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Divorce and Relationship Breakdown

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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.

Our team is recognised as expert, not just by our clients but by other legal professionals: it’s just one of the reasons people come to us. When we meet, we’ll help you identify the way forward and you’ll be glad to know that all of our lawyers are members of Resolution and are extremely 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 and rarely involves the necessity to attend Court.

How long does it take?

Divorce usually takes between four and six months if not defended and proceedings can be issued after 1 year of marriage/forming of a civil partnership.

The home and finances

During a divorce or relationship breakdown, the family home is often central to the break-up given that it’s likely to be the single biggest asset. Whether married or not, our experts can help you reach the best possible settlement which could be a lump sum payment, transfer of the legal title or sale.

What if your partner won’t sell or agree on settling the finances?

If it comes to it, we can issue Court proceedings on your behalf for determination by the Court as to 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.  Even if you choose not to get divorced or obtain dissolution, some couples decide not to issue proceedings immediately (following separation) but may still wish to formalise any agreement in relation to children and property. If an agreement can be reached, 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.

People often worry that using a solicitor means uncertainty about cost. Not at Wilson Browne. Our Family Law solicitors promise to inform you before we begin and to keep you informed throughout. When you instruct us, you will always be kept informed of costs in a clear and easily understandable way. It is as simple and as important as that. 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.

Historically, divorce or separation could be a costly process: we aim to make the costs as predictable as possible.

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. No other Northamptonshire law firm has achieved an inclusion.