Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

Not all unhappy relationships end in divorce or dissolution.

There are some situations where all that is required is for the parties to communicate more effectively with each other and in that regard we can help you find the specialist counselling you need.

However, should that not be appropriate a person may petition for a divorce or a dissolution in a civil partnership from their spouse or partner after they have been married for a period of at least 1 year.

The Court must be satisfied on any petition for divorce or dissolution that the relationship has broken down irretrievably. You must refer to one of a list of facts when satisfying the Court that the relationship has irretrievably broken down:-

  • Adultery (not applicable in relation to Civil Partnership).
  • Unreasonable behaviour.
  • Desertion for 2 or more years.
  • Separation for 2 or more years (and both parties consent).
  • Separation for 5 years or more.

The purpose of our free initial interview with you is to allow us to advise you on whether we think you may petition for divorce or dissolution and further which fact is the most appropriate for your circumstances.

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The following are common questions we get asked about Family Law issues. If you cannot find the answer here, please ask us for an answer.

Although you do not need a solicitor to get a divorce or dissolution, you will benefit from clear legal advice at a stressful time in your life.

The advice of a professional divorce solicitor who has experienced many similar situations in the past in invaluable.

If your divorce ends up in court it can be very expensive – upwards of £3,000.

That is why as experienced Family Law solicitors we see that it is so much easier and simpler to agree all the terms amicably by discussion.

The standard cost of a divorce is usually between £500 and £1000, depending on whether you are the petitioner or the respondent.

That sum excludes anything to do with finance.

Although in principle a divorce or dissolution aims at a 50/50 split, is unusual for all assets and income to be split equally.

The division depends on many factors including childcare, cost of living, and the perceived financial input of each party.

The division doesn’t have to be dealt with in court, it is more likely to be a decision achieved through mediation.

A Family Lawyer acting in a Divorce – or a Divorce Solicitor – deals with all aspects of the divorce proceedings, financial arrangements and childcare issues arising out of a  separation.

Family Law solicitor helps with all other aspects of Divorce:

  • sorting out finances after a separation;
  • making arrangements for children after a separation;
  • protection from domestic abuse; and
  • prenuptial agreements (prenups).


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There’s a lot of jargon involved in the world of Family Law, so we have put together a glossary of the most common terms, with explanations.

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