Award-winning divorce solicitors
Our team of divorce solicitors are highly experienced and will work with you to make an informed decision as to whether a divorce or formal separation is appropriate for you and if so, when it would be in your interests to start the process.
We understand that divorce and separation can be stressful and upsetting and we will guide and support you through each stage.
In this short video, family solicitor and collaborative lawyer Rachel Nicholl sets out some of the options:
Our approach to the divorce process
- We aim to adopt a non-adversarial approach to resolving matters and encourage the use of Mediation and the Collaborative law model.
- We will provide clear advice and information specific to your circumstances.
- We always focus on achieving practical, and cost-effective solutions.
- We will signpost you to a network of third-party support to assist you through the process.
- We follow the Resolution Code of Practice and Family Law Protocol.
In the unhappy event of you considering a divorce or separation our team of divorce solicitors will address the following:
- How to minimise the emotional and financial cost;
- Alternatives to a divorce; there may be other suitable options;
- The options for resolving issues, for example through methods including mediation, the collaborative law model or arbitration;
- Financial issues arising from your separation and possible divorce;
- Issues involving your children, for example, where they live and the time they spend with each of you;
- Wills and claims against your respective estates.
Please remember divorce does not have to be a contentious process. Our team of divorce solicitors will look at how to manage this difficult and emotive process in a sensitive and amicable way. This may be a good time to give careful consideration to what options are available to resolve matters, for example mediation and/or collaborative law.
For further information, download our factsheet which outlines the procedure for divorce.
Our divorce and separation services:
The traditional court process that most people are familiar with, is just one option when it comes to divorce. Our team of specialist divorce lawyers include mediators, arbitrators and collaborative lawyers as well as family law solicitors, and can help you find a process that is right for your unique circumstances.
Anyone who has been in a civil partnership for a year or more can start the dissolution proceedings provided one of your permanent places of residence is in England and Wales or one of you has been resident here during the last year. It does not matter if the civil partnership was registered in another country. Like divorce, there is only one ground for dissolution and that is that the civil partnership has irretrievably broken down.
Informal separation usually means one person moving out of the property or family home. If this has happened, then the date of informal separation is straightforward and is an important key date when it comes to taking the next steps forward.
Sometimes known as ‘legal separation’, judicial separation is a formal separation where the court makes decisions about finances and assets, but the marriage itself is not legally ended. Judicial separation is fairly uncommon, however may be an option for those who do not wish to divorce for cultural or religious reasons.
Why Family Law Partners are the divorce solicitors for you
Family Law Partners is an award-winning team of family law specialists. Unlike other family lawyers, we proactively guide you towards a method of dispute resolution with the aim of saving you time and money. We are passionate that divorce doesn’t have to equal court, and our team of solicitors, mediators, collaborative lawyers and arbitrators can work with you to ensure the best outcome for you and your family.