We understand that going through a divorce, separation or the dissolution of a civil partnership is a challenging and emotional time. The last thing you will want to face is the additional worry of a long, expensive or difficult legal battle. We will take that additional worry away and will work closely with you to attempt to negotiate a fair settlement for you.
To make the decisions which are right for you, you need to fully understand your options. Our team will give you the support and advice you need. We will explain your options to you and answer any questions you may have.
Many of our team are members of Resolution which is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to dealing with divorce, separation and other family problems in an amicable manner in accordance with a code of conduct.
You can come and meet with us in our Newbury, Thatcham or Maidenhead office to discuss your situation, allowing us to really understand your concerns and priorities in an initial fixed fee meeting. In this meeting we will explain the divorce process and your expected timeline. To arrange a meeting, or find out more about how we can support you through a divorce or separation, please contact one of our team here.
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at initial meetings are listed below. If you are going through a divorce or separation you can also click the button below for a useful guide.10 things to consider
In order to get divorced you need to demonstrate that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and establish one of the grounds for divorce.
This must be proven under one of the following facts:
At present the divorce process usually takes around 12 months if matters are quite straightforward and you have been able to reach an agreement in relation to your finances. If you are getting remarried and are hoping to get divorced swiftly, there may be other options available to you to speed this up, though costs will increase. Our team can advise you if this is an option for you.
You may also be able to get divorced before a financial agreement has been finalised as often this is the part of the process which takes the longest but this is not often advisable. It is best to get legal advice to understand if this is a good idea.
Each divorce settlement is different with many variables to consider. With extensive experience with divorce and separation matters involving simple and complex financial arrangements our team can give you an early indication on what you are likely to expect. We will work with you to identify what matrimonial assets there are to consider and how we can best achieve a fair settlement. Please visit our financial arrangements page for more information.
Where possible we use alternative routes to Court, favouring such options mediation and collaborative law as ways of finding the best solution for you. These processes could avoid the cost and stress of Court proceedings and instead favour an agreement.
If these alternative routes are not the most appropriate for you situation, our team can advise and support you through Court Proceedings, to ensure you get the outcome you need.
Yes divorce records like marriage records are public. The grant of the decree is recorded in the court where the divorce was granted and in the Central London Family Court. The details of the divorce petition are not publicly available.
A range of further information which can help you to understand the legal considerations involved in divorce and separation, is available in our Legal Resource Centre.
Please note that divorce affects gifts left to your ex-spouse in your Will, whereas separation does not, so in both case an update may be needed depending on your situation. Please visit our Inheritance Protection team pages for further information regarding updating your Will.