Divorce can be very stressful and we believe choosing and using a lawyer shouldn't add to that stress. We offer a range of clearly priced services, putting you in control – all provided by local, expert lawyers. Select the option below that best suits your circumstances or give us a call for some free advice.
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What do you get?
Not sure which option is right for you? Discuss your circumstances with us and get some initial advice, at no cost to you.
We advise you and complete all the legal paperwork and then guide you through the process from there.
We do everything needed to obtain your divorce from start to finish, with on-going advice and support throughout provided via telephone and email.
We do everything needed to obtain your divorce from start to finish, with on-going advice and support throughout provided in-person.
The alternative to our fixed price services, simply pay for as much of our expert assistance as you require.
Is it right for me?
If you're unsure which option to select or have any questions about our services.
You want some expert help completing the right forms but you're confident in dealing with the rest yourself with some guidance.
You want a lawyer to manage the whole process and don't expect disputes over children or finances. You're happy getting advice over the telephone or email.
You want a lawyer to manage the whole process and don’t expect disputes over children or finances. You prefer face-to-face advice.
Divorcing or separating from your spouse can be one of the most emotional and stressful experiences of your life. Whether you wanted to end the relationship or not, a breakup can turn your world upside down triggering painful emotions. Getting married brings with it a sense of hope and when things don’t work out it can leave you feeling profoundly disappointed and lost. Sorting out financial arrangements with an ex-spouse is often one of the most difficult aspects of divorce. The decree absolute legally ends your marriage but it doesn’t end the financial relationship between you. That’s why it is very important to protect your finances both now and in the future by getting the right legal advice
Making the decision to separate or divorce is not easy, especially when there are children involved. You could be feeling a sense of shock, sadness or anger as well as worrying about how your separation will affect your children and relationships with family and friends. There are probably financial and practical worries bubbling away too. A distressing time becomes overwhelming if your ex-partner says they are going to stop you from having contact with your children. There are many reasons for this, and contact denial can happen at any time – not just immediately after separation or divorce.
Here we talk about what you can do to make sure child access arrangements are fair to everybody, and most importantly, that your children’s welfare is at the core.
The decision to divorce is never easy. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, whatever your circumstances. Being in a relationship can feel like a comfort blanket, and separation can leave you with a cold sense of loss. You might be scared about starting again on your own, or excited, or both. If you have children you’ll be worried about the impact on their wellbeing, and you may also be worried about child and financial arrangements.
This is when you find out about what is involved. It is also when you decide which service is right for you – eg 'DIY', 'lawyer assisted' or full 'pay as you go'
This is the main document in which you make your request to the court for a divorce. You need to meet one of a number of different legal 'grounds' to be able to be divorced. This gets sent to court and then to your partner.
Arrangements for children
Where there are children, you have to agree on how they will be looked after. The court can delay your divorce until happy with the plans. If you can't agree, the court may need to become involved.
This is the first step towards your divorce. Nisi means 'unless'. If all the paperwork is in order, a judge will grant this and 'unless' one of you changes your mind the final divorce should be a formality.
'Absolute' means final - your divorced is finalised. You are legally no longer married. You have to wait 6 weeks and 1 day after 'decree nisi' before you can apply for this – a sort of legal 'cooling off' period.
Often financial issues are agreed and a 'consent order' can be made. If not, then the court will need to decide how to distribute your finances – this often continues after the actual divorce process itself has finished.
There is no such thing as an ‘average’ family, which means there is no such thing as a standard legal service for families. Whether you’re living together, you’re going through a separation, you’re already divorced, there are children involved or extended relatives, speaking to a family solicitor can help everyone see a clear path forward.
If you decide to adopt a child, either in the UK or from overseas, having expert legal advice is key. Hopleys GMA incorporating Keene and Kelly can support you in this highly complex legal area.
Arrangements for children
When a relationship breaks down and children are involved, your main concern will be to protect their well-being. So it’s good to know that at Hopleys GMA incorporating Keene and Kelly we make your children our number one priority too.
Change of name
If you decide to change your name, Hopleys GMA incorporating Keene and Kelly can help you to do this legally and properly.
If you’re in a relationship that isn't working for you, either because you feel threatened or are with a violent or abusive partner, it can be difficult to know where to turn to for help - but it’s important not to suffer in silence. Asking for help is the first step to resolving the situation.
Deciding to end a relationship is never an easy decision. And whether you’re going through a separation or a divorce, it can be a stressful time. One of the more difficult aspects of any split is agreeing how to deal with financial matters.
More and more couples are choosing to live together and share their lives without getting married. And whilst emotionally, you may feel no different to a married couple; under the law, couples that live together without getting married do not share the same legal rights as those who marry. This can make things difficult if the relationship breaks down in the future particularly in regards to finance and property. And if children are involved, it’s important to protect their future too.
Planning a wedding is an exciting time - and also a time when you start thinking about your long-term future. You’re probably looking forward to a long and happy marriage but it’s also natural to wonder what unexpected twists and turns life might bring.
Making the decision to end a relationship and separate is rarely easy and sometimes you may need professional legal help to ensure the separation process is handled fairly. Whether you’re facing a marriage separation or are ending a relationship after living together, it’s likely that you’ll have lots of questions and concerns. You’ll want to know what will happen regarding your home, possessions and finances. And if children are involved, you’ll want to ensure that their wellbeing is the main priority.
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