Divorce Solicitors London: Advice and Assistance

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Ending a marriage or civil partnership is rarely easy and can be a particularly difficult process for those involved in the relationship breakdown, including the couple, any children and the wider family. Expert Family Law have a panel of family law solicitors with offices in London and beyond with the experience and expertise required to assist you throughout the divorce process, from applying for a divorce, right through to finalising the divorce settlements and dealing with any financial issues and child arrangements if required.

Our panel of divorce solicitors, London, aim to provide professional divorce advice in order to make the process as stress-free and straightforward as possible, allowing you to move forward with the next chapter of your life with confidence.

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What do divorce solicitors actually do?

Divorces bring up a lot of issues to consider, from financial settlements to the sharing of childcare.

It is possible to manage your divorce or dissolution yourself using an online service provided by the Court service. However, many parties to a divorce opt to use divorce solicitors to make the process easier and as stress free as possible. A divorce solicitor will:

  • Provide you with the right advice
  • Assist you with paperwork, forms and applications
  • Assist in avoiding court
  • Ensure your best interests are considered
  • Help you come to an amicable conclusion
  • Assist in finding undisclosed or hidden assets and information

Throughout the process of divorce, you will need someone experienced in this field of law to fight for your best interests. Having the right family law team on your side can make the divorce process as stress free as possible during this difficult time.

What is divorce law?

Divorce law refers to the legal rules and procedures that govern the termination of a marriage. It involves a range of family law matters such as property division, spousal support, child custody and support, the distribution of assets and debts, and post nuptial agreements.

The laws governing divorce generally require that one or both spouses file a petition for divorce in a court of law, and the court then makes a decision on the various issues involved in the case. Divorce law also governs the process of annulment, which is a legal procedure that ends a marriage by declaring it void or invalid rather than by ending it through a divorce.

What are my rights in a divorce?

In the UK, during a divorce, both parties have the right to:

  1. Fair division of matrimonial assets: This includes property, savings, and pensions.
  2. Child custody and support: The court considers the best interests of the child when deciding on custody and support arrangements.
  3. Spousal support: One spouse may be entitled to financial support from the other during and after the divorce.
  4. Representation: Both parties have the right to be represented by a solicitor during the divorce process.

It is important to note that the specifics of these rights may vary depending on individual circumstances, and it is recommended to seek legal advice for a better understanding of your rights in a divorce.

What is divorce mediation and how does it work?

Our panel of divorce solicitors, London, will aim to keep you out of court by using alternative dispute resolution methods, such as divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where a neutral third party (the mediator) helps separating or divorcing couples to reach an agreement on various aspects of their divorce, such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and others.

The mediator does not make decisions for the couple but facilitates communication, negotiations, and helps the couple find mutually acceptable solutions. The process of divorce mediation typically involves the following steps:

  1. Introduction and assessment: The mediator explains the mediation process, the role of each spouse, and assesses the couple’s willingness to participate and their needs.
  2. Information gathering: The mediator gathers information from each spouse about their assets, liabilities, income, expenses, and other relevant information.
  3. Identifying issues: The mediator helps the couple identify the issues that need to be addressed, such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and others.
  4. Brainstorming solutions: The mediator helps the couple brainstorm potential solutions and alternatives to the issues that they are facing.
  5. Negotiating an agreement: The mediator facilitates communication and negotiations between the spouses and helps them reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce.
  6. Drafting the agreement: The mediator drafts a written agreement that reflects the terms of the agreement reached between the spouses.

Divorce mediation is often quicker, less expensive, and less stressful than traditional divorce proceedings. It allows couples to reach an agreement that works for them rather than having a judge impose a decision.

How long does it take to divorce?

The time it takes to get a divorce can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the case, the jurisdiction, and whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. In general, an uncontested divorce can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, while a contested divorce can take several months to a year or more to resolve. However, the exact time frame can vary greatly, and it is best to consult with a divorce solicitor for a more accurate estimate in your specific divorce case.

Do assets I owned before marriage get shared after divorce?

