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If you find yourself in a contentious divorce, you need a strategy and a team of people to help you. This is not something you can fight alone. To get you started, one of our divorce lawyers has pulled together their four tips on how to win a divorce battle.

Gather and record your assets

Do not assume that your ex-partner will be honest and up-front about their assets. Create an all-inclusive schedule of the assets of the marriage. If you think assets are being hidden speak to a forensic accountant (we have a team in-house) who is a specialist in identifying hidden assets and bringing them to light. If you are considering hiding assets – don’t do it. They are likely to be found and it could have an adverse effect on the final settlement.

Assemble your team

First off, get a good divorce lawyer; look for one with experience of handling contentious cases that have ended in court. Your lawyer will be the voice of reason and help you create the strategy you need to get the best outcome. You may need to involve a variety of experts including financial advisors, surveyors, forensic accountants, a good lawyer will be able to guide you on who you need to call upon and when. Ask your friends and family for support, although please do leave the legal advice to your lawyer. Counselling can also be invaluable to help you manage the negative emotions and anger about the proceedings – keeping you calmer and focused on the case.

Try to avoid moving out of the marital home

If you have children and expect to remain in the family home after the divorce try not to move out. It is important for the children to have stability and routine in what can be a very confusing and uncertain time. That said don’t live your life for the litigation. If it is unsafe or simply unbearable to remain there consider other options. Speak to your lawyer before making any decision. Moving out does not affect your financial claims but tactically you may have less negotiating power if your ex-partner is happy living in the house with the children now that you have moved out.

Be smart, not emotional

It is very important to approach a divorce with a rational and logical mind to make the best decisions for you and the family. This is where your divorce team comes in. A lawyer, financial advisors, a counsellor etc can help you to avoid emotionally charged decision making and instead focus on the battle in hand.

How can we help you?

At Stowe Family Law, we have a wealth of experience in dealing with these types of cases. If you find yourself in a contentious divorce you will need a lawyer who is robust and fights your corner. Our lawyers are highly experienced in complex divorce cases often involving court proceedings, so we will have the right person for your case.

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