Divorce & Civil Partnership dissolution
Whether to divorce, its timing and how it is conducted are very personal decisions. Each person’s wishes and feelings are different and what is wanted from a solicitor may vary from one client to the next.
If you are uncertain about whether or not to separate or divorce, it can help to take some legal advice early on so that you will have a better understanding of what would be involved, what you might need to consider at that early stage and what the possible outcomes might be.
Any immediate money worries that you might have about separating can be addressed by taking advice on the resources available to help you. This might be child maintenance if you are looking after children or seeking regular payments from your spouse to help you with your everyday expenses even before there is a final settlement.
If you have decided to seek a divorce, we can help you with as much or as little of the process as you would like. If you would like us to, we can handle all the paperwork for you, including the preparation of the application form, the application for decree nisi and statement in support and the request for decree absolute.
If you would prefer to deal with everything yourself and simply require some advice and guidance from time to time, we are happy to be on hand for you whenever you want some assistance.
It is natural to feel nervous about taking that first step towards formal separation or divorce but getting the help and advice you need does not have to be daunting.
One of the most fraught issues when a couple separates is the division of the finances. This covers a wide range of matters such as what will happen to the family home, how other assets will be divided, the parties’ pensions and the payment of maintenance. Many factors need to be considered when deciding on an appropriate settlement, first consideration being the welfare of any child of the family while under the age of eighteen.
Reaching an agreement
We can offer professional advice on your options for reaching a settlement, on the information to be provided and on the terms you should be seeking. We can help you seek the right settlement and ensure that you are fully aware of your choices and of the implications of any terms proposed, looking after your interests from the outset, right through to the final Court Order.
Going to Court
If it is not possible to agree the settlement terms and an application to the Court becomes necessary, we can help you throughout, dealing with the necessary Court documents and ensuring that you are represented at each Court appearance with the right expertise and experience to achieve the best outcome for you.
If you and your spouse separate but do not yet wish to divorce, preferring to base your divorce on two years’ separation with consent, and would like a formal written record of your agreement regarding the division of assets and other financial issues in the meantime, we can prepare a Separation Agreement for you. We will help you provide the necessary financial information to each other and thereafter to negotiate a settlement, advising you on what would and would not be an appropriate outcome for you. We can also give you guidance on mediation to help you and your spouse reach an agreement if you feel that this could be the right way forward for you, or we can deal with the negotiations on your behalf.