What Are the Grounds for Divorce in the UK?
- 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?
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?
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
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
Grounds 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
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