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Divorce Solicitors Across UKSadly, more than 110,000 marriages across Great Britain end in divorce each year. So, if you are going through a divorce or a separation, you certainly aren’t alone.

Our divorce solicitors are committed and dedicated to providing you with clear black and white separation advice tailored to your personal circumstances. UK law requires parties to be married for at least a year. This means that if you have been separated for a year then divorce proceedings can be issued.

Whether you are on the receiving end of a divorce petition or you wish to initiate proceedings yourself, it’s likely that you will be concerned about what the future holds for you and how the separation will impact your financial security and potentially your ability to support your children.

Solicitors Regulation Authority LogoHere at No.1 Solicitors, our divorce solicitors understand how challenging a separation in divorce or dissolution can be and it’s not an easy thing to experience.

Your family may be broken-up and when feelings are involved, a divorce can turn nasty, leaving you needing to look for a divorce solicitor that can help to assist with the legalities of a marriage breakdown.

That’s why our divorce solicitors strive each day to reduce the stress and time involved in divorce, whilst ensuring that your best interests are protected and the outcome reflects your requirements.

Our strong team of divorce solicitors have built an outstanding reputation for providing a high quality and personal service to our clients. Whether you are in need of spousal maintenance, child maintenance, matrimonial home to being able to get an honest picture of your former partner’s financial circumstances, you can rely on our expert divorce solicitors to ensure you properly looked after both in the short and long term.

With offices in Harrogate, York, Oldham and Manchester, our divorce solicitors can never be too far away if you live in England. We also cater for client’s who live abroad via regular skype meetings, where necessary to facilitate a swift and easy divorce process. If you are based internationally, why not request a skype call from one of our expert  divorce solicitors.

What are the legal reasons for divorce?

In the eyes of the law, a legal reason is required to explain why you’re wanting to be divorced from your spouse. You’re unable to get a legal separation if you cannot prove that you’ve experienced one of these issues.

The most common reason for a divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. However, if you’re using this reason as grounds for legal separation, you must prove one of the following five facts in your divorce case:

  • Continued separation without consent: If both spouses have been separated for at least five years, continuously.
  • Twoyear separation with consent: If both parties agree to the divorce, it is classed as “uncontested” and a divorce can be approved if the couple have been separated for more than two years.
  • Unreasonable behaviour: Such as domestic violence and/or verbal, emotional or physical abuse.
  • Adultery: If one spouse has been unfaithful throughout the duration of the marriage.
  • Desertion: If a spouse leaves their partner for a continuous period of more than two years.

Contested divorce claim

Contested divorces occur when the spouses cannot agree and will look for a Court to make the decision on how they should arrange the split. Factors such as matrimonial properties, spousal support and custody of any children shared may be included in the Court’s decision.

This decision will be made once both parties have explained their argument, as well as take into consideration what each spouse is entitled to.

Pre-marriage circumstances may be taken into consideration at this stage if you have not signed a pre-nuptial agreement.

Our divorce lawyers work with contested divorce cases in which one person within the marriage refuses to agree to a legal separation. Although these divorce claims are rare, contested divorces can be extremely complicated if you are not using a professional divorce lawyer.

What is a divorce petition?

In order to be granted a divorce in a UK Court, you must submit a divorce petition. This form contains basic information about spouses, as well as details of the children you share.

A divorce petition will have a section for you to explain the reason for your decision.

There’s also a section of the form called a “prayer”, which includes a request for the divorce to be granted, but may also feature a request for a specific order relating to your shared children.

Separation in divorce

At 1Solicitors, we understand that separation in a divorce not only has a bearing on parties but children, finances and housing. For this reason you can rely us to provide with you practically rounded advice that is specifically tailored to your circumstances.  Before making any decisions, it is important to see early advice so you can properly assess the options available to you which will not only provide short-term but long-term protection and financial security.

How are finances arranged in a divorce claim?

There are various ways of resolving financial matters during the divorce process, but ultimately it depends on whether you and your partner can reach an agreement through mediation or collaborative law.

Divorce Solicitors These options are known as ‘alternative dispute resolution’ and allow both parties to save costs associated with attending court while retaining autonomy on the decisions that will ultimately determine their future.
If it is not possible for you and your partner to reach an agreement outside of court, both your financial positions will be assessed and a financial settlement decided by a judge. The judge will weigh out the needs of both sides, carefully assessing:

  • The income and earning capacity of both parties
  • The age of both parties
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living enjoyed by the family before the breakdown of the marriage
  • The physical and mental capacity of both parties

If court proceedings become inevitable, rest assured that our divorce and separation solicitors will be at hand for practical advice, robust representation and legal support at each stage.

 

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