Divorce, Civil Partnerships & Financial Remedies

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The breakdown of your marriage or civil partnership is likely to be one of the most difficult times of your life. Whether you need assistance to formally end your relationship, including getting a divorce or dissolving your civil partnership, having an expert by your side to support and guide you toward a solution will be invaluable.

Divorce or dissolving civil partnerships process

Our lawyers are all experts in divorce and dissolving civil partnerships and can help you through the process by providing:

  • help in understanding the process involved in formally ending a relationship, getting a divorce or dissolving a civil partnership;
  • guidance on your financial position and your assets including property and land, business interests, corporate structures, pensions trusts or inheritance;
  • an assessment of your individual situation and help in identifying the appropriate outcome for you;
  • guidance on the applicable legal principles and settlement options;
  • advice on the treatment of your family home, pensions and other important assets;
  • advice on maintenance entitlement; and 
  • help with property, corporate issues, wills and tax by working with our colleagues across the firm in other departments.

How we’ve helped our clients

“I am so grateful to my Solicitor Danielle, who listened to my rather traumatic situation, and supported me throughout the divorce process. Danielle gave me expert advice from the outset, and continued to do so throughout. I am now settled in a new home with my Son ready to start the healing process and a new chapter in my life. I would definitely recommend your law firm if the need ever arose. ”

Clare Eves

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Divorce, Civil Partnerships & Financial Remedies Resources

19th June 2019

Legal Mythbusting – The Decree Absolute

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19th June 2019

Legal Mythbusting – The Decree Absolute

Whilst divorce proceedings frequently appear in the media, there remain some myths and misconceptions surrounding divorce proceedings, and in particular the effect of decree absolute. Danielle Taylor from our Family team explains the stages of getting divorced.

Show notes:
00:35 Dani talks through the four stages to a divorce proceeding: divorce petition, acknowledgement of service form, decree nisi, and decree absolute
00:17 Dani explains how long a divorce normally takes
01:41 Is Decree Absolute the end? Dani talks through what the decree absolute does not cover
02:03 What happens if couples come to an amicable agreement between themselves? Dani discusses how informal agreements do not prevent a financial remedy application being made and what you should do in this situation
03:27 What are the legal implications if one party re-marries?
03:50 What happens when divorce is based on 2 or 5 year separation?
04:15 The timing of decree absolute, how will this affect you financially? Dani discusses wills, death of a spouse and pension payments
06:41 Reasons you might delay Decree Absolute
06:55 How does Decree Absolute your matrimonial home right?

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19th June 2019

Man’s Best Friend: What happens to pets when you separate?

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19th June 2019

Man’s Best Friend: What happens to pets when you separate?

Upon divorce or separation, often the presence of the beloved family pet continues to provide one party with well needed support and consistency. Be it the family cat, the children’s gerbil, the exceptional tortoise or man’s best friend; there are a variety of pets to be considered upon separation. But where should the pet go on separation – who should they stay with, and what legal advice should you seek in this situation?

Show notes:
00:32 Dani examines how pets are viewed in the eyes of the law
01:00 What do you need to consider when separating in relation to pets?
01:06 What do the courts in England and Wales say?
01:35 Financial proceedings: Dani discusses at what happens when you can’t agree on what happens to a pet on separation
02:40 Dani explores what happens to pets which have a significant monetary value
03:27 Dani looks at the emotional ties we have to our pets and how they can affect divorce proceedings and legal costs
03:45 Dani concludes the podcast by summarising what advice you should seek from your lawyer when it comes to separation, divorce and pets

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