Our experienced solicitors will always endeavour to resolve any issues between you and your spouse without recourse to the courts and to ensure that you are fully supported throughout the process. We can also advise you on all of the financial implications of a divorce.

We know that a divorce is usually very stressful for everyone concerned and do our utmost to achieve the best resolution for you.

Filing for divorce

In order to file for divorce you must have been married for at least one year. You must also be able to demonstrate that the marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’ due to one of the following reasons:

1. Adultery

If your spouse has committed adultery and you no longer want to live with them.

2. Unreasonable behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour can include violence; abuse; substance abuse; or controlling or not contributing to the finances.

3. Desertion

If your spouse has left you for no good reason for extended periods of time – up to two years in the previous two and a half years – you have grounds for desertion.

4. Separation for 2 years

If you have been separated for two years and you both agree to the divorce

5. Separation for 5 years

If you have been separated for 5 years then this is grounds for divorce, even if your spouse doesn’t agree to it.

Implications of divorce

There are usually a lot of issues to consider when divorcing, such as making arrangements for any children, dividing the assets and property, and amending any wills that may have been written. You will want to ensure as well that you consider things such as continuing to pay household bills if you have decided to sell the house and divide the assets.

We strongly advise you to seek legal advice from a qualified divorce solicitor, rather than considering other alternatives such as a cheap online divorce, which can lead to numerous problems down the line.

Supporting you

We have over 30 years of experience in advising families experiencing relationship breakdown and understand the importance of listening to our clients and providing them with sensitive yet realistic advice.

Members of the department are accredited by the Law Society and follow the Resolution Code of Practice (which is nationally recognised by family lawyers) so you can be confident that you are receiving the highest quality of advice and assistance, from lawyers who will always aim to minimise the stress involved.

Contact us

Our solicitors will give you sympathetic, realistic advice on the best approach in your situation and how to manage the process in as straightforward and amicable way as possible.

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a confidential appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on 020 3012 1482 or email info@fmwlaw.co.uk.