Divorce Law Solicitors

It may be tempting to try to go for a quick online divorce in the hope that this will save you time and money. If, however if the answer to any of these questions is yes, it will almost certainly save you time, money and be better for your long-term security to consult an expert in family or divorce law.

  • Is your divorce likely to be acrimonious?
  • Are any children involved?
  • Is any property involved?
  • Is significant money involved?
  • Does one of you work and one not?
  • Are any pensions involved?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions before even thinking about starting divorce proceedings you should talk to a specialist divorce law solicitor. It is important you are fully aware of the procedures and your rights.

Our Finding Local Help section gives you information on local specialist divorce and family law solicitors who will be able to advise you on your specific case.

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative family law is a completely different approach to divorce and a process which could revolutionise the way in which divorces are settled. It is now supported by a formal association to encourage and promote its practise and only lawyers who have undergone specialist training can practise Collaborative Family Law.

Instead of the solicitors writing to one another or court actions being raised, the couple with their respective collaborative family lawyers have a series of round table meetings to try and find a way forward that suits the couple. It provides a degree of flexibility in relation to both outcomes and how to find those outcomes that the court simply can't offer.

It's not necessarily an easy process - anyone who has been through a relationship break-up will know that there is no pain-free way of resolving matters - but sometimes those who go through this process find it a more positive experience than those who go through the more traditional court-based system.

Collaborative family law can demand a lot of courage on the part of the couple. It's not easy to meet with your spouse and to talk about the issues that caused so much stress in the relationship. But the alternative is to hand over complete control of the outcome to a judge who knows nothing about you or your family.

So how is this different from a conventional divorce with experienced solicitors?

Where collaborative family law is different is that at the outset the couple and their collaborative lawyers commit in a binding contract to behave in an honourable fashion and to make a full disclosure to each other of their financial position. All then have to commit not to raise court proceedings. If the process fails, the couple can raise court proceedings but not with the collaborative lawyers.

What this does is to lift the threat of litigation, which means that the whole dynamic shifts from trying to gain a tactical advantage to trying to find a resolution. All of the issues that the couple have can be resolved through the collaborative approach; child issues, financial issues relating to income and the division of assets built up by a couple during their relationship.