When you have concluded that your relationship is at end we understand the need for pragmatic and sensitive advice to allow you to move forward with your life with as little emotional and financial cost as possible, leaving the way clear to put in place the very best arrangements for your finances and children, without the need for a costly legal battle.
We also understand that some clients may not wish to start formal proceedings. Our team can assist you in putting in place a Separation Agreement, detailing financial arrangements and arrangements for any children.
In some cases, our clients might object to divorce proceedings on religious, ethical, or cultural grounds. We have extensive experience of dealing with such cases and can advise on Judicial Separation proceedings.
At present we do not have a ‘no fault’ divorce system under the law of England and Wales, but this will change on 5th April 2022. Until then the sole ground upon which a divorce may be granted is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To evidence the irretrievable breakdown of marriage to the satisfaction of the court the divorce petition must be based upon one of five facts which, apart from two of those facts, which involve either a period of two years’ separation with the other part’s consent, or five years separation, parties are currently obliged to provide examples of “fault” in their petition. This is far from ideal, generating bad feeling between the parties as it so often does, however that is the position at present. With this in mind and in compliance with Family Law Protocol our expert team will ensure that matters are handled as sensitively as possible in order to reduce tensions.