When a relationship breaks down, it can often be a stressful and confusing time. You may be unsure which route would be best, divorce or separation. We can help you decide the best option for you.

In order to be eligible for divorce or separation, the marriage has to have broken down irretrievably and be beyond repair, as a result of one of the following:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion after two years or more
  • Separation of two years or more where both spouses consent
  • Separation of five years or more

We will go through all of these grounds with you and explain the implications of each.

Our Approach

Divorce is often viewed as an intimidating procedure involving endless paperwork and visits to court. We are committed to making the entire process as hassle-free as possible. We will provide you with pragmatic, commonsense advice that is affordable and suited to your individual situation. Wherever possible, attendances at court will be avoided – we try to ensure that petitions for divorce are issued by agreement and proceed undefended and essentially by post. Divorce remains a legal process but we realise that for many people this may be their only experience of court and our aim is to de-mystify and simplify the steps for you.

You may, of course, feel you don’t need a lawyer to handle every aspect of the divorce process for you, or you may simply be anxious about costs. We appreciate that clients seek varying levels of advice on different aspects of their case and we are always willing to work with you to provide the assistance you require. In some cases, we are involved only in the preparation of preliminary documents or will give telephone advice throughout while you deal with the court directly. In others, we deal with all the steps from preparing the initial documents to collecting your decree absolute from the court.

Our lawyers are highly experienced in all matters relating to divorce and separation and will advise you on all related issues, including arrangements and disputes in respect of children and also financial and property issues. Solicitors in our family law team are fully qualified in collaborative law. This means that wherever possible they will work to settle your case outside of court, saving you both money and stress. We also have outstanding residential property and Wills teams, so that if you do decide on divorce or separation we can provide you with a fully comprehensive legal service tailored to your specific needs.

If you would like more information on how we can help you with divorce and separation, please contact us today. Our solicitors in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar can provide you with clear, practical advice.