UK Divorce Law & Advice

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The issues that lead to relationship breakdown can be wide-ranging, emotional and not easy to understand even in the most amicable of situations.

Our divorce team are able to assist you to simply explain the divorce process and to guide and support you through the preparation of the initial papers to obtaining the final decree (the divorce).

Separation – On the breakdown of a marital relationship, some couples may prefer not to proceed with a divorce either at that time or at all. We can advise on the terms of a separation agreement or, if appropriate obtaining a judicial separation to ensure you are properly protected.

Divorce - If you would prefer to obtain a divorce, there are many issues that need to be considered to ensure it is right for you and you are supported. Our specialist family team will advise you on the timing and grounds of your divorce and progress matters through to decree absolute on your behalf at this difficult time.  In most cases this can be done for a fixed fee.

Finances – On the breakdown of a marital relationship or civil partnership, the main difficulty can often be agreeing a fair division of the assets and, where appropriate, adequate and ongoing maintenance for one or other party and/or the children. Such matters can be made more difficult in marital breakdown by a claim by one spouse against the other's pension fund. In addition to providing advice so that you understand what you are entitled to, we can negotiate a settlement on your behalf or, if unavoidable, prepare your case for court.

Children – Children are always a paramount consideration upon the breakdown of a relationship. You may need help to assess the present and future needs of your children both in financial terms and in relation to residence or contact and parental responsibility. We can help with discussions which might be too emotive to discuss with each other.

Family injunctions – You may have experienced problems in the home or suffered violence or harassment. If so, we can confidentially discuss matters to help try to resolve those difficulties and, where required, invoke the protection of the court to secure your safety and, if necessary, that of your children.

Fees

A free initial interview of up to half an hour may be available to you to meet us and find out whether we are able to assist you. Our costs for a straightforward undefended divorce will generally be a fixed fee of £750 excluding VAT and the court fees of £550. In all other cases, including those involving financial and children matters, we will give you an indication of the level of costs likely to be involved and details of relevant charging rates.

Further information

Our solicitors are members of Resolution which aims to deal with family matters in a non-confrontational way. Contact Deborah Prance (Resolution trained mediator), Paul Linsdell (Law Society Family Law accredited),  Andrew Kingston (Resolution Accredited Specialist) or Amanda Dodge (Chartered Legal Executive) on 01252 316316 for further information, or to arrange a meeting.

Before We Meet

For some FAQ'S on marriage breakdown and assets please see here.