Divorce: Why Do You Need a Solicitor?

Divorce is a massive life adjustment for everyone involved. It means changes to your finances, your home, and the arrangements for your children.

Working through all of this can be difficult and stressful. That’s why having a trusted legal advisor is a must when you are facing separation and divorce.

When entering any legal proceedings, including divorce, it is important to understand the law and how it will affect you. This is where a good solicitor will be able to advise you on the best approach to be taken in your specific case. At Watermans our specialist family lawyers understand that most separating couples want to keep things as amicable as possible. Especially when there are kids involved. It might be tempting to think that sorting things out yourself will make this easier. However, in our experience, the DIY Divorce option can often make it more, rather than less, difficult to resolve things. It is vital to seek legal guidance early on, from a solicitor who can tailor advice for your specific case , and it will more than likely end up saving you money further down the line. Some reasons why we think this is important:

  • Your lawyer can guide you through the breakdown of assets, such as finances, property and businesses, so that each of you gets your fair share financially to enable you to move on with your lives.

  • A divorce lawyer can also be invaluable support in working out a co-parenting situation that works for everyone, including the kids themselves. And if you can’t resolve it, we can advise you on how to ask the courts to help.

  • Most of our clients don’t need to go to court, but if you do, you need an experienced family law solicitor to guide you through the proceedings so that the outcome is cost effective and meets your family’s needs.


Understandably, divorces can be high pressure situations and feelings often run high. Involving a solicitor can help to take the heat out of discussions and ensure that your divorce is fair, amicable and doesn’t take for ever to sort out. Having a lawyer also means there’s someone on your side to fight your corner if communication breaks down altogether between you and your ex-partner. We can be your spokesperson, there to put your side forward calmly but firmly, and ensure you get the best possible outcome.


If you are separating from your partner (whether you’re married or not) and need some legal guidance, contact our family law team using the form below, or on 0131 555 7055. Our Family Law specialists will guide you through the process from start to finish to sort out the issues and help you to move forward with your life.

We offer straightforward legal advice, without the jargon, so that you are clear on where you stand through every step in the divorce process. Don’t be worried about saying the wrong thing, or if you are emotional. Divorce can be one of the most testing times in a person’s life, and we understand that.

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Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and making that process straightforward. Start the process by sending us your details below or calling us on 0131 555 7055

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Our Family Law expert

“People often say to me that family law must be a depressing job – but I’ve never felt that. What we do makes a difference. I love working with my clients to understand their stories, help them work out where they want to get to, and collaborate with them to achieve their goals. Seeing people come through it and embark on a new stage of their lives is a great feeling.”

Dianne Millen, Head of Family Law