Divorce and Separation

Our divorce solicitors provide expert, straightforward and compassionate advice in any matter pertaining to divorce law.

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Our team of experienced divorce lawyers has the knowledge and expertise to handle all aspects of the divorce proceedings with professionalism and sensitivity. Forbes Solicitors's divorce law solicitors provide a range of divorce services to help protect your interests during this challenging time. Our divorce solicitors understand that divorce can be a difficult and emotional time, which is why our team is committed to offering support and guidance every step of the way. Our goal is to help you navigate the legal process with confidence, and to protect your interests throughout the proceedings.

What is Divorce Law?

What is Divorce Law?

Divorce law is the area of law that governs the legal process of ending a marriage. In the UK, divorce law is governed by the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, which sets out the grounds for divorce and the procedures that must be followed. Divorce law also deals with issues such as property division, child arrangements, and support payments.

Forbes Solicitors offer confidential, comprehensive legal advice. Our divorce and family law solicitors have years of experience in their field and so have the complex legal knowledge required to confidently and accurately advise you on your particular case.

We will be able to advise you on whether you are able to apply for a divorce. Our team of expert solicitors can explain how a divorce could affect you financially or in terms of child arrangements or property. All of these factors will help you decide if divorce is the best or right option for you to take, and we can offer information on other choices such as mediation and separation.

If there are factors such as the physical or sexual abuse of you or your children, we can advise you on how to proceed safely and what routes, including Legal Aid, are open to you. We would also be able to offer advice on how we could help keep you and your children safe during the divorce proceedings.

Our specialist Divorce Law solicitors are here to help you through all legal issues regarding Divorce Law in a sympathetic and caring manner; working together we can establish the best course of action for yourself.

Divorce and Separation FAQs

Is it best to use a solicitor for a divorce?

It is recommended to use a solicitor for a divorce as they can provide legal advice, handle paperwork, and represent you in court if necessary. However, it is not mandatory to use a solicitor and some couples may choose to handle the divorce themselves through a DIY divorce or mediation.

What type of solicitor do you need for a divorce?

You need a family law solicitor for a divorce. They specialise in legal issues related to family matters, including divorce, child arrangements, and financial settlements.

How long does the divorce process take?

The length of the divorce process can vary depending on the complexity of the case and whether both parties agree on the terms of the divorce. On average, it takes around 6-9 months to obtain a final order in divorce. However, it can take longer if there are disputes over finances or child arrangements.

What is the ground for divorce?

Your marriage needs to have irretrievably broken down.

How much does a divorce cost?

The cost of a divorce can vary depending on the complexity of the case and whether or not it is contested. The court fee for filing a divorce petition is currently £593. Additional costs may include legal fees, mediation fees, and court fees for any hearings. The total cost of a divorce can range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds.

What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?

A contested divorce is where one party disagrees that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and wishes to defend the divorce. This would lead to a court hearing and a trial. An uncontested divorce is where both parties agree to the divorce and the process proceeds by way of agreement.

Can I get a divorce if my spouse doesn't want one?

It is possible to get a divorce, even if one spouse does not want one. Legal advice would be needed. If they are served with papers, the application may proceed. If they cannot be served, the court can be asked to dispense with service.

If they choose to defend the divorce, there is a process for the court dealing with that.

What happens to our assets and property during a divorce?

Assets and property are divided fairly between both parties during a divorce. This includes any jointly owned property, savings, investments, and pensions. The court will consider factors such as the length of the marriage, the financial needs of each party, and any contributions made by either party. It is important to seek legal advice to ensure a fair division of assets and property.

How are child arrangements and support determined in a divorce?

Child arrangements and support are determined based on the best interests of the child. The court will consider factors such as the child's age, health, and relationship with each parent. The court may also consider the parents' ability to provide for the child financially and emotionally. Child support is typically calculated based on the non-resident parent's income and the number of children involved.

Can I change my mind about the divorce after it's been filed?

Yes, it's possible to change your mind about the divorce after it has been filed. You have the option to withdraw your divorce application at any time before the final order is granted. However, if your spouse has already filed a response to the application, they will need to agree to the application being withdrawn and you will need the permission of the court.

What should I do if I'm considering divorce but don't know where to start?

If you are considering divorce but don't know where to start, you should seek legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in family law. They can guide you through the process and advise you on your rights and options. you must have been married for at least one year before you can apply for a divorce, and you will need to provide evidence of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

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Partner and Head of Department, Family/Divorce

Rubina Vohra


Partner and Head of Department, Family/Divorce

Helen Shirbon


Partner, Family/Divorce

Gill Carr

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