Divorce
Solicitor
London

•Divorce and separation
•Financial agreements
•Non married couples
•Pre-nuptial agreements

•Cohabitation agreements
•Children
•Pensions
•Domestic abuse

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Divorce Solicitor London

Starting a divorce You can get divorced in England or Wales if all of the following apply:
  • you’ve been married for over a year;
  • your relationship has permanently broken down;
  • your marriage is legally recognised in the UK (including same-sex marriage);
  • the UK is your permanent home, or the permanent home of your husband or wife;

If you do not want a divorce, you can get a legal separation so you can live apart without ending the marriage. You might also be able to annul the marriage. You can apply for separation or annulment during your first year of marriage.
Grounds for divorce: When you apply for a divorce your Divorce Solicitor London need to prove that your marriage has broken down and cannot be saved. Your Divorce Solicitor London will need to give one or more of the following 5 reasons (also known as ‘facts’).
1. Adultery Your husband or wife had sexual intercourse with someone else of the opposite sex (committed adultery). You cannot give adultery as a reason if you lived together as a couple for more than 6 months after you found out about it.

2. Unreasonable behaviour
Your husband or wife has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them. This could include:

  • physical violence
  • verbal abuse, such as insults or threats
  • drunkenness or drug-taking
  • refusing to pay towards shared living expenses
3. Desertion Your husband or wife has left you for at least 2 years before you apply for divorce. You can still claim desertion if you have lived together for up to a total of 6 months in this period, but that will not count towards the 2 years.
4. You’ve been separated for at least 2 years You can apply for a divorce if you’ve been separated for at least 2 years before applying for divorce and you both agree to it.
Your husband or wife must agree in writing.
It may be possible for you to show that you’ve been separated while living in the same home as your wife or husband as long as you’re not living together as a couple (for example you sleep and eat apart).
5. You’ve been separated for at least 5 years You can apply for a divorce if you’ve been separated for at least 5 years before applying, even if your husband or wife disagrees.
Making arrangements for your children Your Divorce Solicitor London can help to make arrangements for looking after your children if you separate from your partner. You and your ex-partner can usually avoid going to court hearings if you agree on:
  • where the children will live;
  • how much time they’ll spend with each parent;
  • how you’ll financially support your children;
Your Divorce Solicitor London can make your agreement legally binding. You can agree on child maintenance at the same time or separately.
Get help agreeing Your Divorce Solicitor London can help you make a Parenting Plan with your ex-partner. Alternatively, a Divorce Solicitors London can recommend a mediator who can help you and your ex-partner agree on child arrangements, without taking sides. Mediation is not relationship counselling. It can help you agree on the details of how you’ll look after your children, such as:
  • where they live;
  • when they spend time with each parent;
  • when and what other types of contact take place (phone calls, for example);
  • child maintenance payments;
The price of mediation will vary depending on where you live and how many sessions you go to. At the end of mediation you’ll get a document showing what you agreed. This agreement is not legally binding. You can make it legally binding by getting a Divorce Solicitor London to draft a consent order for a court to approve after mediation. The mediator can decide mediation is not right for you (for example, if there’s been domestic abuse and you need to go to court instead).
If you cannot agree on everything A Divorce Solicitor London can ask a court to decide anything you cannot agree after mediation or getting other help. You must show you’ve attended a meeting to see if mediation is right for you before applying to a court. You will not have to in certain cases, for example if there’s been domestic abuse or social services are involved.
Making your agreement legally binding You can get a Divorce Solicitor London to draft a ‘consent order’ if you want a legally binding agreement. A consent order is a legal document that confirms your agreement. It can include details about how you’ll look after your children, such as:
  • where they live;
  • when they spend time with each parent;
  • when and what other types of contact take place (phone calls, for example);
You and your ex-partner both have to sign the draft consent order. You’ll also need to get the consent order approved.

