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Divorce and Dissolution

When a marriage comes to an end, it is often a very difficult and emotional time. In order to separate formally, there are steps you will need to take to get divorced, and we are here to help guide you through the process.

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Our large Family Law team includes lawyers who’ve supported individuals involved in all types of separations and divorces, so it’s highly likely that one of our team will be the right divorce lawyer for you. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

No matter your circumstances, our experienced experts will help you move forward and start again. From straightforward cases, with no assets or children, to complicated matters involving high-value assets and businesses, we’ll ensure your case is handled with care, resulting in a fair outcome.

In April 2022, ‘no-fault divorce’ legislation was introduced in England and Wales. All that is required from the spouse who applies for the divorce – the “applicant” – is a statement confirming that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. It is possible to make a sole application; in that one spouse applies alone, or a joint application, where both spouses apply jointly. The court fee to apply for a divorce is £593.

It is no longer possible to proceed with a divorce relying on the old fault-based system which could include reference to the grounds for a divorce such as adultery or unreasonable behaviour. The new divorce process has reduced the animosity arising from the previous system and enabled couples to divorce more amicably.

The no-fault divorce process includes three stages:

  • Application
  • Conditional Order
  • Final Order.

Under this system a divorce will take a minimum of 26 weeks. You must also have been married for at least one year to apply.

Civil partnership dissolution is the formal separation process for those who are in a civil partnership, and the stages are the same as above.

No, this is a common misconception. Financial claims can remain live after divorce and it is therefore important that they are dealt with. Orders can often be made by consent without contested proceedings. You can read further information about finances on divorce here.

Any existing will you have is revoked on divorce, and the rules of intestacy will apply which could mean that upon your death your assets may not distributed as you had intended. However, a will can be made in contemplation of divorce to prevent this. We recommend that any will you have is updated upon separation, and our Private Client team can help with this.

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Hear what our clients say about us

When a marriage broke down irretrievably, our Family law team were quick to act for their client, guiding him through the process of divorce proceedings, allowing him to client to move on into a new chapter of his life. A financial settlement was reached, meaning the client could have peace of mind going forward.

Upon conclusion of proceedings, the client said: “I can’t believe the difference now without all of the stress and worry of the past two and a half years or so! Thank you so very much for all of your help, support, guidance, patience and understanding during this unfortunate time. You made a huge difference and I will always be grateful.”

“Support, guidance and patience” leads to testimonial in divorce case

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