family law

Divorce and Separation

The breakdown of a relationship can be a stressful time.

Our family law specialists aim to help by giving clear guidance and sensible advice to promote a swift and amicable conclusion wherever possible.

If your marriage has irretrievably broken down, you may decide to pursue either a divorce or a separation.


Although most people have heard of divorce, the grounds for divorce and the divorce process are not so well-known.


If your marriage has broken down but you do not feel ready to proceed with a divorce, an alternative may be separation.

This can be done through agreement by the parties or formalised through the Courts, and which option is more appropriate will depend on your circumstances.

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As well as using the traditional method of negotiation between solicitors and potentially going to Court to reach a conclusion to divorce proceedings, we are able to offer an alternative.

Kathryn Ferris, Head of the Family Law Department has undertaken extensive training to qualify as one of the specialist Collaborative Lawyers.

Collaborative Law is a method of dispute resolution that encourages partners to communicate and resolve matters amicably without going to Court, by attending a series of meetings where both spouses and their solicitors are present.

Further reading:

Divorce and the Divorce Process (Family Law)

Separation (Family Law)

Collaborative Law and Fixed Fee Divorce (Family Law)

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