Ending a marriage

Obtaining a divorce is usually quite straightforward, particularly if you and your husband or wife agree that your marriage is over. Difficulties are more likely to occur over the practical issues, such as where to live and the arrangements for children and financial matters.

Things can become more complicated if you have close connections to more than one country. For example, if you were born or married in another country or have lived there during your marriage, you may potentially be able to divorce there also.

Deciding where to divorce

To start with we can tell you if you satisfy the criteria to bring a divorce against your husband or wife in England. In some circumstances you may be able to divorce in England and Wales even if you do not live here. This will depend on your own individual circumstances and your level of ongoing connection to this country.

If you do have connections elsewhere, it is important to consider the likely outcomes in those countries and assess where it is best for you, and your family, for the divorce to take place. As well as the likely financial outcomes, there are lots of other things to take into account. We work closely with a number of lawyers across Europe, and worldwide, to ensure that clients understand where it is best to divorce.

Completing the divorce process

Once you are ready, we draft all of the court documentation on your behalf, which you approve before it is lodged at court. We guide you through each step of the process - from the issuing of the divorce petition at court, to serving the papers on your husband or wife, through to Decree Absolute, the final Decree of divorce. Alongside the divorce process we advise about how best to handle financial matters and resolve any issues.