Separation and Divorce

Divorce can be an incredibly painful and stressful experience but at Longmores we pride ourselves on effectively and sympathetically guiding clients through this distressing time.

Ultimately there is just one ground for divorce – the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. It has to be proved in one of five different ways: adultery; behaviour; desertion; at least 2 years’ separation with both parties consenting to the divorce, or at least 5 years’ separation if one party does not consent. If divorce is not an immediate reqirement or option, then a Separation Agreement may be an alternative. Our experienced team takes clients through all the options to establish which best suits them and ensures the whole process is as smooth and amicable as possible.

We are also experienced in handling the breakdown of relationships between non-married couples who are not covered by divorce legislation but still have assets to divide up between them. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law’ husband or wife. The law which applies in these situations often fails to recognise the relationships and arrangements which co-habiting couples have. Couples in these circumstances often need help to deal with their home, if jointly owned, as well as other jointly owned assets. A Separation Agreement can be drawn up which to deal with these issues and will finalise matters in a very similar way to the final financial orders in divorce cases.

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