Divorce is often considered to be one of the most stressful life-changing events that someone can experience second only to suffering a bereavement. The process itself is usually relatively straightforward but there are many complicated associated issues and emotions. There is a Family Law Protocol in place which encourages parties to try to deal with the ending of their marriage in as amicable a manner as possible so that the stress caused to the parties and children, if any, is minimised as much as possible. We seek to work within this protocol at all times.
There is just one ground for divorce – the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. This has to be proved in one office different ways: adultery; behaviour; desertion; separation for two years with both parties consenting to the divorce or separation for five years if there is no consent.
We will discuss with you which of these options best fits your particular situation and then guide you through the divorce process. For more details about the divorce process, please download our “Divorce Leaflet.”

Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnership is a relationship between two people of the same sex recognised in law by The Civil Partnership Act 2004 which provides same sex couples with the same rights and responsibilities enjoyed and accepted by married couples.
A Civil Partnership is created when civil partners sign a civil partnership document in a ceremony before a Registrar and two witnesses. Should the Civil Partnership break down irretrievably, an application for Dissolution may only be made following the first anniversary of the registration of the civil partnership document. Factors considered in financial resolution following the breakdown of Civil Partnerships are almost identical to those considered in divorce.
If you would like to speak with one of our team, we offer initial advice appointments. For more information, please telephone 01380 733300 or 01225 896100. If you think you might qualify for Legal Aid we can help - please let us know when you telephone.