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Divorce & Separation

SEPARATION

Stages of Separation

Separation is a major step for everyone. It’s a time when you need help and information. Most people admit feeling the worst they have ever felt in their life.

What you need to consider

If you separate, you and your former partner will need to make some immediate decisions about practical issues about your children and your assets. You may not be able to agree on all these things at the time of separation, but it can greatly help you and your family if you try to reach a temporary agreement.

At this stage it is a good idea to get legal advice. Some of the things you need to consider are:

  • where your children live and who will take care of them
  • how you and your former partner will support yourselves and your children
  • what, how and when you will tell the children, other family members and friends
  • who will pay outstanding bills or debts
  • who will stay in the house
  • how will the rent or mortgage be paid
  • what will happen to any joint bank, building society or credit union accounts
  • what will happen to the house, car, furniture and other property

 

DIVORCE

Applying for a Divorce

We can act for you in your Divorce.

The only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broke down irretrievably. That is, there is no reasonable likelihood that you will get back together. You must have been separated for at least 12 months and one day in order to satisfy the Court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no reasonable likelihood of resuming married life. It is possible to live together in the same home and still be separated.

If there are children aged under 18, a court can only grant a divorce if it is satisfied that proper arrangements have been made for them.

If you would like us to help you with your divorce application please contact us.