Types of court order

  • A ‘child arrangements order’ decides where you child lives, when your child spends time with each parent, when and what other types of contact take place (phone calls, for example).
  • A ‘specific issue order’ is used to look at a specific question about how the child is being brought up, for example what school they go to, if they should have a religious education.
  • A ‘prohibited steps order’ to stop the other parent from making a decision about the child’s upbringing.
Dividing your money and property You and your ex-partner can choose how to work out money and property issues if you divorce or end a civil partnership. You can usually avoid going to court hearings if you agree how to split your money and property. You can use a Divorce Solicitor London to make your agreement legally binding. You can agree on child maintenance at the same time or separately.
Get help agreeing You can use a mediator. A mediator can help you and your ex-partner agree on how to split money and property, without taking sides. Mediation is not relationship counselling. It can help you agree on how you’ll divide your assets, including:
  • Money;
  • Property;
  • Savings;
  • Investments;
At the end of mediation, you’ll get a document showing what you agreed. This agreement is not legally binding. If you want a legally binding agreement you need to ask a Divorce Solicitor London to draft a ‘consent order’ and get a court to approve it. The consent order can be based on what you agreed in mediation. The mediator can decide mediation is not right for you (for example, if there’s been domestic abuse and you need to go to court instead).
You must show you’ve attended a meeting to see if mediation is right for you before applying to a court. You will not have to in certain cases, for example if there’s been domestic abuse or social services are involved. You can get legal advice from a Divorce Solicitor London.
If you cannot agree on everything A Divorce Solicitor London can ask a court to decide anything you cannot agree. You can ask a court to make a ‘financial order’ if you cannot reach an agreement. This used to be called an ‘ancillary relief order’. This means the court will decide how assets will be split. They’ll base their decision on how long you’ve been married or in a civil partnership, as well as your:
  • Ages;
  • ability to earn;
  • property and money;
  • living expenses;
  • standard of living;
  • role in the marriage or civil partnership, for example if you were the breadwinner or primary carer;
The judge will decide on the fairest way to divide the assets if there are enough assets to meet everyone’s needs. The judge will make arrangements for any children first – especially their housing arrangements and child maintenance – if there is not enough. The judge will usually try to arrange a ‘clean break’, so everything is shared out, and you no longer have any financial ties to one another.
If you agree To make your agreement legally binding, a Divorce Solicitor London can help with the paperwork. You need to get a Divorce Solicitor London to draft a ‘consent order’ and ask a court to approve it – this makes it legally binding. A consent order is a legal document that confirms your agreement. It explains how you’re going to divide up assets like:
  • Money;
  • Property;
  • Savings;
  • Investments;
It can also include arrangements for maintenance payments, including child maintenance.
Check if your divorce will affect whether you can live in your current home A Divorce Solicitor London can register your ‘home rights’ with HM Land Registry which can help stop your partner from selling your home.A Divorce Solicitor London can advise you about this.
Get help if your husband or wife can’t make decisions for themselves You can apply for a divorce if your husband or wife ‘lacks mental capacity’ and cannot agree to a divorce or take part in the divorce case.
Your husband or wife will need someone to make decisions for them during the divorce. The person who acts on their behalf is called a ‘litigation friend’.It can be a family member, close friend or someone else who can represent them.
If there’s no one suitable and willing to be their litigation friend, you can apply to the court to appoint a litigation friend.
The Official Solicitor may agree to act as your husband or wife’s litigation friend when there’s no one else to do this (‘litigation friend of last resort’).
Ending a Civil Partnership in England and Wales You are required to have been in a Civil Partnership for at least a year before you can apply to the Court to end it, this is called dissolving a Civil Partnership. You are not free to enter into another Civil Partnership until this process is complete, i.e. you have received the Dissolution Order. The only ground for dissolving a Civil Partnership is irretrievable breakdown of the relationship. You must be able to prove at least one of the following:
  • Unreasonable Behaviour;
  • 2 Years Separation with Consent;
  • 5 Years Separation;
  • Desertion;

