Ending a Relationship
If you are looking for help with ending a relationship through either an annulment, dissolution or divorce our specialist solicitors can help you.
In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video conferencing if required.
Whether you are seeking a civil dissolution, filing for divorce or judicial separation the end of a relationship is usually an emotionally charged time and it is important that you seek expert legal advice from our divorce solicitors if there has been a separation or if one is expected.
Civil Partnership Dissolution
Ending a civil partnership requires a legal procedure to be followed to ensure that the dissolution is legal - this procedure is similar to filing for divorce. It is essential that you seek legal advice from a qualified and accredited solicitor if you are thinking of separation or pursuing a dissolution or if your civil partner has already pursued this.
If your marriage breaks down you may be entitled to pursue a divorce or it may be that your spouse has already pursued proceedings.
To pursue a divorce you will need to have been married for at least one year and prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken by relying on one of the following five "facts":
1. Unreasonable behaviour by your spouse towards you
2. Two-year separation with the consent of your spouse
3. Adultery by your spouse, if this is admitted or can be proven
4. Desertion by your spouse
5. Five-year separation
Practically, obtaining a divorce is not difficult and they are rarely defended. So long as the petition is drafted correctly and you have provided sufficient evidence to meet the criteria for the fact you rely on, the process will be relatively straightforward.
However, despite this divorce law can be complex. Recent statistics from the divorce centres and courts found that 40% of divorce petitions were refused due to errors. This is an unnecessary delay in the divorce process Furthermore, incorrect petitions that require amending will incur further costs in addition to a delay. This can be avoided if you instruct a qualified solicitor to represent and advise you.
Our expert divorce solicitors will ensure that your divorce goes through smoothly and that all the steps involved in filing for divorce and ensuring that the whole process is followed and dealt with as efficiently as possible.
If your Islamic marriage breaks down or if you seek a divorce there is a certain legal route to pursue – which may need to be in the English courts or through religious routes. An Islamic divorce in England can be complex as certain religious marriages are not legally recognised under English law and it is essential that you obtain legal advice during the process.
If you have separated but are not ready to pursue or divorce, either for personal, practical or religious reasons, you are entitled to pursue a formal Judicial Separation which is approved by the court.
What We Can Do
Given the complexities and sensitive nature of dissolution and divorce, it is always essential to seek advice and representation from a qualified and accredited solicitor to ensure that you are fully aware of your rights and legal options.
We have extensive experience in dealing with all areas of dissolution and divorce law. We are members of Resolution and hold Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation which demonstrates our knowledge, skill and expertise in this area of law.
Our Past Cases
Below are some civil dissolution and divorce cases we have represented and conducted in the past:
Negotiated and amicably settled a divorce and favourable financial relief matter on behalf of a husband
Successfully pursued a financial relief application resulting in a substantive financial order and pension equalisation order favourable to wife
Obtained a freezing injunction on a husband's solely owned freehold commercial property to prevent a sale and thereafter pursued a contested application for financial relief for the wife
Pursued a successful jurisdiction race in the English courts and thereafter represented in heavily contested financial relief proceedings involving foreign assets concluding with a favourable outcome for transfer of joint property to husband and costs order against the wife
Amicably settled a civil dissolution and a clean break between two civil partners, with our client retaining the former family home for an equitable lump sum.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a divorce?
Can my spouse defend the divorce?
Does my spouse need to agree to the divorce?
How long will the divorce take?
An uncontested divorce usually takes between 6 to 9 months at a minimum, however it is always advisable to avoid obtaining the final divorce order until financial matters have been agreed and approved by the court which will likely lengthy the time to finalise the divorce.
Do I need to go to court to get a divorce?
Divorce is dealt with by the courts by considering the paperwork and applications. It is very rare that you will need to attend court as this is usually only if there are issues with agreeing who pays the costs of the divorce or if the divorce itself is defended by the respondent.