What is divorce?
A divorce is a formal ending of a marriage. It’s more permanent than a separation and involves a legal process. When people talk about divorce, it is likely that they are referring to the emotional fall out of the marriage breaking down and/or the practical arrangements for the children, home, and money so they can separate.
To a divorce lawyer the ‘divorce’ is essentially the paperwork necessary to bring the marriage to an end legally. The legal process of divorce doesn’t actually mean that financial or child arrangements are sorted.
In April 2022, the Divorce, dissolution, and separation act 2020 became law, allowing spouses to divorce without having to place blame on anyone for the breakdown of the marriage. This is called a no fault divorce and you can read more about the divorce law changes here.
Do I need a lawyer to get divorced?
Although the paperwork of the divorce can be completed relatively easily with or without a lawyer, we strongly recommend that you talk to us before submitting an application. This is because getting a divorce and not dealing with the financial connections between you, such as joint ownership of a property or individual pensions, can have a disastrous effect.
You can discuss all of this during a fixed fee first meeting with one of our divorce solicitors. The advice we give you in this meeting is tailored to your specific circumstances. Knowing where you stand and how to take the next step is the focus of the fixed price first meeting. Want to know more? Click here to find out what to expect at your first meeting.
If you would like to talk to us about your divorce or to book a fixed fee first meeting, please contact the Family Law department on 020 8771 5254.
About our Family law team
At Amphlett Lissimore, we specialise in this work. We can do what is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for you, our client. Our approach is to be supportive of our individual clients and to keep focussed on their end objective whilst not being distracted by the stuff that does not make a difference, but which will waste their time, energy, and money.
As your divorce solicitor, we can employ every negotiation skill to help you whether it is Mediation, round table meetings, Collaborative law or Arbitration. We do all of this and more because discussions between different people are never the same, and there’s never one solution that will fit everyone. The best outcomes come from the resolution option that is best suited to the individuals involved.
Our divorce lawyers are all members of Resolution and are committed to working with families and individuals to resolves issues and conflicts in a constructive way. We also have three trained mediators at our firm, so if you believe that mediation could be a suitable route for you and your partner when it comes to agreeing the financial and child arrangements, we can help you with that too. Our Family lawyers are based across South London in our Crystal Palace, Bromley and West Wickham offices. Telephone and video appointments are also available.