When going through a divorce, you need the best legal experts in your corner. At BDB Pitmans, our divorce solicitors can support you through every stage of the divorce process, setting you on the path to a better future.
At the heart of our service is the belief that every divorce is different and that your divorce will require a personal approach tailored to your needs and priorities.
We will work closely with you to understand exactly what you need to achieve, then provide sensible and sensitive advice on the best way forward. Where speed is a priority, we can use options such as arbitration and private financial dispute resolution to achieve quick results.
Our divorce lawyers act for clients across the country and from a range of backgrounds, with the majority of our clients located in London, the South and the South East, as well as East Anglia. We also routinely act for international clients.
We have particular skills and experience in high value and complex financial matters, including those involving international aspects, businesses, pre-acquired and inherited assets, trusts and third party interests. Our team are also renowned for their expertise in child law matters, including child relocation.
We are also often called upon to provide a second opinion where clients are unhappy with their current representation and this is something we are happy to provide.
Our divorce lawyers can advise on
- Divorce and separation
- Dissolution of civil partnerships
- Divorce financial settlements
- Arrangements for children
- Relocation with children
- Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Trust of Land Claims (Property ownership disputes)
- Financial claims on behalf of children
- Child maintenance
- International divorce
- Divorce and domestic abuse
Why choose BDB Pitmans for divorce legal advice?
Independently accredited expertise
Our exceptional family law expertise is recognised by the leading legal directories and more widely. Our team includes qualified mediators and collaborative lawyers, as well as expert litigators, so you can have full confidence in our ability to handle all of the different approaches to divorce.
Decades of combined experience in all aspects of divorce law
A key strength of our team is the breadth and depth of our experience. Between them, our divorce lawyers have seen it all, so no matter how complicated or seemingly obscure the issues you are facing might be, chances are our team have dealt with it before and know exactly what to do.
A creative, agile approach that achieves results quickly
There is always a danger that divorce proceedings can become long and drawn out if the right approach is not taken. With our expertise in all of the various different approaches to divorce, we can sidestep many common problems and unblock tricky issues that may be holding things up.
A partner-led service giving you access to the best expertise
Your case will always be overseen by a highly qualified and experienced partner with extensive specialist experience in divorce law. This allows us to guarantee the best possible advice for even the most complex matters.
How we can make divorce a better experience for you and your loved ones
Through every stage of divorce proceedings, we will work hard to make things easier on you and your loved ones, while keeping your interests fully protected.
Where possible, we seek to avoid conflict and achieve an amicable separation. We can offer highly effective dispute resolution options including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration to give you the best chance of getting the outcome you need without court proceedings.
However, we recognise that a more robust approach is sometimes needed to protect your interests and those of your loved ones. Our divorce lawyers are skilled litigators with a strong track record of success in contentious court proceedings. We can provide straight talking advice and tough representation to make sure you get the best possible result for your divorce.
Whatever your circumstances, we can take a creative approach to help you have the type of divorce you want to experience, while always ensuring that your future and that of your loved ones is secured.
Our divorce fees and flexible funding options
The cost of divorce is always a concern, so we are happy to provide clear advice at the outset about our fees and the likely costs involved in your divorce.
We work hard to keep our fees competitive and will provide a realistic estimate of fees following your initial consultation with our team.
We answer your questions about divorce
How long does divorce take?
Divorce in England & Wales takes a minimum of 6 months, except in very limited circumstances where the Court will agree that this timeframe can be reduced (i.e. significant ill-health). That being said, things can take a lot longer depending on the approach taken by you and your spouse and the quality of the legal advice and support you receive.
Separating your finances and making arrangements for any children you have can also take longer, especially if Court proceedings are required.
If you wish to avoid lengthy divorce proceedings, there are various options we can offer to help speed up the process. Our divorce lawyers are trained in methods including mediation, collaborative law, instructing arbitrators and private financial dispute resolution, all of which can allow you to agree the details of your separation quickly and privately, without the need for contentious Court proceedings.
Do you need to go to Court to get divorce?
The majority of divorces in the UK no longer require contentious Court proceedings to deal with issues such as separating your finances or formalising arrangements for children as these can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution outside of a Court setting.
There are, however, still many circumstances where Court proceedings may be the best or only option, so it is important to be prepared for this eventuality, even if you believe you are likely to be able to resolve matters privately.
Should court proceedings be required, it is essential to work with a team of divorce solicitors with strong experience and a proven track in divorce court proceedings. This is an area where BDB Pitmans’ Family Law team excels, so we will be happy to support and represent you.
What are the grounds for divorce?
There is only one legally accepted ground for divorce, which is that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. You do not need to provide any evidence of why this is the case. A statement from you (or jointly with your spouse if you are jointly applying for divorce) is all that is required.
Can I get a no fault divorce?
Yes. Since the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 on 6 April 2022, all divorces in England & Wales are now “no fault”, as there is no longer a need to “prove” the reason that your marriage has broken down. This has also removed the possibility for a spouse to contest the divorce and taken away the need for one party to “take the blame” for the marriage ending. As a result, divorce should be a simpler and less stressful process, with the emphasis being on working collaboratively with your spouse to achieve the best for your family as a whole.
Insights from our divorce lawyers
For further information on common points of concern during divorce, please take a look at the following articles written by our divorce solicitors:
- Your options upon divorce / dissolution of a civil partnership
- How do you separate and divorce well?
- Top tips for avoiding a scary divorce
- New divorce law – Finally a better way forward
- Government commits to 6 April 2022 for no-fault divorce
- Divorce and Brexit – no need to panic
- The residence debate – divorce for international couples
- What practical steps should I be taking after my divorce/dissolution has concluded?