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Divorce and separation
If you are seeking a divorce following a period of marriage, or if your spouse has requested a divorce, we can advise you on the best course of action at this distressing time.
Divorce is possible only on the ground of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. That can be proved in one of five ways:
- A minimum of two years’ separation where both parties consent to the divorce
- A minimum of five years’ separation where one party does not consent
If divorce is not an immediate requirement or option, then a separation agreement may be an alternative. Our clear and objective advice will give you a sound assessment of your options.
We know that divorce can often be a period of high emotion and stress for our clients. Our specialist solicitors will help you to ensure that the whole process is as smooth and amicable as possible.
In the vast majority of our cases, we are able to deal with the process of obtaining a divorce by agreement. We are members of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational approaches to divorce, separation and other family issues.
In addition to divorce, our work includes:
- Separation and judicial separation
- Annulment of marriage
- Declaration as to validity of marriage
Examples of our work:
Advising a professional client, with a high profile and sensitive employment, in divorce proceedings where allegations had been made. Advising the client and negotiating with a view to removing inappropriate allegations from the petition.
Acted for a wife in relation to a petition for divorce based on her husband’s unreasonable behaviour, which he defended. The husband then cross petitioned his wife for divorce based on her adultery. At the first directions hearing, the proceedings were consolidated and it was agreed that a divorce would be granted on cross decrees, which thereby avoided the expense, stress and delay of ongoing litigation.
Acted for a husband in relation to his application for a divorce. The parties had previously obtained a divorce abroad, which was not recognised as valid under English law. Despite the wife’s refusal to co-operate within the proceedings, we obtained a divorce on behalf of the husband.
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