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How do you have a ‘good divorce’?

27 November 2020 |

Divorce generally gets a bad rap, it’s associated with negativity and a drawn out, expensive process. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By taking a collaborative approach to divorce, couples can work through the process together with solicitors to achieve a positive outcome for both parties. You can have a ‘good divorce’.

As part of Good Divorce Week (30th Nov – 4th Dec 2020) we are offering free 30 minute consultations with our expert family law team to help you find out where you stand legally and explain your options. Book now by calling 0117 906 9400 or email 


What makes a good divorce?

We talked to some of our expert divorce solicitors to find out what they think couples need to do to have a ‘good divorce’.

Jen Pollock, Senior Associate: “Try to keep lines of communication open and remain empathetic to your former spouse’s position. If you can put yourself in their shoes, rather than being quick to take offence, this can go a long way towards ensuring that both of your needs and concerns are prioritised within the divorce”.

Louise Kiely, Solicitor: “You should try to approach the process in an amicable way, being reasonable and realistic to reduce conflict and allow each of you to move on as respectfully and efficiently as possible.”

Jen Hargreaves, Solicitor: “Divorce is emotionally difficult , but it is possible to have a “Good Divorce”. In my experience a good divorce consists of  communication, co-operation, compromise and putting children first!”

How do you have a ‘good divorce’ during lockdown?

Hopefully as you’re reading this, the lockdown restrictions and regional tier systems have eased.  We understand that the challenges of navigating a divorce during a pandemic can be daunting. Here are our top tips for progressing a divorce as amicably as possible when tensions are running high and domestic situations are strained.

  • If you have started the legal process, keep in touch with your solicitor. Regular communication is essential in order for us to provide you with reassurance that your case is progressing, but also enables us to provide you with the support you need, when you need it.
  • Get your paperwork in order. There will be lots of forms to complete, bank statements and other information to collect. Spend this time getting organised and ready to send to your solicitor.
  • Don’t let your divorce become your main priority. Take some time out of thinking about the divorce 24/7. Try to avoid constant dialogue or messaging with your ex-partner and instead schedule time each week to discuss anything you need to regarding the separation.
  • If you are struggling, seek professional help. We can put you in touch with recommended divorce counsellors and coaches who can help you deal with the stress and emotions that come with relationship breakdown and divorce. The most important thing to remember is that there are people who can and want to help.

Specialist divorce solicitors

Don’t forget we are here for you, to advise, represent and support you through your case. To contact our team of specialist divorce lawyers in Bristol or London, please call 0117 906 9400 or email 

If you are ready to make a start at home, why not use our online system that provides you with a free, instant, personalised report specific to your own situation? By answering a few questions, you’ll find out where you stand legally and what your next steps should be. 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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