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Divorce Solicitors

Helping families survive when relationships breakdown

accredited family lawyers.

Confidential divorce advice from experienced UK divorce lawyers

For a free 30-minute initial chat with one of our divorce lawyers, call Woolley & Co on 0800 321 3832 or complete our online form.

Whilst the process of getting a UK divorce can be quite simple, agreeing a financial settlement, dividing property and matters involving children can be more difficult to resolve. It is important that you have access to all of the right information and advice so you understand the full legal implications of your divorce and can make informed choices.

As specialist divorce solicitors, our aim is to make the process of divorce as straight-forward as possible. We will provide sound legal advice on your situation and explain all the options open to you, including advice on issues around tax and inheritance. We have strong experience in taking a non confrontational approach to divorce, allowing us to minimise the likelihood of contentious court proceedings.

Our divorce lawyers nationwide are experts in matters including:

  • Completing and filing divorce applications
  • Responding to divorce proceedings
  • Division of finances
  • Arrangements for children

Having dealt with thousands of divorces, we know that every relationship is different and needs to be dealt with on an individual basis. That’s why we allocate an experienced divorce lawyer to handle your case from start to finish.

Our clients come from all over the UK and abroad. Our divorce lawyers offer true breadth and depth of knowledge, including around complex finances and other niche matters, with strong experience advising British ex-pats getting divorced through the English courts.

See examples of our divorce expertise here .

Take a look at our team to find a divorce solicitor near you.

Speak to an experienced divorce solicitor today

Take advantage of a free 30-minute telephone appointment to talk through your situation. We will explain your options and how we can help. You will find our divorce lawyers are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.

We offer a detailed case assessment for £500+VAT, including time to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer and receive advice on the options open to you – you can find out more about this here.

For a free 30-minute initial chat with one of our divorce lawyers, call Woolley & Co on 0800 321 3832 or complete our online form.

What clients can expect from Woolley & Co’s divorce solicitors

Expertise across all areas of divorce law

All of our lawyers are experts and your case will be handled by the same qualified lawyer from start-to-finish. We have secured top rankings in leading clients guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, providing independent assurance of our expertise.

Fair, transparent pricing

You will be given a realistic estimate of the cost of dealing with your divorce at the outset, with a clear breakdown of all fees involved. Any fixed price we agree will always be adhered to and no additional work will be carried out without your prior agreement.

No detail overlooked

When getting divorced, the details really matter. Our divorce lawyers have a laser focus on getting every little thing right, avoiding unnecessary delays and other frustrating problems.

To be kept informed at all times

You will never be left wondering what is happening or need to chase your lawyer for answers. Our team take pride in proactively keeping our clients up-to-date, with clear guidance on timelines and when to expect progress.

Empathy and understanding

Divorce can be very hard, both emotionally and in terms of handling all of the practical details. Our divorce solicitors always make an effort to put themselves in your shoes and ensure they understand your concerns and what you need, so we can deliver on your expectations.

How our divorce solicitors can help you

Dealing with divorce proceedings

The legal process of securing a divorce can seem daunting. Even small mistakes can hold up your divorce or end up costing you extra, so it is sensible to seek expert legal advice to make sure your divorce proceedings go ahead as smoothly as possible.

We will be happy to talk you through the requirements and make sure every little detail is handled correctly.

Our divorce solicitors are experts in matters including:

  • Completing and filing divorce application
  • Responding to divorce applications
  • Applications from overseas residents for divorce in the English court system
  • The implications of your divorce for issues including tax and inheritance

Splitting finances in divorce

The division of finances in divorce is critical to your future financial security, so it is important to make sure you get a settlement that fully reflects your needs and those of your loved ones. It is also understandable to want to protect the assets you have built up.

We are highly skilled in negotiating divorce financial settlements through private negotiation and arbitration, while also have a strong track record of success in making court applications for Financial Orders where a voluntary settlement cannot be reached.

Our divorce lawyers are experts in matters including:

  • Property (the family home, second homes, investment properties etc.)
  • Pensions
  • Savings and investments
  • Inheritances
  • Trusts
  • Business assets
  • International assets

Child arrangements

What happens to children during a divorce is usually the most emotive issue for parents and the one that it is absolutely essential to get right. Your children’s wellbeing and your relationship with them must be protected, so the right legal approach is critical.

Wherever possible, we will help you to make arrangements for children amicably as this is almost always in your children and your best interests. However, where this is not possible, we can assist with applying for a Child Arrangements Order, meaning a court will decide what happens.

