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Divorce & Dissolution

Glanvilles’ divorce lawyers are able to advise in relation to all aspects of divorce or dissolution.

In England and Wales, there is currently no such thing as “no-fault” divorce or civil partnership dissolution. To officially end your union with your partner, you must prove that the relationship has irretrievably broken down.

Once you have been married for over a year you can bring divorce proceedings. You will need to rely on one of the five facts to support the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, as follows:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Adultery
  • 2 years separation by consent
  • Desertion for 2 years
  • 5 years separation

If you have been in a civil partnership for over a year, you can also bring dissolution proceedings on the basis of the irretrievable breakdown of the partnership. However, there are only four facts upon which you can rely on to support the irretrievable breakdown, as follows;

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • 2 years separation by consent
  • Desertion for 2 years
  • 5 years separation

Fortunately, most divorce and dissolution cases go undefended, meaning it’s highly unlikely you will need to attend a court hearing to argue your case. However, if you file for divorce or dissolution and your partner disputes it, our trained divorce solicitors can advise on defended petitions and cross petitions.

For clear, uncomplicated advice and representation during divorce and civil partnership dissolution proceedings, get in touch with our family lawyers by giving us a call at one of our local branches in Chichester, Fareham, or Havant. Alternatively, please fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

How our civil partnership dissolution and divorce lawyers can help

Relationship breakdown can be traumatic for the whole family. Complicated questions about arrangements for children and division of finances can quickly cause tensions to rise. In these situations, the support and guidance of a legal expert is essential to help you negotiate, cooperate, and ultimately come to an agreement without unnecessary stress or conflict.

Our friendly and sympathetic family law specialists are on hand to help you. Our goal is to make the divorce or dissolution process as painless as possible.

Wherever possible, we will help you access methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as family mediation and collaborative law to help you avoid contentious court proceedings, saving you considerable time, money, and stress.

Our divorce and civil partnership dissolution expertise includes:

Starting divorce proceedings

We’ll provide extensive advice in relation to starting divorce and dissolution proceedings as well as handling the procedural aspects, such as drafting and filing the divorce petition.

We have considerable expertise drafting petitions, sensitively handling the particulars of your individual situation and ensuring meticulous attention to detail.

Arrangements for children

The happiness of your children is likely to be your primary consideration so from the outset of your case, we will make their welfare central to our instruction.

In the vast majority of situations, we’re able to help clients come to amicable agreements with their partners regarding arrangements for children, utilising Alternative Dispute Resolution where necessary.

In the rare cases court proceedings become necessary, we’ll ensure the best interests of your children are central to the case, promoting your parental rights in the process.

Our arrangements for children advice includes:

  • Providing support during decisions about where children will live
  • Negotiating contact with the non-resident parent
  • Assisting in decisions about a child’s upbringing, such as education and medical treatment
  • Negotiating child maintenance
  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders

Financial settlements

Negotiating the division and arrangement of matrimonial finances and assets is often the most complex aspect of divorce or dissolution.

We have substantial experience helping clients agree beneficial financial settlements, including being involved in many cases involving High Net Worth individuals and complex assets.

In the majority of situations, resorting to court isn’t necessary. We offer various negotiation options, including voluntary disclosure, collaborative law, and family mediation.

Our expertise includes:

  • Agreeing the division of finances, including money, savings, investments, the family home, other property, overseas assets, pensions, businesses, and personal belongings
  • Negotiating spousal maintenance and child maintenance
  • Pension sharing, including Pension Sharing Orders, offsetting, and Attachment Orders
  • Financial Orders (in the event you and your former partner cannot agree)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We believe that the amicable resolution of family law matters is preferential to complicated and often stressful and expensive court proceedings.

Our legal specialists, Janet Paxton and Charlotte Woodhouse, are members of Resolution, an organisation of family law professionals all dedicated to promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution over court.

We offer various methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution which we are happy to talk you through so you can make an informed decision about which is the right choice for you.

Mediation

Our family law team includes qualified mediator, Janet Paxton. During mediation, Janet will act as an independent third party to facilitate and guide divorce or dissolution negotiations between you and your former partner. Mediation tends to present a neutral environment which fosters cooperation rather than conflict. For this reason, the process has an impressive success rate.

Any agreement made during mediation can be made legally binding by applying to court for a Consent Order.

Collaborative law

Our team includes qualified collaborative lawyer, Charlotte Woodhouse. Collaborative law is the process of sitting down with your former partner to discuss divorce and dissolution matters, including arrangements for children and financial settlements. Both you and your partner will have a collaborative lawyer present who can provide you with legal advice and negotiate on your behalf.

Any agreement made during the collaborative law process can be made legally binding by applying to court for a Consent Order.

Defended divorce & dissolution proceedings

Although rare, in some situations, your partner may not want to get a divorce or dissolve the civil partnership, or they disagree with the reasons you provided in your petition. In these cases, they are likely to defend the petition.

If you are unfortunately put in this position, we will offer clear, realistic advice about the best way to proceed. We’ll also provide robust representation on your behalf, giving you the best possible chance of achieving a successful result.

Why choose Glanvilles’ family lawyers?

At Glanvilles, we have years of experience guiding and supporting families through divorce and civil partnership dissolution proceedings.

We deeply understand the distress and frustration the process can cause. Janet Paxton and Charlotte Woodhouse are members of Resolution and we value a neutral, non-combative approach to resolving associated matters. From the outset of your case, we will take every step to resolve the matter efficiently and cost-effectively, enabling you to start moving on with your life as soon as possible.

As a firm, we are Law Society accredited in Family Law Advanced for our expertise in the most challenging family law matters, including those involving complex finances and overseas assets.

We are also accredited in Lexcel for our dedication to exceptional client care and legal practice management.

Get in touch today

For clear, uncomplicated advice and representation during divorce and civil partnership dissolution proceedings, get in touch with our family lawyers by giving us a call at one of our local branches in Chichester, Fareham, or Havant. Alternatively, please fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.