We understand that the breakdown of a marriage can take its toll emotionally as well as financially. We tailor our advice to suit your legal, financial and personal needs. Our pragmatic and commercial approach ensures that our clients’ requirements and objectives remain at the forefront of what we do.
We focus on helping you try to achieve an amicable resolution with your ex-partner, with minimum fuss and hostility. When conflict cannot be avoided, our team will support you in achieving a fair outcome. If you have children, we will advise how to limit the effect your divorce has on them.
Our experienced team of family lawyers regularly deal with complex financial arrangements and international assets. We will simplify the complexities and technicalities of your divorce and give you commercial advice that meets your individual and business needs.
Regardless of the stage your divorce is at, there are always different options available to you. We will discuss the approach you wish to take and provide a service tailored to your preferences.
Q: How do I file for divorce?
A: In order to file for divorce you must have been married for at least 12 months and you must have your original marriage certificate or obtain a certified copy from the Registrar. If your divorce involves substantial financial assets and/or potential disagreement about arrangements for children, you should seek legal advice at an early stage.
Q: What are the grounds for divorce?
A: There is only one ground for divorce in England and Wales and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This must be supported by one of five “facts” – either adultery; unreasonable behaviour; 2 years’ separation with consent; 5 years’ separation, or desertion.
Q: How long does it take to get divorced?
A: From filing your petition to obtaining your Decree Nisi is usually a period of around 12 to 16 weeks, although timescales are currently affected by COVID-19. Once you have your Decree Nisi you must wait for a period of at least 6 weeks and 1 day before you can apply for your Decree Absolute to formally end the marriage. However it may be advisable in some cases not to apply for the Decree Absolute until the division of finances has been resolved and a binding Order is in place.