In the UK, assets owned prior to marriage are generally considered separate property and not subject to division during a divorce. However, the value of those assets can be taken into account when determining a fair financial settlement. The specific details of property division in a divorce can vary depending on individual circumstances and the laws of the particular jurisdiction. It is recommended to seek legal advice to understand the specifics of your situation, especially when regarding high net worth individuals.

Our panel of divorce solicitors, London

Our panel of friendly and professional divorce lawyers in London have many years of experience and the expertise to deal with your case professionally and with empathy. They will guide you through the divorce process, helping you to make the difficult decisions in an understanding, non-judgmental manner.

Each team of family law solicitors in London we work with are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Our panel of divorce solicitors, London, will help you to navigate a range of issues and family disputes, such as financial matters and will assist you in reaching an agreement on such issues.

Whether you are going through a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, our panel of family law solicitors will provide pragmatic legal advice and assistance, guiding you through every step of the process.


Do I need to prove fault for a divorce?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was introduced and implemented in April 2022 and now removes the previous concept of “fault” within a divorce. No fault divorces now mean that the previous five grounds for divorce, such as adultery and unreasonable behaviour, no longer exist and couples can file for divorce with no fault needed. The new legislation also removes the possibility to contest a divorce and introduces the option for a joint application within relationships. These new changes also apply to the separation of civil partnerships. 

What is the process for obtaining a divorce?

The first step in initiating divorce proceedings is to issue your dissolution or divorce petition at Court alongside your original marriage certificate and Court fee. The person who initiates the proceedings is known as the petitioner.

This petition will be served by the Court upon your spouse, known as the respondent, who will be required to return an acknowledgement of service to the Court.

The petitioner should then apply for a decree nisi or conditional order, which is the first stage of the divorce. This will involve filling in an application and writing a standard statement to support the application.

The Family Court will review the application and will grant a certificate of a decree nisi if it is satisfied that the required criteria are met. A date for pronouncement will be set by the Court at this stage.

The decree nisi will be pronounced in open court, and a copy of the same will be sent to both parties. From this point onward, the court has the discretion to make financial orders if asked.

A decree absolute is a final order which can be applied for by the petitioner six weeks and one day after the decree nisi. If this is not done by the petitioner, the respondent can apply three months’ later.

When the decree absolute is made, it will be sent to both parties, and the civil partnership or marriage is legally recognised as being terminated.

Financial links between the parties will not be severed at this point. Financial issues should be addressed in a separate Court Order and may be done using alternative dispute resolution, the Courts, or via a consent Order.

Can I object to divorce proceedings?

As parties are no longer required to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce, the possibility of defending or contesting a divorce only exists in exceptional and rare circumstances.

Will I need to attend court?

Previously, parties may have been required to attend court if the respondent wished to defend the divorce proceedings. Following the introduction of no fault divorces and the removal of the ability to defend a divorce, parties are unlikely to be required to attend court unless there is an issue with legal costs.

How much do divorce solicitors cost?

When applying for a divorce, there will be a £593 fee in addition to your solicitor fees and any additional costs of the divorce.

We have a number of fixed fee divorce solicitors on our panel, and fees will be provided by your solicitor from the outset of your case.

Unless your case involves domestic abuse, child abduction, or if a party is at risk of homelessness, you will not be eligible for Legal Aid in England and Wales. However, Legal Aid may be available for mediation in some circumstances.

How can Expert Family Law's panel of divorce solicitors, London help?

If you and your significant other are thinking about ending your marriage, our divorce solicitors will provide you with compassionate support during this trying period. Our experts can assist you with all aspects of the divorce process, including filing for divorce, addressing divorce papers, reaching a financial agreement, handling child custody arrangements, and parental responsibility.

We ensure that the law firms on our panel have the skills and experience required to assist on your legal case. We can assure you that your case will be dealt with in a compassionate and understanding manner.

The solicitors on our panel are well versed in all areas of family law and can assist you through the process of divorce, including the application, as well as assisting you with child arrangement orders, financial settlements and ancillary relief following the termination of your marriage.

No matter the circumstances, our team of family lawyers strive to provide our clients with an outcome that is right for both them and their family. As such, the guidance and family law services they provide are specific to suit each individual’s personal circumstances.

Get in touch today using the form at the top of the page to find out if a London divorce solicitor from our panel could help on your case.


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