Separation and Divorce

Separation and Divorce

We understand that going through a divorce or separation can be a very difficult time for you and those around you. We aim to provide clear, professional advice and guidance to make the legal process as stress-free as possible. Our specialist team of family law and divorce solicitors will help you whatever the situation. Our goal is to provide you with the best client care, treating your legal matters with attention and efficiency.

Whilst the procedure to obtain a divorce is a relatively straightforward one, our divorce solicitors understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be hard on anyone, and this in turn can make the process seem more difficult. Our team will provide as much support as possible to make the situation easier.


What you need to know about the divorce process:

Court Proceedings are needed to obtain a divorce. However, so long as it is not contested, the actual divorce process could take as little as four to five months to be concluded without the need for any Hearing.

There is only one ground for a divorce. This is if you believe your marriage has irretrievably broken down. This needs to be shown in one of five ways:

1. Adultery

2. Unreasonable behaviour

3. Desertion for two years

4. Separation for two years where it is agreed at the end of the two years that a divorce should take place

5. After five years' separation whether or not the divorce is agreed


Same Sex Marriage

The rights and responsibilities arising from a same-sex marriage are the same as for an opposite sex marriage. This includes financial responsibilities on the marriage breaking down and there being a divorce. The only difference with a same-sex marriage is that adultery is not a reason that can be used to seek a divorce and the marriage being brought to an end.

Children

Having parents who are separating can be a traumatic experience for children. Although the Court will not automatically become involved in the arrangements for any children when there is a divorce, it is still vital that parents agree on those arrangements and how much time a child is to spend with each of them. Even though the parents are divorcing, they will continue to be parents and each will have a key role in the upbringing of their child.

If an agreement cannot be reached there could be a formal application to the Court as part of the divorce for a Judge to decide what is in the best interests of a child. This is always a last resort.


If you want to learn more or discuss your individual requirements in further detail, our dedicated Family Law solicitors in Norwich, North Walsham and Sheringham are ready to help. Contact us today on 01603 693500 or email us using the 'Make an enquiry' form. Appointments are available at all of our offices.

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Testimonials

"I'd like to thank you for your support and professional service rendered throughout my divorce process."

"Neale Grearson helped me with the financial aspect of my divorce. He took away the stress of understanding terms and was always very honest. A great support."

"It is a great relief to have the matter sorted. Neale and all the people involved from your firm have been brilliant."

"I was feeling truly lost, you pointed me in the right direction and now I have a chance to do something about it. Thanks again for all your help and the extra time you gave me, it is truly appreciated."

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Who is this service for?

  • For individuals and families seeking matrimonial legal advice.

Which branches?

Services are available at:

  • Norwich
  • North Walsham
  • Sheringham

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