Divorce and Separation
Once you have reached a decision to proceed with Divorce and Separation, our team is here to help. We understand that this is a hard period emotionally and financially. Therefore, we have designed an approach to get you back on track and allow you to move forward with your life as soon as possible.
On 6th April 2022, The No-Fault Divorce Law will be introduced to England and Wales, with the current 5 grounds for divorce being replaced by a single mechanism.
How we can help
Our team has accumulated over 70 years of experience in commercial negotiation, finance, and law. Not only do we understand what divorce feels like, we know how to deal with it.
We have a unique skill set to drive negotiation forward and reach a financial settlement, and child arrangements without the need of often going to court – we know how to strike a deal.
With Big 4 accountancy skills, and high-quality legal skills, we can swiftly analyse your finances and any relevant business assets to understand what agreement can be reached between the two parties.
Our commercial competence is something we are very proud of and it allows us to provide you with the best advice possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the grounds for getting a divorce?
As of the 6th April 2022, under the new no-fault divorce law, you no longer need to provide a reason or blame either party for the breakdown of your marriage.
The previous grounds for divorce were:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- Living apart for more than 2 years (agreed upon)
- Living apart for more than 5 years (without agreement)
How long does it take to get a divorce?
Following the introduction of the new no-fault divorce law on the 6th April 2022, there is now a mandatory 20 week ‘cooling-off period’. Once this has been completed, a conditional order will then be issued which replaces the terminology decree nisi and you are then entitled to a divorce.
Most divorce proceedings take a minimum of 6 months, more complex settlements involving financial matters and children can take years. However, the new law should help with decreasing this time frame.
We are experts in expediting settlements quickly.
Will I have to go to court during divorce proceedings?
In most cases, divorce proceedings will not reach the court. Negotiation is the most effective way of settling a divorce, and child arrangements. Both parties can reach an agreement which will be approved by court – Called a Consent order, with no need for you to attend.
What happens to my children?
Almost always, parents will agree on decisions regarding children, without the need to go to court. However, if there is a significant disagreement, we will provide you will appropriate advice and negotiations on how to proceed. This will reach a settlement with your ex, or, when that is not possible, the court will ultimately reach a decision.
The court will keep the best interest of the children in mind and decided which parent the child should live with.
A benefit of the new no-fault divorce law, there is no longer the need to blame either spouse for the breakdown of the marriage which should significantly help to reduce the emotional trauma for children during the process.
What counts as separation for divorce?
This usually means that the couple has been living apart from each other. It can be initiated by either part or be a mutual decision.
However, under the new no-fault divorce law, from April 6th 2022, you will no longer have to prove separation in order to begin the divorced procedure you will just have to wait the initial ’20 weeks cooling off period’ and you will not need to prove you have been living apart for this time.