Personal Law Services
Going through a divorce can be a painful process for all involved but working with experienced and knowledgeable legal professionals can help ensure a quick resolution for both sides.
When a marriage comes to an end it can be very emotionally challenging time, and the legal issues associated with a breakup can cause further problems. Marie and Lee are specialist Family Law solicitors and have extensive experience in this aspect the law. If you are worried about what will happen on the breakdown of your relationship and what your future may hold then speak to us.
We are members of Resolution. During or after a legal separation, there may still be a need for the court to settle disputes over money or property. The court can make a financial provision order (formerly known as ancillary relief). We are experts in high value financial provision proceedings and complex children disputes.
At the first meeting and throughout we will:
- explain the divorce process and help you understand what you need to do at each stage
- take instructions to prepare the divorce papers
- keep you updated and represent your best interests
- help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner wherever practical, without having to go to court
- present your case if a court hearing is required for costs or you are seeking financial orders
- help you to understand what the judge can and cannot do, and explain what the judge's decision means for you
Divorce / dissolution is the legal process to end an unhappy marriage / civil partnership. It is always dealt with separately to other issues, which could include child custody, financial settlements and the splitting of property and assets. In order for a divorce / civil partnership to be granted, there must be grounds. The grounds for divorce are set out below. However whilst those for civil partnership are the same they do not include adultery.
Unreasonable behaviour - the most commonly cited reason for a permanet, legal separation due to its wide interpretation. This umbrella term can refer to everything from violence to criminal behaviour, poor financial management or emotional abuse. All that must be proved is that a couple can no longer live together as a result of this behaviour.
Adultery - you can cite adultery as grounds for the breakdown of a marraige, only if you can prove that your spouse had sexual intercourse with another person. For any other sort of indiscretion you will need to use the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.
Desertion - desertion can be cited if a spouse leaves for a period of at least two years, against the wishes of their partner. Desertion is very rarely used.
Separation - often consensual agreement that the marriage is over
Free first informal appointment generally available within 24 hours. Evening Appointments may be available each Wednesday.
Family Law News
Later Life Divorce
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Settlement To Protect Divorcees Over Pension Income
The first time orders could be made against a spouse’s pension in divorce it was not possible to carve out a percentage of the pension fund which would then stand alone in the receiving part… Read More
They Are Lies Jim, But Not As We Know It …
Much has been in the recent press of the cases heard together in the Supreme Court which concern misleading disclosure given by husbands in the hearing deciding how the family assets were sp… Read More
What Our Clients Say
Having to go through the difficulties and complexities of a divorce, I am extremely pleased to have received the best possible legal advice and guidance from Marie. Marie has ensured that I have had my interests protected at all times, enabling me to relax, in the knowledge that all would be sorted.
I just wanted to say thank you for your advice. I left your office feeling a lot better than when I went it. Your help and advice has really helped me
Client Satisfaction Comment
Particular thanks to Marie Whittaker and excellent choice of Barrister. Guided and helped us through a difficult and stressful time.
A big thank you to Mrs Whittaker I found her to be professional yet understanding in what has been a very difficult time for myself.
You were great from start to finish. We were very fortunate to have Marie representing us. Many thanks to you all.
Marie helped me through a really rough time in a very professional manner.
Extremely pleased with the professionalism, the clear cut explanations and the manner in which my case was dealt with. Would have no hesitations in recommending Marie.
I was extremely happy with the way Marie handled my divorce. She made it a less painful experience than it may have otherwise been. I have recommended her to a colleague who I also think is very happy.
Marie kept me informed throughout a hard long winded case which was no fault of Clough & Willis. The case was concluded as quickly as possible with the least expense to me. Will use you again for sure.
Everything was very professional and quick. I would use Clough & Willis in the future, if needed.
My experience has been very positive, you are a great team! Always welcoming, always approachable and always efficient and professional. Marie supported me throughout a complex divorce and allowed me to do things in my own time and in my own way – this was important to me.
I was very happy about the service I received from Lee personally. He was very through in all areas and always kept me informed.
Thank you for doing your job so well! We are really grateful for your knowledge, expertise and professionalism which definitely helped to make an awful situation move along as smoothly as it could.
It is always good to know that I have a trusted advisor when I need help in the future, especially someone like Lee with his sympathetic manner and understanding nature. Not forgetting his sense of humour.
Thank you very much Lee for your support, help and advice in such a traumatic period of time. You were so professional. Thanks to you and your team I can forget about the last ten years. The house has finally been sold and I can get on with my life. I can’t wait to see what happens next.