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Divorce Solicitors

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.

Divorce

On 6th April 2022, The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 came into force.

This change allows for a statement of irretrievable breakdown, joint applications and for one party to start the process without having to assign blame. There is also no ability for parties to contest the divorce.

The previous requirement for assigning blame created an unnecessary distraction for many people engaged in the divorce process. The family team at Macks Solicitors focuses on reaching a resolution for clients as quickly and constructively as possible.

This process applies equally to the dissolution of same-sex marriages and civil partnerships.

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 demystify 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.

What Our Clients Say

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Client Testimonials

Sarah was impressive

I can’t thank Sarah Bailes and her colleagues for their work dealing with my divorce and child access enough. Their knowledge and attention to detail was impressive and the way they explained things clearly made what I thought was going to be stressful situation very smooth and tolerable.. I can’t recommend enough and would like to thank Sarah personally for all her hard work and understanding, I’m glad I’ve got Macks on my side.

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Rob Burton
Darlington

I dont believe any other Solicitors could achieve what Mathew Lockey did

I had given up hope of ever getting a divorce as my ex wife had refused to divorce me and was living in another country but after 10 years of trying I contacted Macks and spoke with Matthew Lockey who said he would try and trace her and serve the divorce papers. After two attempts and the first lock down he managed to trace her to her address and serve the papers and not to forget Brexit which is an unbelievable miracle and one which myself and my family are truly grateful for. I honestly don’t believe any other solicitors could achieve this and now I can move on with my life and thanks again to Matthew and his team for such brilliant work and dedication, also I would like to say that his rates are very reasonable for the high standards of work that he does not that there is a price on happiness.

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Chris
Darlington

justice was served – thank you !

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Family Department for the excellent and robust defence you and your team put in place for my divorce. Thanks to your expertise and prowess, my case not only saw the light of day, but was won. Justice was served. Your dedication, your attention to detail and diligence made this all possible. You and your staff believed in me and my situation, and did not leave my side, but remained steadfast through it all, even when it did not look promising. It has been a journey of your legal team’s selfless service and to me an experience of life time. Thank you so much.

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Aicha Diarrassouba

Excellent service throughout

Karen Young assisted me with my Divorce and from day 1 it was very apparent that client care was her Number 1 priority. Excellent service throughout the last +4 years from Karen and her team.

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Mr Flood

I’m glad I’ve got Macks on my side

I can’t thank Sarah Bailes and her colleagues for their work dealing with my divorce and child access enough, their knowledge and attention to detail was impressive and they way they explained things clearly made what I thought was going to be stressful situation very smooth and tolerable, can’t recommend enough and would like to thank Sarah personally for all her hard work and understanding, I’m glad I’ve got macks on my side

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Mr Burton

I would definitely recommend

Excellent support provided during my divorce. Clear guidance along the way, highlighting any risks. My solicitor was very helpful, always provided a prompt response to email or telephone calls. I would definitely recommend to anyone who needs support in a divorce.

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Client

Such brilliant work and dedication

I had given up hope of ever getting a divorce as my ex-wife had refused to divorce me and was living in another country. But after 10 years of trying I contacted Macks and spoke with Matthew Lockey who said he would try and trace her and serve the divorce papers. After two attempts and the first lock down he managed to trace her to her address and serve the papers, and not to forget Brexit which is an unbelievable miracle and one which myself and my family are truly grateful for. I honestly don’t believe any other solicitors could achieve this and now I can move on with my life and thanks again to Matthew and his team for such brilliant work and dedication. Also I would like to say that his rates are very reasonable for the high standards of work that he does not that there is a price on happiness.

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Chris

Fast and easy divorce

Brilliant, I was able to get a fast and easy divorce even throughout lockdown. Thanks again.

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Lauren Holmes

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