Getting a divorce is, more often than not, difficult and distressing. But whatever your situation and however complex the issues, we understand what's involved and are here to support and advise you.
The breakdown of a relationship will always be one of the most daunting life events imaginable. When you're separating from your partner, divorcing or ending a civil partnership, so much needs to be considered and organised. You may be wondering how you are going to cope with it all and keep things together for your children or with your work. But with the right support, you can move forward and look to the future with confidence. Our team provides that support.
Starting divorce proceedings is not a step anyone takes lightly but, unless there are international or other complicating factors, once the decision has been made the divorce process itself is usually fairly straightforward. It's the fallout from the separation and divorce – especially the emotional upset, financial uncertainty and family upheaval – that makes the situation so complex and challenging.
Having the right advisors during this time is key. Our team of divorce and children lawyers, mediators and collaborative practitioners have the experience to understand what you're going through and to listen to what matters to you. We have the training and professional expertise to work with you to find the best possible way forward.
We can help you get to grips with all the issues you're facing. We will explain the options open to you and the different approaches that can be taken so that together we can decide on the road ahead.
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Our family and children team is known for its commitment to reducing conflict. This is why all our lawyers are members of family justice organisation Resolution. It is also why so many of us offer mediation and collaborative practice as well as negotiation and court representation.
Your divorce may be complex but, wherever possible, we will encourage agreement. Going to court for more than the divorce process itself is sometimes necessary but usually there's a better way. We know from experience that decisions you make for yourselves, supported by the advice we provide to ensure you're protected, are more likely to be effective and better for the family in the long term than those imposed on you by a judge in divorce court proceedings who doesn't know you. If you do need an independent decision, arbitration offers a much more flexible, dignified and speedy process.
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