Maximise your initial appointment by writing a summary of your background or situation and make a list of your income and outgoings, assets and debts.
Talk to a friend
Confide in a family member or trusted friend about the emotions you are feeling. Your appointment can then be more focussed on the legal advice you need. Don’t be afraid to seek support from a counsellor or personal coach.
Even if your situation is not particularly complex, ask questions. There is no such thing as a silly question. We want you to understand your options.
Don’t dwell on your situation and don't play the blame game!
In Scotland, there are rarely any extra financial penalties for the person at fault in a relationship breakdown. Being realistic about the outcomes will help to resolve matters more quickly.
Give yourself time...
Take your time when making decisions. It is important to have all the information. It can be helpful to keep your responses measured especially if there are children involved. Take time to consider the alternative ways to resolve your dispute.