Separation and Divorce solicitors in London
If you are considering a divorce or separation from your partner, Shortlands family lawyers are trained in achieving the best result quickly and with as little confrontation as possible. We work with you to identify the fact that you need to rely upon and apply only those terms that work best for you.
One of the main challenges you may face is getting your partner to agree to the divorce and the reasons stated. Our experts follow the family law protocol as cited by Resolution to ensure that agreement is reached at the outset to avoid escalated costs, delay and stress. If an agreement is impossible then we ensure that your case is presented before the court in the strongest terms to avoid complications and early settlement.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to be married before I can start a divorce?
You have to be married for at least one year before divorce can be commenced.
Do I have to divorce in the country where the marriage took place?
No. You are able to divorce in the UK as long as you or your spouse have been resident here for at least one year before starting your case, or you and your spouse are domiciled in the UK.
If my spouse and I have been separated for two years, are we automatically divorced?
No.The same procedure has to be followed before divorce is finalised.See Our Flowchart
What paperwork do I need to start a divorce?
– A divorce petition
– Original Marriage Certificate, with translation if appropriate
– A fee
How long does it take to divorce?
An ‘agreed divorce’ takes about 5-6 months to finalise.
What happens if I cannot find my spouse?
You are still able to divorce by showing the court that you have made attempts to locate them. The facts of 2 years’ separation with consent or adultery should not be relied upon in this instance.
Our professional and highly experienced team of family law can assist you in your legal matters with full respect, ensuring you maintain a private family life. Begin the process today by submitting a confidential request, filling in the form below. We will respond to you shortly.