Separation and Divorce

Reaching the decision that a relationship has broken down beyond repair is an upsetting and unsettling time.  Our team are there to make that process as painless and manageable as possible, whilst protecting your interests and well-being.  We aim to help you resolve matters through negotiation and/or mediation without the need to resort to litigation.

Ultimately there is just one ground for divorce – the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.  In order to be able to obtain a divorce, you have to be married for one year and it has to be shown that there has been:

  • Adultery;
  • Unreasonable behaviour;
  • Desertion;
  • At least 2 years’ separation with both parties consenting to the divorce; or
  • At least 5 years’ separation if one party does not consent.

If divorce is not an immediate requirement or option, then a separation agreement may be an alternative. Our experienced team takes clients through all the options to establish which best suits them and ensures the whole process is as smooth and amicable as possible.

We also advise you on the division of the marital assets upon divorce, which can include maintenance, payment of a lump sum, the transfer of a property between parties, a pension share and the division of assets in sole or joint names.  Please see our financial arrangements page for further information.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Victoria Baker or Ailie Kelly

Tel: 01489 785737

Email: vbaker@driverbelcher.co.uk / akelly@driverbelcher.co.uk

 

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