members of Resolution.  Resolution is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way*.  For example, we encourage clients to agree the grounds for divorce, to avoid any unexpected unpleasant paperwork from the court. This helps both parties from being blindsided later down the line.

We also encourage the exchange of financial disclosure on a voluntary basis which enables clients to have the benefit of legal advice regarding the appropriate settlement without needing to apply to the court. When both parties voluntarily provide this information, it makes the entire process of an amicable divorce much easier.

Our tailored approach to divorces, alongside our knowledge, expertise, and experience in amicable splits makes us one of the best choices of solicitors. We are committed to achieving the best outcome for our clients, which means that our clients achieve their desired outcomes wherever possible. Our team are here to help you with an amicable divorce, without the added stress and cost of a court battle.

If you are in the process of getting divorced, or wish to discuss your options, please contact us to speak to a member of our team.