Divorce + Separation

The breakdown of a relationship is a traumatic and emotional time.  At Harris + Harris we can help you work through the process of Separation, Divorce and all the surrounding legalities in a professional and compassionate way thus helping you to make a fresh start.

Whether you are married, separated, cohabiting or in a same-sex relationship, we can explain the legal processes relevant to your particular case and help you decide the best route forward.

As members of Resolution our team is committed to a constructive, non-confrontational approach to Family Law matters and adheres to a strict Code of Practice to resolve family and relationship disputes as quickly and as amicably as possible

Separation

Many couples do not wish to divorce in the first instance, but rather want to legally set out terms for a formal separation in a document called a Separation Deed. We can help formalise arrangements such as Property Division, Financial Settlements and Arrangements for Children, setting out a legally binding Agreement on which you can base your future life.  A professionally managed legal Separation Agreement will make a divorce easier if, ultimately, that is the wish of the couple.

Divorce

In the event of a Divorce it is essential that couples seek professional legal advice about the process itself and the ancillary issues resulting from the legal termination of a marriage.  At Harris + Harris we can explain the different options that are available to reach a Divorce Settlement and guide you through all the legalities needed to resolve issues relating to your FinancesProperty and any Children.  To proceed with a Divorce you must prove that you have grounds as any Court will need to be satisfied that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  The Court will accept one or more of the following grounds as proof:-

    • Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with him/her;
    • Your spouse’s behaviour has been such that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her;
    • Your spouse deserted you at least 2 years ago;
    • You and your spouse have lived apart for at least 2 years and you both agree there should be a Divorce;
    • You and your spouse have lived apart for at least 5 years.

At your initial consultation, our friendly team will help you establish the grounds for your Divorce, fully explain the process and highlight any other legal issues that will need to be addressed to negotiate a final settlement