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Divorce For Dummies (UK Edition)

Divorce is never going to be an easy experience to go through, emotionally, legally or in terms of the decisions you have to make. You can, however, remove a lot of the pain and hassle from your divorce by following the advice on this Cheat Sheet, and by checking out the organisations and resources you find here.

Divorce Decisions in a Nutshell

You face many tough decisions when negotiating a divorce agreement. In most cases, the basic questions you need to ask yourself boil down to the following:

  • Where will you both, and your children, all live afterwards?

  • Who will the children live with or will you share their day-to-day care?

  • If you agree on the children living primarily with one of you, how will they keep in contact with their other parent?

  • Will you use a parenting plan? If so, what will it include?

  • Which one of you will pay child support?

  • How much will the child support be?

  • Will the child support include items such as spending money, any private healthcare for your children, school tuition, and other child support ‘extras’, such as coaching or music lessons?

  • How long will the child support last?

  • Will maintenance (spousal support) be paid? If so, to whom and how much?

  • How long will the maintenance payments last?

  • What are your assets?

  • What are your debts?

  • How will you divide your assets (for instance, your home, cars, pensions) and how will you share out the paying off of your debts?

Important UK Organisations and Helpful Resources for Divorce-Related Issues

The following list of resources may be of some help as you’re going through your divorce. Keep this information in a handy place (maybe under a refrigerator magnet or inside the phone book):

Legal and mediation resources

Look to these resources for legal or mediation help if you're divorcing your spouse:

Financial resources

You may find assistance with financial matters during your divorce with these resources:

Counselling and support resources

Divorce-related counseling and support services are available through the following:

Resources if you have children

If you're a parent going through a divorce, you can seek out assistance through these resources:

Contact Centres and resources for non-resident parents

Parental resources for non-resident mothers or fathers are available in the following:

Resources if abuse is a risk

In situations of domestic abuse, these resources can provide information and support:

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