Divorce Solicitors

Our divorce lawyers understands that getting a divorce can be an emotional and confusing experience. Our family lawyers have extensive experience in dealing sensitively with complex legal issues following a marriage breakdown. 

Our dedicated team of divorce solicitors are all experts in providing specialist legal advice tailored towards your individual family needs. We can also work closely with other departments internally including Property Lawyers, Corporate and Commercial Lawyers to ensure that your financial needs are protected comprehensively. We have extensive experience in acting on behalf of business and professional people, affluent individuals, farmers,  landowners and their spouses on divorce.

We can also help you to navigate a financial settlement and assist you with arrangements for your children.

Divorce Solicitors

Our Approach

We act with integrity. We do not fee build at the client's expense. We provide experienced and commercial advice to ensure the client achieves the right outcome. 

We understand the stress caused when relationships break down. We work hard building close relationships with the best forensic accountants, tax specialists, pension actuaries and independent financial advisers to assist the client to get the right information and help them rebuild their family's future. 

If you would like to talk to us, in confidence, about how we can help, please call us on 0161 941 4000, or contact us online.

The Divorce Process

What are the grounds for divorce?

In England & Wales, there is only one ground for divorce: that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

The person who starts proceedings, called the Petitioner, must prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down by proving one of the following five facts:

  • Adultery: Infidelity of a spouse – a married partner having intercourse with someone who is not their husband/wife.
  • Unreasonable Behaviour: the spouse has behaved in such an unreasonable manner that the other party finds it intolerable to live with him or her
  • Desertion: the spouse has abandoned the petitioner without consent and has done so for at least 2 years. This is not the same as an agreed separation.
  • 2 years separation with consent: Each party has agreed to separate, and this has been the case for at least 2 years prior to starting the divorce proceedings.
  • 5 years separation: Both parties have been separated for more than 5 years, with or without consent.

How do I get a divorce?

A divorce cannot be applied for until a couple has been married for at least one year. Divorce proceedings are started by filing a divorce petition at court.

Either party to the marriage or civil partnership can start divorce proceedings. The party applying for a divorce or dissolution is known as the petitioner. The other spouse is known as the respondent. Divorce and dissolution proceedings are dealt with by the Family Court.

How long do divorce proceedings take?

The divorce process itself is relatively simple to navigate. On average, an uncontested divorce can take between four to six months. However, it can take longer to resolve disputes surrounding children or finances.

Does my spouse have to agree to the divorce?

If the divorce is based upon 2 years of separation, consent is required from your spouse.

In all other cases, it is possible to divorce without your spouse's consent.

Do both parties pay for a divorce?

The petitioner is entitled to request the respondent to pay the costs of the divorce. In most cases, costs are agreed before the petition is issued.


Our Video Guide to Divorce

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Jane Tenquist

Jane Tenquist

Jane is a Partner and Head of the Family Law department

Nichola Bright

Nichola Bright

Nichola is a Senior Associate in our Family Law department

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah is a Senior Associate in our Family Law department

Rachel Forster

Rachel Forster

Rachel is a Trainee Solicitor within our Family department

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