We know that dealing with the end of a marriage by a divorce or separation can be very upsetting. We’re here to help you navigate the process and support you to make decisions that are right for you.
Divorce – how we can help you
If you’re thinking about ending your marriage, it’s a good idea to get legal advice as early as possible so you know what your options are. Sorting finances, living arrangements, children and other things can feel overwhelming but we’re here to give you practical advice so that you can take it one step at a time.
When going through a divorce, the children always need to be remembered – we’ll help you to carry on with your responsibilities as a parent, whilst going through this process.
Reasons for divorce
Currently the only way to legally end a marriage is to prove that it has broken down by one of these five reasons:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years’ separation with consent
- 5 years’ separation without consent
We know that it’s not an easy thing to look at the options and work out which apply to your situation – but with our years’ of experience, we can sensitively talk these through with you and help to bring clarity to what you’re facing.
Separation – how we can help you
You’re considered legally separated when you and/or your spouse show by your actions that you no longer want to be seen as a couple.
Often, when couples separate, they may not be ready for a divorce. In that situation, there’s no need to make it official or to get any legal documents. However, when it comes to finances, we do recommend having a written agreement where everything can be recorded. To avoid any arguments, we can help you to put a Separation Agreement in place – a contract that’s legally binding if certain criteria are met.
We believe it’s important for you to know our cost estimates for putting together Separation Agreements from the start. That’s why we’d encourage you to contact us if you’d like to know more.
Why not book in for a free first meeting?
Your first appointment with one of our specialist family lawyers will be free, and we’ll talk through:
- What the issues are
- Finding the best process for you
- Working out who in our team is best suited to supporting you
- Our likely costs including the Court fee – and the payment options for you (including fixed fee options)
- How long it’s likely to take