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Divorce and separation

Sensitive and pragmatic legal advice for clients going through a separation or divorce, including same-sex divorce and civil partnership dissolution.

We recognise that the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership is a huge event for any individual to come to terms with, with an impact that goes beyond domestic and financial arrangements.

Whether you're considering a divorce or separation and want to find out what's involved, or your  partner has started proceedings and you want to know what happens next, our expert solicitors can give the legal advice you need. We will provide advice and support to guide you through the divorce or dissolution process with as little distress as possible.

As members of Resolution, the family law association promoting a non-confrontational approach to family law issues, we encourage our clients to maintain a constructive dialogue in the interests of preserving a respectful ongoing relationship, which is  crucial in cases where children are involved. In our experience, this approach is more cost effective than litigation – although when necessary we'll advise you on pursuing a court-based settlement.

We offer a 30 minute consultation without charge on divorce and separation matters.

Owens v Owens: Supreme Court to decide on 'unreasonable behaviour' in divorce case

A woman who was refused permission to divorce her husband by both the High Court and Court of Appeal is to take her case to the Supreme Court.

Lottie Tyler Associate
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Divorce settlements: How do you split the bill, when you split up?

On 7 August Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova announced their separation. Since the announcement speculation has been rife as to the potential size…

Lottie Tyler Associate

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Brexit: how a change in career path - and location - may impact family life

Britain is now in the midst of negotiations to exit the EU. It is trite to say that the ramifications will be felt far and wide, not the least for…

Carole Atkinson Partner

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Civil partnerships v marriage – is divorce the same?

We have explored the differences between marriage and civil partnership. But how do you go about bringing such a relationship to an end?

Fiona Turner Partner

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Divorce rates at lowest level in 40 years - legal comment

Dip in divorces may be attributable to a decline in marriages taking place, says family lawyer at national law firm Weightmans LLP.

Matthew Taylor Solicitor

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Brief encounters: a move away from sharing in short marriages

In proceedings following divorce, it is often the case that matrimonial property is shared equally once the needs of each party and any children are…

Matthew Taylor Solicitor

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The Queen’s Speech: set to be another missed opportunity for family law?

Ahead of the Queen's Speech, Fiona Turner puts together a wishlist of family law reforms.

Fiona Turner Partner

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When is one party’s contribution to the marital assets 'special' enough to affect a divorce settlement?

A ruling from the Court of Appeal in the complex case of Work v Gray confirms that a ‘special contribution’ has to be very special indeed.

Carole Atkinson Partner