We understand that any divorce or family break-up can be confusing and distressing. We aim to make the process as straightforward, cost-effective and stress-free as possible, while ensuring your personal and financial interests are protected.
Our Family Law specialists can help you with a full range of legal issues related to divorce and separation in a professional and compassionate manner. Our Family Law Department includes a number of highly trained specialist solicitors in Divorce and Ancillary Relief matters. This includes members of the Law Society's Children Panel and Resolution – a network of family legal professionals committed to non-confrontational methods of dispute resolution.
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.
To discuss your legal requirements with one of our specialist divorce solicitors, please contact your local Graham Evans & Partners office or use the contact form on the right and we will get back to your promptly.
Our divorce law & marriage breakdown services
Our legal services for divorce 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
- Civil Partnerships
- Financial Issues, including Property Disputes and Pension Splitting
Family dispute resolution
During a divorce or separation, we try to avoid acrimony whilst resolving matters as quickly as possible. We can offer a number of options for resolving disputes surrounding your divorce and will advise you on which is most appropriate for your circumstances to ensure a fast, cost-effective resolution that matches your priorities.
Mediation involves both parties sitting down with a trained, neutral mediator who can guide you through discussing your issues and priorities.
The aim is for you to agree a mutually acceptable deal covering the details of your divorce, such as a financial settlement and arrangements for your children, if you have any.
Because mediation can allow you to avoid the need for court action and the associated legal fees, it is often the least expensive way to make arrangements for your divorce. It is also usually faster and involves less conflict, so can make it easier to maintain a positive relationship with your former spouse. This tends to be particularly beneficial if you will need to continue co-parenting children together.
Our team includes a number of highly trained mediators with the experience to help you negotiate a fair financial settlement, childcare arrangements and details of any other issues related to separating.
Collaborative law is another non-confrontational method of dispute resolution. It involves both parties sitting down, each supported by their own solicitor trained in collaborative law. A four-way negotiation then takes place to establish the details of your financial settlement, arrangements for children and any other issues that need to be agreed.
If you and your former partner cannot agree the details of your divorce, or a voluntary agreement is not appropriate (e.g. in cases where domestic abuse has occurred) we can apply to a family court for a judge to decide a financial settlement, childcare arrangements and other necessary details.
If you wish to start such proceedings, or your former partner has started them, we can advise, guide and represent you to ensure the best possible result for your interests.
If you and you partner have voluntarily agreed the details of your divorce, you can apply for a Consent Order to make the agreement legally binding. This gives you both certainty, ensuring neither party can simply change their minds in future.
What are the grounds for divorce in the UK?
There is no such thing as a “no fault” divorce in the UK, i.e. where both parties simply agree they no longer wish to be married. This means that if you want to get divorced, you need to demonstrate that your relationship has permanently broken down.
There are 5 legally accepted reasons for seeking a divorce in the UK:
Adultery – This is where your partner has had sex with someone else without your consent. However, this only applies if the sex was between people of opposite genders. Infidelity involving same sex partners instead falls under “unreasonable behaviour”. When using adultery as grounds for divorce, you must not have lived together for more than 6 months after finding out about the infidelity and need to petition for divorce within 6 months of finding out.
Unreasonable behaviour – This is the most commonly used grounds for divorce and covers a wide range of issues, including lack of emotional support, refusing to contribute financially and prioritising work over your family. It is usually necessary to cite several types of unreasonable behaviour for a strong divorce petition, except in extreme case, such as where domestic abuse has occurred.
Desertion – This is where your spouse has left you without your agreement, for no good reason and with the intention to end your relationship. For this to apply, you should not have lived together for more than 6 months out of the preceding 2.5 years.
Having lived apart for 2 years – If your spouse agrees to the divorce.
Having lived apart for 5 years – Whether your spouse agrees to the divorce or not.
Get in touch with our expert divorce solicitors in South Wales
Our highly experienced divorce solicitors operate from our 3 offices across South Wales in Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot. To get in touch, contact your local Graham Evans & Partners office, or use the contact form at the top of the page for a quick response.