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Divorce Solicitors

If you are going through a divorce or separation, it can be a painful process for all involved. Working with experienced and knowledgeable divorce solicitors can help to ensure a quick resolution for both sides.

At Clough & Willis our expert team of divorce law solicitors are here to support you during this difficult time. We have considerable expertise in handling separation and divorce settlements, can help you negotiate financial and property settlements and navigate potential legal hurdles as smoothly as possible.

The end of a marriage will always be an emotionally challenging time but, when you get in touch with Clough & Willis we will be able to provide compassionate support through every stage of the process and put all of the parties involved in the best position to move forward in life.

To speak to one of our divorce solicitors, based in Bury and Bolton, call us on 0800 083 0815, or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time that’s convenient for you.

How we can help

At Clough & Willis our divorce solicitors are highly experienced in helping families navigate the legal issues associated with a breakup as amicably as possible, with a focus on securing the best outcome for all involved.

Throughout the divorce process we will:

  • Explain each step of the legal proceedings 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
  • Wherever possible help you reach a divorce agreement with your ex-partner without having to go to court.
  • Present your case if a court hearing is required to determine the terms of a financial agreement or property settlement or you are seeking a financial provision order
  • Help you to understand what the Judge can and cannot do in terms of your divorce settlement and explain what the Judge's decision means for you

Our divorce settlement team is led by long-serving family law experts Lee Marston and Marie Whittaker. Both are members of Resolution, an industry organisation committed to finding constructive solutions to family disputes Marie was the first solicitor in Bury to receive Accredited Specialist status with Resolution.

As such we are ideally placed to provide the support and guidance you need at this testing time and we have particular expertise in dealing with high-value financial provision proceedings and complex child disputes.

By getting in touch with our divorce solicitors we can provide a free or depending on your requirements on a fixed fee basis a initial appointment, generally available within 24 hours, to go over the details of your case and advise you on your next steps. 

What are the most common grounds for divorce?

Divorce or dissolution is the legal process used to end an unhappy marriage or civil partnership. This process is 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 or civil partnership dissolution to be granted, there must be provable justifications, known as ‘grounds’. The most common reasons for divorce are outlined below:

  • Unreasonable behaviour - this is the most commonly cited reason for a divorce due to its broad interpretation. This umbrella term can refer to everything from violence to criminal behaviour, poor financial management or emotional abuse, and it needs only to be proven that the couple can no longer live together as a result of this behaviour
  • Adultery - this can be cited 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. Adultery cannot be used as grounds to dissolve a civil partnership
  • Desertion - if a spouse leaves for a period of at least two years against the wishes of their partner desertion can be cited. This applies only in rare cases
  • Separation - when there is a consensual agreement between both parties that the marriage is over they can separate amicably under these grounds

Get in touch

At Clough & Willis, our divorce solicitors have a great deal of experience in dealing with different types of divorce cases. Our offices in Bury and Bolton are easily accessible, and we will provide clear, easy-to-understand advice to guide you through what can be a stressful legal process, to help you reach a satisfactory divorce settlement.

Give our expert divorce solicitors a call on 0800 083 0815, or fill in our online enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch.

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