Divorce/Separation - MLP Law

Experienced and expert divorce lawyers

The law can touch family life in various ways from providing tools to prepare for the future or setting the framework to deal with the legal consequence of a breakdown of relationship.

We are aware of the different methods to achieve satisfactory results such as solicitor negotiations, mediation and round table meetings as we appreciate avoiding court is important to some of our clients but we are not hesitant to litigate should this be a necessity.

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  • Expert advice on a variety of family law matters
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Areas of divorce we can help with

  • Divorce/Separation
  • Finances on Divorce
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Pre Nuptial Agreements
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Co habitation Issues
  • Childcare Arrangements
  • Special Guardianship
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Grandparent’s Rights
  • Financial Provision for Children – Schedule 1

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Frequently asked divorce questions

Can I get divorced?

Under English law there are certain circumstances under which you may be able to get divorced. These include:

  • Adultery (your spouse has slept with someone of the opposite sex in the past 6 months)
  • Unreasonable behaviour (e.g. alcoholism, verbal or physical abuse, lack of financial contribution)
  • Desertion (your spouse has left you for a period of at least 2 years)
  • Separation for 2 years (in uncontested divorce cases)
  • Separation for 5 years (even if your spouse objects to the divorce)

From autumn 2021, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill should also allow couples to legally separate without one party taking the blame, an option generally referred to as no-fault divorce.

How do you get divorced?

To get divorced you must obtain a decree absolute in court. There are several stages you must complete before this, including:

  • Apply for a divorce
  • Make financial and childcare arrangements
  • Get a decree nisi

Each stage can take a varying length of time depending on any negotiations with your ex-partner. You may also have to wait for an available court date, for any part of the process that requires a judge. MLP’s family law experts can help you to understand the process and where you are along the path to a finalised divorce or civil partnership dissolution.

How long does a divorce take?

An uncontested divorce must follow a specific legal process. After applying for a decree nisi you must wait at least six weeks and one day before you can get a decree absolute and finalise your divorce. There may be a waiting time before the courts can hear your case. In general, an uncontested divorce can take 4-6 months. A contested divorce will take longer as you must also negotiate an agreement on any areas of dispute.

Financial arrangements do not need to be finalised until after your divorce is granted. In cases where finances are the only source of dispute, if both parties will be able to avoid poverty after separation, you may choose to complete your divorce proceedings first so that the process is finished, before negotiating a separate financial agreement.

Do I need a solicitor?

If you and your ex-partner both agree to divorce and there is no dispute over the future arrangements (e.g. finances and childcare) you may be able to divorce without using a solicitor. However, it may be sensible to arrange at least one meeting with a family lawyer to check over your arrangements and highlight any potential legal issues with them.

You will usually have to consult a mediator before you can proceed with your divorce. Mediation is an alternative to using a solicitor to resolve disputes in a relatively informal setting. Even if you have used mediation, you can still choose to consult a solicitor and/or go to court.

How much does it cost to get divorced?

The cost of a divorce petition in the UK can depend on a number of factors. It can depend on the type of lawyer used, whether the divorce is contested and the complexity of the case.

At MLP, we know everybody’s situation is different. To find out what a divorce will cost you, please call one of our friendly experts for more information.

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Why choose the MLP Team?

Not only do we have our substantial experience, we like to think we talk your language.

  • Local, Friendly Team
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  • Resolution Accredited
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  • Competitive Fees
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