Shortlands

Shortlands lawyers are dedicated to help you to understand the process and offer you advice during emotionally challenging times.​

Expert Divorce Lawyers London

 

Shortlands is a boutique law firm with 20+ years of experience in dealing with the tribulations of divorce. Our solicitors work exclusively with clients who require immediate attention and our expert legal services. Our cases often feature bankers, entrepreneurs, hoteliers and couples who have substantial assets or income to protect.

We understand that every relationship is unique and customise a suitable strategy for our clients – that’s why we are the first choice of family law specialists for time-sensitive individuals.

Principal Shabana Walayat founded Shortlands solicitors in 2004, and has been instructed in over 10,000 cases in the last decade. Our team of skilled divorce lawyers deliver specialist legal advice, with a spotlight on high value cases where children and financial matters are concerned. For those busy individuals, Shortlands helps clients understand their grounds for divorce or separation and offers expert solutions that best meet their needs.

How Can We Help?​

We Understand When A Marriage Breaks Down

In 2020, 103,592 divorces were granted in England and Wales and the average duration of marriage at the time of divorce was 11.9 years. At Shortlands, we understand that there are many layers to the end of a marriage. Therefore, we devote our expertise to top-priority cases where the client needs our guidance and respect during dark times.

 

Unreasonable behaviour was the most common reason for wives petitioning for divorce among opposite-sex couples in 2020;…for husbands, the most common reason for divorces was a two-year separation”. The same year, female same-sex couples had an average marriage duration of 4.7 years and 5.4 years for male couples. “Divorces among same-sex couples have only been possible since 2015 following the introduction of same-sex marriages in March 2014”. Dealing with the emotional and financial fallout of a divorce can be overwhelming. The top-class lawyers at Shortlands can take you through the processes and achieve the best possible result with as little confrontation as possible.

 

If one of the spouses contests the divorce, our company can guarantee to reach an agreement at the outset. This will avoid escalated costs, delay and stress. If an agreement is unreachable, we can ensure to avoid complications and early settlement by presenting your case before the court in the strongest terms.

General Divorce Questions​

A divorce petition, also known as D8 form, is the first court document in divorce proceedings. It is filled out by one spouse (the petitioner) and is filed at court, and then sent to the other spouse.

In the UK, the five accepted grounds are;

  • Adultery – your spouse will have to formally admit to this or you will have to provide proof of it. You can also apply for judicial separation if you don’t want to opt for divorce straightaway.
  • Unreasonable behaviour – this reason is the most commonly used. The other spouse does not have to formally admit to it.
  • Desertion
  • Living apart for at least two years – your spouse will have to consent to the divorce.
  • Living apart for at least five years – the other party does not need to consent.

The long awaited ‘no fault divorce’ is due to become law in England and Wales in April 2022. This means that couples can get divorced without one spouse needing to lay blame on the other.

On average, an ‘agreed divorce’ in the UK takes between four to six months.

A Decree Nisi is the first order in your divorce process. It confirms that the court doesn’t see any reason to deny your divorce as long as the details in the petition are sufficient.

A Decree Absolute is the final decree which concludes your divorce and legally ends the marriage. You need to wait at least 6 weeks after the date of the Decree Nisi before you can apply for a decree absolute.

The simple answer is that it is unlikely that you would need to go to court. However, if there are any legal disputes then court attendance will be necessary.

You can change your name but not your children’s names without consent from the other party. To change your name on official records you will need a deed poll or other types of formal documents.

You do not need a solicitor but it is strongly advised to take legal advice on any financial affairs.

You can find plenty of information and advice on our website but we know there is no replacement for personalised advice. If you have any queries about your particular circumstances, please do not hesitate in giving us a call on 02076299905.
For any further information on divorce then you can visit GOV.UK or the Citizens Advice website.

Steps Involves In Divorce Process​

There are mainly 5 stages of filing for divorce:

Stage 1: Decide on your grounds for divorce.

Stage 2: Complete a divorce petition (D8 form) which you can do online along with paying the court fee. The court will then send this form to the respondent.

Stage 3: Submit the divorce petition and await acknowledgment of service.

Stage 4: Apply for a Decree Nisi and await the judge to grant permission for a divorce, based on the grounds you provided. After this you can apply for a financial order application and settle any arrangements with your spouse.

Stage 5: Apply for a decree absolute (6 weeks after you applied for the decree nisi). Once this decree is granted, you are legally divorced.

You cannot begin the divorce process in England and Wales before you have been married for at least 1 year.

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Highly Experienced Divorce settlements Specialists For Your Support

Since 2004, we have grown our team of family lawyers, all of whom have experience of working with high value divorce cases in England, and international divorce cases. Much of these involved coming to negotiated financial agreements and protective child welfare arrangements.

 

Our family law team can assure issue resolution through mediation or collaboration at the first instance, to reduce conflict and costs. However, if a more robust approach is required, we are equipped to deal with your case to achieve the best outcome. Shortlands is dedicated to providing effective divorce services that makes the process as painless as possible.

 

Our team of family law solicitors is dedicated to clarifying the process and offering clear, understandable advice for you. Simply call us for an initial consultation and have confidence that we will support you till the end. You can count on us.

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