Relationship Breakdown for Married Couples
Our team of family lawyers at Bennett Oakley Solicitors understand that the personal effect which separation and divorce may have on you and your family can be distressing and even traumatic. How your lawyer handles the sensitive issues involved, may have a significant effect on all aspects of your lives such as making the right arrangements for any children and settling financial issues in a way which is fair and protects the financial and housing needs of you all both now and for the future.
Whether you want to know about divorce, the ending of a Civil Partnership or perhaps a Separation Agreement, our team are qualified and experienced and can provide clear and constructive advice on the legal issues involved and deal with your requirements in an efficient and effective manner.
The only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This may be established by showing that the other person has committed adultery, behaved unreasonably or where there has been a period of separation. You cannot apply for a divorce, or to end a Civil Partnership, until you have been married for at least one year and we can prepare all documents and guide you through the process.
The rules for the termination of a Civil Partnership are identical with the exception that there is no ground of adultery.
There are some alternatives to divorce, including Judicial Separation which follows a similar procedure although it does not dissolve the marriage or Civil Partnership. This may be appropriate where, for example, there are religious beliefs which do not recognise divorce although there is still a need for financial issues to be addressed.
Provided a divorce is not opposed, and there are no disputes over payment of the legal costs, the process will usually take about 4 months to conclude and does not require you to attend at court for hearing. We can guide you through the process and will keep matters as amicable as possible particularly where there are children involved.
If you need advice on separation or divorce, please email Michaela Sargeant or Anthony Vingoe, call our office on 01444 235 232 to speak with one of our family law team or complete the contact form on this site and we will be in touch shortly.