Divorce and Separation
We at Ashmans Solicitors know that the decision to end a relationship can often be a highly-charged and emotional one. Our Family Law Team will help you deal with your break-up sympathetically and efficiently.
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.
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Divorce Proceedings: The First Legal Steps
Ashmans Solicitors will ensure that this important process is handled with care and attention, 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, and, 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:
- That your husband or wife has committed adultery.
- That your husband or wife has behaved unreasonably and you cannot be expected to live with them.
- That your husband or wife has deserted you for at least 2 years.
- That you and your husband or wife have lived separately for at least 2 years and agree in writing to the divorce.
- 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, taking your individual circumstances into account.
We offer an intelligent, sensitive, pragmatic approach, and a highly specialised service that is tailored to meet your and your family’s needs.
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.
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 for an initial meeting, so that you fully understand your options. For most people, a session with a mediator will be best, before making an application to the court. 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 to ensure that your divorce proceedings are dealt with as quickly and amicably as possible.
Ashmans Solicitors Family Law Team advise those people who are seeking help with all Divorce and Financial matters.