At Saracens Solicitors, we understand that the emotional aspects of divorce are difficult enough before you even consider the administrative tasks that need to be completed to enable you to get on with the rest of your life. Our London-based divorce solicitors have the experience, empathy and intelligence to assist you, no matter how complex your separation is.
Our compassionate and understanding family law team will use their professional skills and wide breadth of contacts to get the best and most peaceful resolution for you. If you are looking for a divorce solicitor in London who can deal with UK-based and international marriages, and understands the additional complexities involving high-net-worth divorce, Saracens Solicitors can advise and represent you.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in the UK?
There is only one ground for divorce in the UK, that of ‘irreconcilable differences’ due to:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Separation of two years (divorce can be sought with consent of theother party), or;
- Separation of five years (no consent needed)
The divorce process takes around four to six months to finalise if there are no major complications. If you are seeking a divorce, it is crucial you seek expert legal advice, especially if you are an international couple and there may be a dispute over the jurisdiction the divorce will be heardin.
Our multi-lingual family law team have a wealth of experience in assisting clients from the Middle East, Europe, Russia, China, and North America in ensuring their divorce is handled by English courts, if that is their objective.
What is a Financial Settlement for Divorce?
Negotiating divorce financial settlements is a key part of the work our divorce solicitors in London do. Whether you wish to protect your wealth or are fighting to receive a fair share of the matrimonial property and assets you and your spouse have accumulated, our family lawyers have the legal and commercial expertise to provide quality advice and representation.
In divorce proceedings, each party has a duty to provide full and frank financial disclosure. If you believe your spouse may be hiding property, assets, cryptocurrency, stocks or shares, we can swiftly engage forensic accountancy experts who can trace assets both in the UK and in overseas jurisdictions.In addition, we can apply for an urgent injunction (known as a freezing order) to ensure assets cannot be disposed of or hidden while legal matters are proceeding.
We understand the philosophy and motivations of the English family law courts, which are known for providing generous settlements to the financially weaker spouse in high-net-worth divorce cases. Our London-based divorce solicitors are highly-experienced in settling financial settlement disputes via round-table negotiations and/or mediation, meaning agreement is reached without having the risk and stress of court proceedings.
When it comes to the family home, often the major asset in a divorce proceeding, we can assist with working out a solution that ensures you receive a fair portion of the property. In addition, if you have children, we can discuss the options available for ensuring they can remain in the family home while they are completing their education, and hence minimise further disruption to their lives.
How Can We Work Out Arrangements for Children?
When you choose Saracens Solicitors as your divorce solicitor in London, we help you put your children’s needs first. We are part of an organisation called Resolution; a nation-wide group of lawyers who are committed resolving family law disputes in a non-confrontational way.
Our team understands how distressing disputes involving arrangements for children can be. You can be confident that we will help you reach an agreement regarding who your children will live with and when the non-custodial parent will see themin a kind andrespectful way, which puts the best interests of your children at the heart of the process.
If you are unable to work out arrangements for your children between yourselves, we can assist you by offering alternatives to court proceedings such as round-table negotiation and mediation. Studies have shown that these methods for resolving disputes related to children following a divorce lead to long-lasting agreements and help couples learn to communicate effectively going forward.
At Saracens Solicitors, we are highly experienced in helping international couples manage the arrangements for their children following a divorce. Cross-border arrangements can be highly contentious, due to the risk or perceived risk of child abduction. Our multi-lingual family law experts provide advice, support, and representation to parents negotiating international child arrangements, and have an excellent understanding of The Hague Convention and the Brussels IIA Regulation which governs child abduction between EU member states.
Taking the Time to Understand Your Divorce Situation
At Saracens Solicitors we understand every family is different. We have years of experience assisting clients reach amicable financial settlements and make arrangements for their children which are able toadapt to changing circumstances, as each party moves on with their lives.
We simplify the divorce process for you as much as possible and listen to your needs so that we can do our best to meet them. In our experience, the less conflict and stress during the divorce process, the easier it is for all parties to move on.
Finding the right divorce solicitor in London can help to alleviate any anxiety you have about the process. It is natural to be apprehensive or overwhelmed if you are ending a relationship and know that there is a lot to resolve. Because we have dealt with such a wide range of cases over the years, you can be confident that when you instruct us, it is likely we have dealt with a case similar to yours in the past. We use this skill to create a personalised process for you to follow. We can take on much of the administrative and negotiation work, ensure you sign and fill in all the required information, and keep you regularly informed on the progress of your matter.
How Can We Help You Through a Divorce?
At Saracens Solicitors, we understand that divorce is a difficult enough process before you even consider the administrative tasks that need to be completed to give you the framework to get on with the rest of your life.
We have a compassionate and understanding team who will use their professional skills to get the best and most peaceful resolution for you. If you are looking for a divorce solicitor in London who can deal with UK-based marriages as well as those outside of the jurisdiction, Saracen Solicitors can help.
The divorce process takes around four to six months to finalise if there are no major complications.
Finances and Assets
Separating finances and assets on divorce can be one of the more difficult processes. Both parties need to think of their financial future and money can be an emotionally loaded subject.
We can keep the process on track and professional, acting in concert with your partner’s solicitors. You do not have to interact with the other party if you do not want to. We take instruction from you and proceed accordingly. Many people find this to be the easiest way forward.
When you choose Saracens Solicitors as your divorce solicitor in London, we help you put your children’s needs first. We are part of an organisation called Resolution which is a group of lawyers who are committed to non-confrontational solutions during separations.
We simplify the divorce process for you as much as possible and listen to your needs so that we can do our best to meet them. In our experience, the smoother the transition to separate lives, the easier it is to move on.
Why Work With Us?
Finding the right divorce solicitor in London can help to alleviate any anxiety you have about the process. It is natural to be apprehensive or overwhelmed if you are ending a relationship and know that there is a lot to resolve.
Saracens Solicitors have many years of experience dealing with a wide range of cases. We use this skill to create a personalised process for you to move through. We can take on much of the administrative and negotiation work, ensure you sign and fill in all the required information and keep you informed about the process.
Divorce follows a standard procedure and usually takes between 4-6 months to finalise. The process begins with the filing of a divorce petition and ends with the decree absolute which means that the divorce is official and each party is free to marry again if they wish. Consult our easy to understand chart detailing the process and contact our specialist family law team for comprehensive advice and assistance.
Grounds for Divorce
There are five grounds under which you can sue for divorce.
- Unreasonable or Intolerable behaviour;
- Desertion for at least 2 years;
- Separation for more than 2 years with an intention to divorce or
- Separation for more than 5 years. For a divorce solicitor London, contact our family law specialists to see which ground applies to your situation and we will advise you of the next steps to take accordingly