Separation and divorce is often a highly stressful time for any family and picking the right adviser is crucial.

A good divorce solicitor will help you to unravel the legalities of your marriage, build a co-parenting relationship if children are involved and secure your financial future. 

A lack of advice and guidance at crucial stages of divorce can have serious consequences. 

How to pick the right solicitor for you:

Recommendations are important try talking to friends and family who have been through a similar experience and are able to recommend a particular solicitor.

Resolution is an association of family solicitors who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. All members follow a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. If you are amicable and wish for that to be maintained during the separation and divorce inform your solicitor and look for a Resolution solicitor.

A specialist in family law, look for accreditations with Resolution and the Law Society. Resolution-accredited solicitors have achieved special recognition for their expertise in their particular areas of law and are an indicator of the solicitor's capabilities.

The initial interview is your opportunity to consider whether you will be happy to instruct that solicitor to act for you. At the interview, a good quality solicitor will clearly explain your options. Regularly, it may be helpful to attend with a friend or family member as support, the solicitor will not object. It may help you to prepare a list of key dates or events, assets and list any queries you have.

A good solicitor will ask you about your expectations. You can be frank and honest with your solicitor and it gives them a better understanding of how best to approach matters. You will discuss with the solicitor the result you are seeking and how you wish to approach each decision in the divorce process. Establishing the best form of communication for you both is key.

A good solicitor will have a sympathetic ear and be someone you can trust to look after your interests but they will give objective advice.