Most people who come to see us for the first time are very nervous about doing so. It is a big thing to accept that your marriage has got to the stage where you feel you need legal advice about a separation.
We know how hard it is for you to come and talk to us. But remember you are not alone in how you are feeling. Everyone feels the same way.
When you make the call to arrange a meeting we will ask you just a little bit about your situation so that we can understand what is most important to you and we can concentrate on that for your first meeting. However, you don’t have to tell us much or anything at all if you are not feeling up to it.
We will arrange a meeting at a time to suit you. We can fit around work or child care commitments. You can have a meeting early or late in the day or we will fit it into your lunch hour.
If you don’t have a private email or don’t want telephone calls we will promise not to contact you. If you are happy for us to to email you, we will send you information about how to find the office, local parking maps and information about the meeting.
When you arrive we will meet you and help put you at ease. There will be chocolate – who doesn’t want chocolate at times of stress – as well as tea and coffee. We would have gin and tonic too but duty calls!
We will listen to you so we really understand your situation. We may ask you some questions and we will be able to talk to you about the way forward. You will have lots of questions for us too and you should feel quite comfortable about asking them. There is no such thing as a silly question. We have been through divorce thousands of times but this may well be your first time and it is a real step into the unknown for you.
You may find it helpful to bring in some notes about things you want to talk about or ask. We will have paper and pen for you to make notes during the meeting.
There will be no obligation to move forward until you are ready. Everything will progress at a pace which suits you.
If you are thinking of separation or divorce or your partner has raised it, come and talk to us at Harrogate Family Law. We specialise in family law – it is all we do. We listen, we care and we understand.
Call us on 01423 594680.
Andrew Meehan is an experienced family lawyer specialising in complex divorces involving significant or hidden assets, as well as cases involving children.
He is recommended for family law by both Chambers 2019 (York, Hull and surrounding regions) and the Legal 500 2018 (Leeds/West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire region).
Everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be replied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.