Employing a solicitor

If you haven’t used a solicitor before, you might decide now is the time to bring one on board.

In order for a judge to make a decision for you, they need to have a lot of information provided to them in a specific format.

Court proceedings make the exchange of financial and other information more formal, possibly also more detailed than you did before, and with strict time limits imposed. 

Employing a solicitor to gather and deliver all of this to the court for you might be more expensive, but dealing with it on your own is difficult.

Representing yourself at a hearing is also harder than people anticipate.

If you do decide to use a solicitor, you must be informed how much legal representation is costing you at every stage in an attempt to refocus on settling your differences. 

It also makes sense to set up a standing order to cover your monthly fees so that you know where you are up to as you go along.

Cost, risk, benefit

Every now and then I advise people to carry out a cost, risk, benefit check.

Ask yourself, what is the cost of proving or winning this particular point?

What is the risk that I will fail?

What is the benefit to me of winning it?

If the benefit doesn’t outweigh the cost, make a mental note that this is one that you are prepared to drop or concede, perhaps as part of a negotiation for something that means more to you.