Divorce, Dissolution of a Civil Partnership and Separation
Deciding what is right for you and your family
Nobody starts a marriage or civil partnership thinking about breaking up but we realise that sadly it can happen because people and situations can change.
If you are currently going through a divorce or the dissolution of your civil partnership, then know you are not alone. Divorce or separation is a personal decision and only you can decide what is right for you and your family.Book your complimentary consultation
At Branch Austin McCormick we will listen, offer you the utmost discretion and use our expert knowledge to help you make informed decisions. We can advise on a divorce, ending a civil partnership, annulment or separation and ensure that you make the right decision for you.
We have a large base of national and international clients. We represent clients who are not only UK-based but also clients who live abroad but wish to use the English legal system to pursue a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership.
Not all couples who separate will want a divorce. Some will prefer a legal separation instead – this may be appropriate where a divorce would not be palatable for religious reasons.
A legal separation (sometimes called a judicial separation) allows a couple to live apart without divorcing or ending a civil partnership. However, like a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, a legal separation means that the court may exercise its power to divide your financial assets (except for pensions). This may be particularly suited to an older couple who want to preserve the pension provision between them.
If you have not yet decided whether you want to end your marriage or civil partnership, you can enter into a separation agreement instead. This is a written agreement that can cover a range of areas such as what happens to the family home and who continues to live there, who pays the mortgage and other outgoings and what the arrangements for the children should be.
You can have a separation agreement recording the terms of your financial arrangements where you have separated but have not yet taken divorce proceedings or started off the process of ending your civil partnership. Be warned that such financial arrangements will be considered by a Court if and when you seek a financial order from the Court.
If you are married a divorce is not always the only option open to you. The other option to consider is annulment. This applies in very specific circumstances and includes cases where the marriage was not legally valid because one of the parties to the marriage was already married or underage. Other circumstances include marriages which were never consummated, or which were entered into under duress.
Memberships and Accreditations
Our family lawyers are members of the national family justice organisation, Resolution, which promotes a constructive and cost-effective approach to family law issues — and that’s why we also have divorce and family law solicitors who are qualified as collaborative practitioners so that we can offer you Collaborative Family Law.
This allows us to work together with other collaboratively trained divorce and family law solicitors to find solutions for your family without Court intervention.
We also have experts who are Law Society Accredited and on the Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel. Where family law disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation and agreement, we take a firm and proactive approach to court proceedings. It is this experience and outlook that makes us stand out from the crowd.
If you would like to find out more about how our team of specialist family and divorce lawyers based in London can support you then please get in touch.
You can book a complimentary 30 minutes consultation session with our friendly and knowledgeable Head of Family Law, Saika Alam. In the session, Saika will learn more about the challenges that you are facing and talk through how we can help.
We understand that it is so important that you get to speak to your divorce and family lawyer before you make any kind of commitment to use them. You need to get to know your divorce and family lawyer as much as we need to get to know you. That is why we do not make a charge for your initial consultation with us.
Saika Alam Partner - Family Law
+44 (0) 20 7851 0110
Saika Alam has provided me with invaluable advice in relation to matrimonial matters during the last few years. I have valued her patient, client-centred approach and ability to remain calm in the face of adversity. I would highly recommend her.
Saika Alam is the only person I would ever go to. She has always advised me in the most professional and honest way possible. She works in a way that makes you feel comfortable and you feel you are in good hands. I have referred so many people to her and will continue to do so.
I highly recommend Saika as she is professional, approachable and does a fantastic job achieving realistic positive results.