Our divorce solicitors are experts in matters including:

  • Where children will live
  • Child contact arrangements
  • Preventing contact with children
  • Child relocation
  • Grandparents’ rights

Learn more about our expertise with child law.

Key facts about divorce

How long does a divorce take?

If the case is straightforward and you are both in agreement, a divorce will normally take between 7 and 10 months. The time taken is largely determined by how quickly the courts process the paperwork.

How much does divorce cost?

The cost of divorce will depend on your individual circumstances and will involve court fees (which are fixed) and legal fees (which will be determined according to your requirements).

Our divorce solicitors are able to offer fixed price divorce where appropriate, and we will always provide a detailed quote upfront, so you can see exactly what you will be paying for.

Grounds for divorce

The rules around divorce in England and Wales changes on 6 April 2022. This means you no longer need to explain why your marriage is over – instead, you will simply need to provide a statement that your marriage has “irretrievably broken down”.

To apply to get a divorce under the laws of England and Wales, you must have been married for more than one year. If you have been married for less than a year, you may be eligible to have your marriage annulled, depending on the circumstances.

Under the old divorce rules, there were five reasons used to demonstrate that the marriage had irretrievably broken down. These are known as ‘facts’ in law but generally referred to as the ‘grounds for divorce’. They were unreasonable behaviour, adultery, two year’s separation with consent of both parties, five year’s separation without consent and desertion. These ‘facts’ are no longer relevant, one of our divorce lawyers can explain the law and what you need to do to apply for a divorce under the new rules.

Can I get a no fault divorce in the UK ?

Yes, since 6 April 2022, no fault divorce has been available for individuals and couples getting divorced in England and Wales under the terms of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020.

This means you do not need to give a reason for the breakdown of your marriage in your divorce application, so there will be no need to assign blame for the divorce. It is also be possible for couples to file for divorce together in a joint application (although the option for one spouse to make a solo application remains).

Does it matter who starts the divorce?

There are a number of things to consider here:

Cost – the person who starts the divorce pays court fees. If you are in agreement about getting a divorce, you may choose to share all of the costs involved. Therefore, this would not be a factor.

Legal jurisdiction – If you or your partner might be able to apply for divorce in another country, it could be very important who applies as in some countries the law allows for more favourable settlements or treats the care of children from a marriage differently. This could mean you need to be the one to start the divorce so that you choose which country’s laws apply.

What if I don’t agree to the divorce?

Since 6 April 2022, and the implementation of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, the option to contest or ‘defend’ a divorce has been removed.

However, as the need to give a reason for the divorce is being removed at the same time, taking the element of blame out of divorce proceedings, there is less likely to be any need to contest the divorce.

Under the old law you could object to the grounds on which a divorce is being sought. This was known as contesting a divorce and is covered in our contested divorce explained blog post.

Will I have to appear in court to get a divorce?

You will not be required to appear in court to secure a divorce, under new law divorce is dealt with via an online application (or paper application in certain circumstances).

A court appearance will only normally be necessary if you cannot agree a financial settlement and the case goes to a hearing or if you cannot agree the arrangements for looking after your children.

Our divorce lawyers are experts in negotiation, collaboration, arbitration and other amicable approaches to divorce, so can give you the best chance of agreeing a financial settlement and arrangements for children privately, without the need for court proceedings.

Examples of our divorce advice services

Our divorce lawyers assist clients facing a wide range of situations, with examples of our work including:

  • Financial negotiations requiring expert advice on a significant property portfolio and pensions
  • Contested financial proceedings involving leasehold property, family business and company assets
  • Court application for child arrangements and financial proceedings representing a client dealing with a hostile former partner and serious parenting issues
  • Court proceedings to enforce a Financial Order in relation to £1million+ assets and a significant property portfolio
  • Supporting a UK ex-pat living in Belgium with child arrangements and financial settlement in a complex cross-border divorce with a Belgian national
  • Acting for an English client living in the US and working in India with assets in the Far East, responding to divorce proceedings started in India
  • Contested proceedings involving foreign pension assets

Our divorce lawyers nationwide are here for you

We know what a challenging time going through a divorce can be. Our team are here to guide you and make this process as simple and stress-free as possible while making sure you get the best outcome for yourself and your loved ones.

To take advantage of your free 30-minute consultation with our expert divorce lawyers, call 0800 321 3832, or complete our quick online form.

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