Relationship Breakdown

Divorce and Separation

We at Ashmans Solicitors know that the decision to end a relationship can often be a highly-charged and emotional one. Divorce and Separation is never easy.  Our Family Law Team will help you deal with your break-up sympathetically and efficiently. So at Ashmans Solicitors we guide couples through each stage of the divorce process. We offer practical, efficient, affordable advice and are always totally transparent with our legal costs.

We have no hidden fees. All enquiries are welcome. So feel free to drop us a line, give us a call, or pay us a visit. Ashmans Solicitors have offices in: Central London and East London, Dewsbury, Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds. Please see the Contact Us page for exact location details. Alternatively, you can email us at

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Divorce Proceedings: The First Legal Steps

During divorce and separation Ashmans Solicitors will ensure that this important process is handled with care and attention. Always with the highest level of client care throughout. Your Family Law solicitor will develop a clear understanding of your wishes and the approach you want to take. They will support a conciliatory process if that is first sought, move to protect your assets. Furthermore  if relevant, secure what you are entitled to. The courts will need proof that your marriage has broken down. You must be able to prove at least one of the following:

  1. That your husband or wife has committed adultery.
  2. Your husband or wife has behaved unreasonably and you cannot be expected to live with them.
  3. That your husband or wife has deserted you for at least 2 years.
  4. You and your husband or wife have lived separately for at least 2 years and agree in writing to the divorce.
  5. That you and your husband and wife has separated for five years.

If there are no complications,

the Divorce process generally takes four to six months to complete. You are required to have been married for at least a year before you can apply to the Court for a divorce.  Please note that if you are wishing to re-marry, you will first need to obtain a divorce. Our Family Law Team excels at steering our clients through the distress that a divorce can present. Your Ashmans divorce Solicitor will advise you on the most effective and efficient process for you.Above all taking your individual circumstances into account. We offer an intelligent, sensitive and pragmatic approach.  highly specialised service that is tailored to meet your and your family’s needs.

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Divorce and Financial Matters

When you are divorcing, a real concern for many couples is what the financial outcome of the split will be. These are an example of the questions that we at Ashmans Solicitors are regularly asked:

  • Will you be able to keep the house?
  • Would your children need to change schools?
  • Can you afford to pay the bills?
  • What about pensions?

It is important to remember that the divorce will not resolve any financial commitments you may have from the marriage. You will need to make a financial application to the Court to resolve these issues and sever any financial ties you have to your ex-husband or ex-wife. If you are both in agreement as to how the finances are to be divided, you can apply to the Court for a Financial Consent Order. We can assist you with this.  If you cannot reach an agreement, you may want to instruct Ashmans Solicitors to negotiate a financial agreement for you or make an application to court if this is appropriate.

Divorce and Separation The Children 

If children are involved, you’ll want to ensure that their wellbeing is protected, too. Our legal experts will answer all of the questions you may have, providing advice and support to make the process easier. Please note that the divorce process will not make arrangements for any children you and your ex-husband or ex-wife have together. If you cannot reach an agreement, you may want to consider making a Child Arrangements Order.

We would encourage you to come and see us certainly for the initial meeting. Because we want you to fully understand your options.  For most people a session with a mediator would best option in the first instance in contrast to making an application to the court. We do advise that you try to settle as much as possible between yourselves because once you go to court there is no turning back. Consequently once this stage has been reached it can become emotionally charged. Maybe you can work it out.

Marriage Mediation 

We would work with you alongside that process. Mediation isn’t right for everyone, in which case, a court application is then necessary. We will support you in preparing for the hearing and at court. In certain circumstances you may qualify for legal aid. Please see our page on Legal Aid. At Ashmans Solicitors, our team of dedicated, hard-working experts will give your case the attention it needs and deserves. Our Family Law Team are experts in every aspect of divorce. We can provide straightforward, cost-effective advice. Furthermore ensuring that your divorce proceedings are dealt with as quickly and amicably as possible.

Ashmans Solicitors Family Law Team. Advising those people who are seeking help with all Divorce and Financial matters.

Related : Forced Marriage Protection Orders 

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Why Choose Us for your Family Law case?

  • We work with legal aid clients and can assist with obtaining legal aid, if that is appropriate.
  • We offer you a free initial consultation.
  • We are always aware of the relevant laws and regulations relating to children, including patient confidentiality and medical treatment.
  • We have the sensitivity to understand the needs of a child when representing their interests.
  • We demonstrate the ability to represent our clients effectively.
  • We show commitment to representing the interests of clients, especially children.
  • Our experienced family law team will always put you and your child’s best interests first.
  • We have multi-lingual staff in all of our offices, who will give you immediate assistance.
  • You can be assured of competitive prices and a very high success rate.
  • We have an expert team of in-house family law specialists, each with many years of experience representing clients in family courts.
  • We are dedicated to providing the best possible legal advice and services to those going through difficult times.
  • Our understanding and experienced family solicitors can give you professional guidance and support on getting a divorce or a civil partnership dissolution. They’ll also advise on other options, such as legal separation.
  • If you’re being forced into a marriage against your will, we can help you to arrange a Forced Marriage Protection Order.
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Regina v L.F. Leeds Crown

The defendant in this case was a qualified Certified Accountant. She was originally arrested and interviewed for conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud totalling sums going into millions of pounds.

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Operation Janitor

Operation Janitor was a large-scale VAT fraud investigated and prosecuted by SOCA. The fraud involved nearly 20 companies and abuse of the zero-rated vat reclaims system for new build properties.

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R-v-T. A. Leeds Crown Court

In this case the defendant along with four others was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice arising out of an accident in which a person died following a road traffic collision.

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R-v-A. A. and others Hull Court

The prosecution allege that our client along with a number of other defendants has been involved in a conspiracy to transfer criminal property being valued in tens of thousands of pounds.

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R V NF Bradford Crown Court 2009

A number of defendant’s in this case were charged with conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud and money laundering in of an overall sum approaching £1m.

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"Operation Caring Today" Preston Crown Court

Ashman’s Solicitors successfully secures acquittal in a high profile fraud and money laundering case.

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R - V - MD & Others Old Bailey

The defendant along with a number of others was alleged to have murdered the deceased arising as a result of a revenge attack.

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R -v- AA & Others Huntingdon Crown Court

The Defendant, along with 4 others, was charged with entering into an arrangement to launder the proceeds of crime totalling in excess of £1 million.

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R -v- AN Bradford Crown Court

The Defendant, a Company Director, was charged with fraud by false representation amounting to over £660,000.

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R -v- CV Leeds Crown Court

The Defendant was charged with fraud by false representation in relation to his role with two companies plus a further charge of theft relating to an alleged loss to David Brown Ltd said to be over £113,000.

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R -v- SA Snaresbrook Crown Court

This was a highly publicised case involving the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Defendant was charged with fraud by false representation.

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R -v- TC & Others Operation Aquamarine Southwark Crown Court

The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to defraud Barclays Private Client International Bank by obtaining mortgage loans to which the Crown allege they were not entitled to.

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Ashmans Solicitors were completely professional in their approach from start to finish. They kept me informed of my case throughout and I was overjoyed with the outcome and service.

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