Solicitors and the courts
Getting proper legal advice is always a good course of action if you are getting divorced.
You can ask a solicitor to negotiate with your partner for you, either directly or through your partner's solicitor. Your solicitor may still suggest that you try mediation to settle a particular issue between you.
To find a list of solicitors, click on the link below.
The High Court can deal with Defended or Undefended cases, the County Court can only deal with Undefended cases.
You will have to go to the court on the day of the Decree Nisi/Dissolution of Civil Partnership hearing to verify the information on your Petition.
Helpline volunteers are either parents themselves or have a lot of experience of working with families and understand how stressful it can be to raise children.
Parents Helpline offers support on all types of family problems. These range from coping with crying babies, through to dealing with behaviour problems, bullying, drugs, the effect of separation and divorce, a child's sexuality or abuse. Any family member can call Parents Helpline.
The helpline is open from Monday to Friday each week and the telephone number is 0808 8010 722.
The Law Society of NI operates a Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). It is not limited to court referred disputes but can be used at any stage of a dispute.