Divorce - a survival toolkit
Ending a marriage or civil partnership
If you’re at the start of what looks like a separation or divorce you may be feeling very stressed and anxious. There are all sorts of worries at this point: over the future, over money, over being involved in the law, over children (if you have any). This is a normal reaction. And bit by bit, things will start to get sorted out. This guide deals with some of the main problems, to help you find your way through the maze.
If this is your first encounter with the law you may be surprised by how scruffy and untidy it feels. It would be nice to think that you were going to slot into a streamlined system where there were clear answers to all your questions and worries.
If you are in a Civil Partnership this guide is for you too. Most of the law is the same, though some of the legal terms are different. Where there is a difference, we'll make it clear.
For most of us, finding our way round the law is like trying to travel with only a phrase book, or playing a new game with only the rule book. This guide aims to fill in some of those gaps and tell you the way it works, not just what the law says.
The word ‘partner’ in this guide means your husband, wife or civil partner.
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