Divorce Solicitors

The decision to separate is never easy. Our highly-skilled and compassionate divorce experts are here to help you navigate the process and provide clear, honest legal support through your separation.

We recognise the prospect of a divorce can be daunting for those in an unhappy marriage. Our divorce solicitors cannot advise you on the future of your relationship, but we are able to provide reliable and valuable legal advice for your separation, divorce or dissolution.

Our helpful divorce solicitors are all members of Resolution, which is an organisation of lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive settlement of family disputes.

This means that we will always make every effort to minimise any acrimony that could otherwise detract from your case and cause an avoidable delay in formalising your divorce and financial settlement.

Furthermore, we have a deep understanding of how concerned you may be about the impact of a divorce on your children, your wellbeing, your business, or your finances generally.

As such, we endeavour to ensure that all of our clients receive clear, tailored advice which enables you to consider all of your options and ultimately help plan for your future.

Our fees

We understand that divorce can not only be a lengthy and stressful process but costly as well, which is why we have an open approach to legal costs and aim to be as transparent as possible throughout.

For uncontested divorces, our clients are offered a fixed fee of £650 plus VAT, plus court fees (see FAQs opposite). You can usually recoup some or all of those costs from your spouse if you are the petitioner.

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Our services

In addition to dealing with all the legal matters involved with conducting a divorce, we also offer a range of legal services to suit the individual requirements of your case. This includes:

  • Divorce proceedings: We’ll support you through every step of the legal process, such as submitting (or responding) to a petition, the application for Decree Nisi, the application for Decree Absolute, and – if required – representation in court.
  • International proceedings: For individuals and couples living in another country or holding assets abroad, the divorce process can differ slightly. We can help you too, and you can find out more information about international divorce here.
  • Financial settlements: We’ll help you agree and settle on a financial arrangement to end the marriage. We’ll account for all the assets owned by your partner and yourself, from pensions, businesses, investments, properties, and more.
  • Asset tracing: If your partner is hiding assets, you may not receive a fair financial settlement. We can help you uncover all of the assets owned by your partner to ensure everything is disclosed properly.
  • Child arrangements: If there are children involved, we can help with sensitive issues such as where they live, maintenance payments, and parental rights (including grandparents).
  • Mediation: After you’ve agreed to separate, our mediation team can help you and your partner decide how to proceed. This can aid your post-separation relationship and future communications, with the practicalities of the divorce process often planned and agreed upon during the mediation sessions.
  • Arbitration: If there are contentious issues that you’re struggling to resolve as part of your divorce, you may want to consider bringing in an independent arbitrator. Arbitrators review the facts of the case, consider the issues, hear evidence, and then make a legally binding decision. It’s often quicker, easier and less expensive than going through the courts. We can act as arbitrators if required.

Furthermore, we will recommend other professionals when required. This may include actuaries in respect of pension valuations, specialist forensic accountants to uncover any hidden assets your partner may have tried to conceal, or experienced financial advisers to help you plan for the future.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get divorced?

If you’ve been married for over a year, and the relationship has broken down, you are entitled to apply for a divorce. Bear in mind your marriage needs to be legally recognised in the UK, and one of you needs to live in the UK, too. The ground for divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

You can rely on one of five facts for the breakdown of the marriage to have a divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Separation for over two years (with written consent)
  • Separation for at least five years (without consent)

Does my spouse have to agree to the divorce?

Divorce can be a tricky process. If your spouse isn’t cooperating, it could make the process longer than necessary. If that’s the case, you could file for divorce on the grounds of separation for over five years -without your partner’s consent.

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Additional divorce services

Civil Partnership Dissolution

Ending a civil partnership is different to ending a marriage.

Financial Settlements

It’s often in both parties interests to get reach an agreement on finances before ending up in court.

Spousal Maintenance

We can assist in making or defending any application for spousal maintenance during divorce proceedings.

Making Child Arrangements

Doing what’s in your child’s best interest should be a major consideration during a divorce.

Asset Tracing

Ensuring all of your partner’s assets are accounted for in a divorce is essential for a fair outcome.

Meet our divorce lawyers

We work with couples all across the UK and internationally, so contact us today to understand how our divorce solicitors can support you through the process from start to finish.

Talk to one of our team
members on 0161 969 3131

Advice

Our team regularly publishes a host of new articles and guides covering divorce and family law. Please find our most popular resources about divorce linked below, or head to the blog to see the latest posts.

Will an affair or adultery affect divorce settlement?

Learn more about the effect of an affair on the outcome of a divorce.

Can I claim my divorce costs?

In certain circumstances, you can claim back the legal costs of your divorce. Find out more here.

Brexit & Divorce

Wondering if and how leaving the EU has affected divorce proceedings in the UK? Read our guide to find out.