Unless the parties have been separated for a substantial period the most commonly available basis for a divorce is adultery or unreasonable behaviour. A common misconception is that no fault divorce is available.
Without a separation of 2 years and unless both parties agree then this is not possible. Most divorces therefore tend to proceed on adultery or unreasonable behaviour as people generally wish to move on with their lives once it is common ground that the marriage has ended.
We try to deal with the formalities in such a way as to minimise distress and frequently by agreement between the parties before any documents are sent to the court.
Divorce and Children
We understand that family break-ups are a distressing time. Our Family Law specialists can help you with a full range of issues in a professional and compassionate manner.
Our Family Law Department habe specialist solicitors in Divorce and Ancillary Relief matters, and is a members of the Law Society's Children Panel.
By meeting the high standards set by the Legal Services Commission we have also been granted a Legal Aid Franchise.This allows us to conduct both private and Legal Aid work.
Our specialist areas include:
- Divorce, Judicial Separation and Annulment of Marriage
- Injunction Proceedings due to Violence or Intimidation
- Children Matters including Residence and Contact Disputes, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders, Child Abduction, Disputed Parentage and Parental Responsibility.
- Care Proceedings including Care Orders, Supervision Orders and Child Protection Case Conferences.
- Maintenance and Child Support
- Separation Agreements
- Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Unmarried Couples
- Same Sex Partnerships
- Financial Issues including Property Disputes and Pension Splitting
We try to avoid acrimony whilst resolving matters as quickly as possible.
Many couples try to reach amicable settlements and where appropriate, we will make a referral to a Mediation Service.