Divorce / Separation
Some people come to see us when their marriage or relationship is in difficulty but before they have made any decisions about divorce. We work with our clients to consider how their assets and income might be divided in the event of a separation or divorce and, if relevant, what arrangements can be made for their children. We are sensitive to the very personal issues involved and have a network of suitably qualified professional counsellors, family therapists and mediators whom we can recommend where appropriate.
Other clients have made the difficult decision to separate or divorce before coming to see us. We understand the level of stress and emotional trauma that accompanies this decision and, no matter what stage you have reached, our experienced family lawyers will guide and support you through the legal and practical considerations.
Whether advising on a divorce, separation or the dissolution of a civil partnership, we will provide sympathetic, clear and objective advice. Our approach is flexible and entirely tailored to you and your priorities. From the first meeting our lawyers will spend time understanding your goals so that we can achieve the best outcome for you and your family. We will listen to you, discuss the options open to you and work alongside you at your own pace. We can advise you on the most appropriate method of negotiating with your spouse or civil partner in seeking to resolve both financial issues and how your children should spend their time, whether that be through mediation, collaborative practice, discussions between solicitors, round table meetings or, if all else fails, court proceedings.
Our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients throughout their divorce until a final settlement is reached. But we are equally comfortable providing advice ‘behind the scenes’, which can be cost effective whether you are seeking to resolve matters directly with your spouse or representing yourself in court.
Click to read what the Court takes into consideration when deciding which orders to make in financial disputes on divorce Financial Disputes on Divorce/Civil Partnership Dissolution.
If you do not feel ready to embark on the divorce process yet, you might want to consider regulating your arrangements in a Separation Agreement and we can discuss this with you.
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Mr C, Family Law. August 2017