Breaking up is never easy and it’s a sad fact that 42 per cent of marriages will end in divorce. While the legal process is fairly straightforward, the emotional and financial impact can be considerable. Even if your split is amicable, independent legal advice will help ensure it’s a fair one.
We recognise that this can be a painful and unsettling time and our solicitors will advise you on the best options for moving forwards. Wherever possible, we adopt a constructive and conciliatory approach to the problems arising from a relationship breakdown. For example, we will try to agree the contents of your divorce petition before it is filed (although we can also file emergency petitions if needed).
If you and your spouse agree to the divorce, you will not usually have to appear in court and you can work out arrangements for dividing up property and assets and looking after any children yourselves. However, our team of solicitors, which includes highly experienced mediators and collaborative lawyers, can smooth this process and help ensure discussions don’t break down.
As from April 2013, there is no longer any legal aid available for most family legal cases. We will ensure before we work with you that you are clear about costs and where and when these will be incurred. However, getting legal advice early on can avoid much more expensive problems occurring later on in the process.