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How to get a Divorce

Navigating the legal maze

What is involved?

Freeths’ team of family law solicitors know that divorce is not easy. We can help by ensuring that your matter is dealt with efficiently and with sensitivity. If your marriage has irretrievably broken down and divorce is the only option, you will need to decide on the fact to be relied on within the petition to establish grounds for divorce.

This fact could be adultery, behaviour, separation for two years (with consent), desertion for two years, or separation for five years (without consent). You must have been married for more than one year before you can start a divorce.

We will work with you to gather all of the relevant information, prepare and issue the petition, and advise you on the issues that need to be considered when getting divorced. The procedure can take 5-6 months, but may take longer if issues with finances need to be resolved.

Once the facts of the breakdown of the marriage have been established, the court can issue Decree Nisi. Six weeks and one day later, you can then apply for Decree Absolute, making your divorce final. Sometimes, there are reasons why applying for the final Decree Absolute should be delayed.

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Why choose Freeths?

  • We have a successful record in reaching financial agreements, without the need to go to court
  • Our nationally renowned family lawyers have an extensive experience in calmly handling divorce
  • We develop innovative solutions to difficult problems, carefully tailored to your individual needs
  • You can trust our team to take a sensitive, empathetic approach to your personal situation
  • We are ranked in the top tier by both the Legal 500 and Chambers for family law advice

The family team at Freeths encourage their clients to try and resolve their issues amicably.

It may be appropriate for you to consider mediation, collaborative practice or other methods of negotiation to avoid costly court involvement. However, if matters cannot be resolved amicably, an application to the court may be necessary.

All of our team are members of Resolution, a family law professionals’ group committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive, non-confrontational way that puts the best interests of any children first.

Financial issues are usually resolved at the same time as the divorce, or shortly after, covering things like maintenance and what will happen to the marital home and other assets. Our experienced family lawyers will explain the various different approaches that you can use to resolve everything. Our aim is to help you reach an agreement so that a formal order can be prepared and approved by the court.

Call our friendly, professional family team to find out how we can help you.

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Meet the team

How to get a Divorce Lawyers

Tom Burgess, Associate

Tom Burgess

0845 404 1715

Claire Colbert, Partner

Claire Colbert

0845 128 6961

Diana Copestake, Partner

Diana Copestake

0845 272 5674

Gemma Nicholls-Webber, Senior Associate

Gemma Nicholls-Webber
Senior Associate

0845 404 1714

Rachael Oakes, Partner & Head pf Famoly & Platinum Client Services

Rachael Oakes

0845 128 6960

Judith Speed, Partner

Judith Speed

0845 274 6868

Joanne Thomas, Associate

Joanne Thomas

0845 404 4120


"I cannot believe it is all over, I could not have got through this without your practical advice and clear direction."

"You have really been a great comfort and I am very relieved to have achieved an agreement which allows me to move on with my life."

"Thank you so much for being my ‘wing man’ and the calm voice of reason throughout this mad and crazy process! You have definitely helped to keep me sane."

"I want to thank you for all you have done for me. Without your help I would not have received the settlement I have. There are so many things you have done for me that I really am truly grateful."

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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