Divorce / Civil Partnership Dissolution

Relationship breakdown can be painful and seem overwhelming. We can help you consider your options and help you decide about divorce /dissolution or separation agreements; we will guide you through each stage.
At Osprey Solicitors we are experienced in dealing with the many aspects of divorce and separation including those which might affect your children or your family finances.
Since 2005, gay and lesbian couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships and marry since 2013. We are experienced in advising gay and lesbian clients through dissolution or divorce proceedings.

To apply for a divorce/dissolution you must have been married for at least one year. The ground for divorce/dissolution is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage which is proved by one of the following 5 specified facts:
Adultery (except for Civil Partnership and same sex marriage)
Unreasonable behaviour
Desertion for a period of more than 2 years
2 years separation by consent
5 years separation

The divorce/dissolution itself usually takes between 4 and 6 months so long as things are straightforward. Sometimes it takes much longer if complications arise, for example, if the other spouse’s whereabouts are unknown or if they do not respond to the court papers. We are experienced in resolving these difficulties as amicably as possible whilst ensuring your position is respected.
The financial situation and children issues can also play a part but these run alongside the divorce/dissolution, rather than being part of it. Sometimes it is crucial to have these aspects resolved before applying for the decree absolute/final order and dissolving the marriage.