It is very important that you get legal advice on ending your Civil Partnership as early as possible to ensure that proceedings are issued on the most appropriate basis. Amending Court documents at a later stage can lead to delay and unnecessary costs.
How Long Does it Take to End a Civil Partnership? If there are no complications the Civil Partnership Dissolution process generally takes four to six months to complete.
Important: In order to protect your financial assets, we recommend that you resolve your money matters alongside dissolving your Civil Partnership, and, depending upon the particular facts of your case, we may recommend delaying the application to finalise the process until your money matters have been resolved.
Any Alternatives to Dissolving a Civil Partnership? If you want to separate from your Civil Partner but don’t want to dissolve the partnership, or it has been less than a year since you registered your Civil Partnership, your Divorce Solicitor London can apply to the Court for a Separation Order.
The family Court will grant you a Separation Order if you can prove at least one of the following:
  • Your partner has behaved unreasonably.
  • You and your partner have lived apart for two years, and you both agree to a Separation Order.
  • You and your partner have lied apart for at least five years.
  • Desertion.
If you get a Separation Order and want to dissolve your Civil Partnership at a later stage, you will be able to use the same evidence you used to get the Separation Order.
Separation Agreements We offer initial legal advice about separation and offer fixed fee prices for Separation Agreements. Call our Divorce Solicitor London on 02083476640 or contact us online and we will help you. We will write a separation agreement to best fit your particular circumstances. For example you may want a separation agreement to include:
  • How much each of you contributes to rent/mortgage or household bills until you can vacate, sell or transfer your home.
  • How to deal with any mutual debts.
  • How to deal with any proceeds from the sale of a property, after paying off any outstanding mortgage balance or sale costs. How to deal with any pensions, joint bank accounts or credit cards.
  • What will happen to items you’ve bought together, such as cars and furniture.
  • What will happen to the family pets.
  • Maintenance agreed to support one person and/or any children.
  • Who the children will live with and when they will see the other parent.
Annulment People commonly consider annulment to end their marriage if they do not want to wait until they have been married a year, as you do with divorce, or because they have religious or other personal reasons for wanting to avoid divorce.
However, you will only be eligible for an annulment under specific circumstances, so it is important to have expert legal advice when considering this option. Our specialist family law solicitors can advise you on whether an annulment is possible in your situation, then guide and support you through the process of getting an annulment in the UK, making it as fast and straightforward as possible.

Grounds for annulment
There are two grounds for annulling a marriage in the UK. You must either show that the marriage was not legally valid i.e. the marriage is ‘void’ or that the marriage is defective i.e. ‘voidable’.
Reasons your marriage may not have been legally valid include:

  • You and your spouse are closely related;
  • Either spouse was under 16 at the time of the marriage;
  • Either spouse was already married at the time of the marriage;


If your marriage is considered void due to one of these reasons, or for any other reason, it will be considered to have never existed under the law. However, you will likely need paperwork to prove that marriage was void if you wish to get married again in future.

Reasons your marriage may be considered defective include: 

  • If the marriage was not consummated i.e. you and your spouse have not had sex since the wedding (this option is not currently open to same-sex couples);
  • You did not properly consent to the marriage e.g. you were drunk or coerced;
  • Your spouse had a sexually transmitted disease when you got married;
  • Your spouse was pregnant with someone else’s child when you married;

To have a defective marriage annulled, you will need to apply to a divorce court for an annulment.

If your marriage is considered void due to one of these reasons, or for any other reason, it will be considered to have never existed under the law. However, you will likely need paperwork to prove that marriage was void if you wish to get married again in future.
Reasons your marriage may be considered defective include:
  • If the marriage was not consummated i.e. you and your spouse have not had sex since the wedding (this option is not currently open to same-sex couples);
  • You did not properly consent to the marriage e.g. you were drunk or coerced;
  • Your spouse had a sexually transmitted disease when you got married;
  • Your spouse was pregnant with someone else’s child when you married;
To have a defective marriage annulled, your Divorce Solicitor London will need to apply to a divorce court for an annulment.

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