When contemplating divorce it is advisable to seek the legal advice of a solicitor early on so that you can make informed choices and decisions.
The process need not be expensive and seeking advice early can allow you to focus on the issues which need to be resolved. This can lead to a better outcome allowing you to move on sooner.
Anthony Raumann, our specialist family law solicitor, will give you guidance and advice on the legal procedure for divorce for undefended, defended and nullity petitions.
Divorce – Legal framework
There is only one ground for divorce and that is of irretrievable breakdown of marriage. When issuing a petition for divorce, it is necessary to establish irretrievable breakdown by reference to one of five facts, which are as follows:-
- The Respondent has committed adultery and the Petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the Respondent.
- The Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent.
- The Respondent has deserted the Petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition.
- The Petitioner and the Respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of, at least, 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition and the Respondent consents to a Decree being granted.
- The Petitioner and the Respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition.
In many cases there will be financial matters that may need to be resolved as part of a divorce. It is important to consider the full picture not only financial but also non-financial too.
We advise in relation to assets such as the family home or properties, all types of pensions through to businesses and issues with regard to Trusts. At Barrett & Co we work closely with colleagues and other professionals to ensure you are fully advised as to your personal circumstances.
We can deal with all aspects of family matters following separation or divorce. It may sometimes appear that the matter will be straight forward, but it could become more complicated. It is always important to consider all issues and these may relate to the divorce suit or civil partnership dissolution itself, the financial issues that may arise out of separation, divorce or dissolution as well as disputes involving any relevant children.
We advise on Deeds of Separation for couples who are not married, who may not wish to pursue divorce or a dissolution their civil partnership.
When family life becomes complicated, a family law solicitor can inform you of your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
Getting the right legal advice can help guide you through the divorce process, even if it’s only an initial meeting with a solicitor or a one-off session with a mediator. Although there is a wealth of information you can access now online, there can also be conflicting viewpoints and misinformation. Financial relief, in particular, is also an area dominated by judicial discretion which makes it hard to predict what financial settlement is the most appropriate.
A solicitor can give you advice on your rights, responsibilities and entitlements and explain the legal jargon to you. Solicitors can help you with the divorce forms and associated paperwork; put into effect an agreement you have reached independently with your ex-partner; negotiate on your behalf directly with your ex-partner’s solicitor, and through the courts if necessary; give you independent legal advice, either if you’re negotiating a settlement through mediation or at the start of your process if you’re involved in a do-it-yourself divorce.
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When a marriage ends, spouses and their children often face a perfect storm of stressful events: new living arrangements, parenting schedules, and of course, decisions about property and money.
The emotions caused by these changes can make it difficult for spouses to understand the legal process of divorce, and may even impair their ability to make sound decisions. Getting through a divorce may be easier if you’re informed about the process before it begins. The following article provides a few tips to help guide you through this difficult time.
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Anthony Raumann offers a fixed fee initial meeting of one hour to discuss your personal circumstances, your options and your next steps, at a cost of £95.00 ( inc VAT) , followed by a free letter of advice.
Anthony will meet you in our Reading Berkshire office. If you would like to meet with Anthony please telephone the office so that an appointment can be arranged.
Anthony has many years’ experience as a family solicitor and handles cases ranging from issues involving children to cohabitee disputes and medium to high net worth divorce cases for UK and EU clients. He has a calm, analytical and sympathetic approach with clients and provides realistic advice to achieve lasting solutions to emotionally fraught and complex issues.
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4th October 2021
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1st October 2021
I have recently used Barrett and Co Solicitors for a multiple legal issues needing to be resolved and also creating a will. I found them to be very good and professional, the majority of the work being carried out by Juliette Spanner who has very knowledgeable, professional and courteous. From my experience I will be using them in the future again.
8th August 2021
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4th August 2021
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