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When relationships break down and divorce seems the only option, it’s easy to see how disagreements arise…
…our Family Law solicitors are here to help.
Recognised as experts by clients and legal professionals, all of our lawyers are members of Resolution and are highly experienced: each has different strengths and specialisms.
The definition of Divorce
For a married couple (including same-sex couples, or those in a civil partnership) divorce or dissolution is the legal process of ending a marriage/civil partnership through a Court procedure; it rarely involves the necessity to attend Court.
How long does it take?
Typically 5 to 7 months, if not defended, and proceedings can be issued after 1 year of marriage/forming of a civil partnership.
The home and finances
The family home is often central to the break-up given that it’s likely to be the single biggest asset. We’ll help you reach the best possible settlement which could be a lump sum payment, transfer of the legal title, or sale. (As part of the process you should be prepared to fully disclose your finances to your former spouse.)
What if your partner won’t sell or agree on settling the finances?
We can issue Court proceedings on your behalf for determination by the Court, regarding what your respective interests are and/or a sale of the property. This means that you can use the money to get on with your life.
Also, when people separate there will be considerations about:
- how savings and other capital assets will be divided,
- who is to be responsible for any debts,
- what (if any) on-going maintenance is payable,
- issues such as pension sharing and,
- the division of business assets.
What if you and your partner agree on a financial settlement?
If you choose not to get divorced or obtain a dissolution, some couples decide not to issue proceedings immediately (following separation) but may wish to formalise any agreement in relation to children and property.
This can be incorporated into a Deed of Separation to give both parties certainty in separation until such time as divorce/dissolution proceedings follow at a later stage. If you do reach an agreement and want to obtain a divorce immediately the settlement can be drafted into a Consent Order and lodged with the court once you obtain your Decree Nisi, if approved a judge, the settlement will become biding.
Divorce or separation can be costly: we aim to make the costs as manageable and predictable as possible.
When you instruct us, you will always be kept informed of costs in a clear and easily understandable way. You’ll be given an estimate of fees in advance and we will not begin any work until you are happy with our estimated costs.
When you contact the Family Law team, you’ll be drawing on the experience and expertise of one of the most established teams in the area which offers the convenience of meeting you at one of our offices across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester.
Our Family Law team has been recognised by the Legal 500, a Who’s Who of the legal profession.