Relationship breakdowns are one of the most stressful experiences in life so it is easy to become overwhelmed.

Whatever has led you to separate from your partner, our divorce lawyers in London and Hertfordshire can guide you through the stress and complexities of divorce, separation and dissolution law.  We can advise you on the most appropriate form of resolution for your situation including mediation, collaboration, direct negotiation and Court.

We are also experienced in assisting unmarried couples where a relationship has broken down and there is a disagreement about how the assets should be divided. 

Where there are children of the relationship, we encourage both parents to put the needs of the child first and can help you to put realistic and robust child care arrangements in place.

In all circumstances we will act with empathy and discretion, providing realistic and practical solutions to any issues that you are finding difficult to resolve.  

What is the procedure of divorce and dissolution?

In all cases, you must have been married or in a civil partnership for a year and meet certain criteria to petition the Court for divorce or dissolution. 

You must show that the marriage or civil partnership has broken down irretrievably. 

Prior to April 2022, you had to did this by proving certain facts:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Two years separation plus consent
  • Five years separation without consent
  • Adultery is grounds for divorce, but cannot be used as grounds for a dissolution.

This proof is no longer required, and parties can now rely on a system of no fault divorce. This removes the need to appoint blame for the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, and allows couples to make a joint divorce application.

How long will it take?

Despite what the papers say, it is difficult to get a “quickie divorce” or dissolution.  If both people are in agreement and there are no delays filing paperwork, the process could take from  4-6 months.  If there are disagreements about finances, the process will often take longer.

How much will it cost?

Every person and every separation is different so you can choose the level of assistance you need, from a one-off consultation to review your arrangements or full representation in more complicated matters.  

Therefore costs will vary, but please be assured that we have a transparent approach to fees and will provide you with cost estimates at each stage. 

Can I divorce in the UK if I don’t live there?

In many circumstances it is possible to divorce in the UK even if you do not currently live here, and we can advise according to your circumstances. We have represented clients in the Middle East, Far East, France, Australia and the USA. 

Read more about choosing the right jurisdiction for you divorce.

Where are you based?

Allard Bailey Family Law is based in Holborn, London. We also have an office in Hertfordshire. Our team of divorce and family solicitors can guide you through the divorce process with empathy, keeping you fully informed at every stage. You can meet our divorce lawyers in our offices in London or Hertford for a face-to-face consultation, or wherever is most convenient for you. We can be reached anytime via:

(+44) 020 7993 2936

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