The Guardian spoke to several divorce lawyers who had differing views on the process of divorce.
From experience, of course, not all cases of divorce are acrimonious, there are on occasion cases where the parties have agreed to divorce each other based on one of the current non-fault “facts” that are available in the UK. Namely two years separation by consent or five years separation, and through sensible discussions or with the assistance of a mediator they have made decisions in regards to how their financial assets should be divided and what the arrangements for the children should be.
In these types of cases, my job, particularly in respect of the financial settlement, is to review both parties’ financial disclosure and provide advice to my client in regards to whether the settlement that he or she has reached with their partner is fair, based on the individual circumstances of the case.
Of course, not all cases are like this. In reality the majority of cases will have some form of acrimony. The usual areas of dispute are disagreements over the financial spilt or issues concerning the children. Children issues also tend to be linked to finances as there is a direct correlation between the number of nights a party spends with the children and the child maintenance payments that they make to the other parent.