At Monan Gozzett, we understand that divorce and separation can be emotionally challenging and legally complex.

That's why our experienced solicitors are here to offer compassionate assistance, ensuring your rights and interests are protected every step of the way. With our deep understanding of family law, we strive to provide tailored solutions that meet your unique needs and circumstances.

Whether you require assistance with divorce proceedings, financial arrangements, child custody matters, or international implications of divorce, our dedicated solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process effectively. We are committed to achieving fair outcomes and facilitating amicable resolutions whenever possible.

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What Is The Difference Between ‘Divorce’ and ‘Separation’?

Understanding the difference between 'Divorce' and 'Separation' is essential when considering your options in a marriage or relationship. While both involve the end of a marital union, they have distinct legal implications:

Divorce is a legal process that officially terminates a marriage, resulting in the dissolution of the marital bond. It involves obtaining a court order that recognises the marriage as legally ended. In a divorce, the couple is no longer considered married, and they can lawfully remarry if they choose to do so. Divorce addresses various aspects such as child arrangements, division of assets and debts, spousal support, and financial arrangements.

Separation, on the other hand, does not legally end the marriage. It is an arrangement where a couple decides to live apart while still legally married or in a civil partnership. In a separation, the couple remains married but leads separate lives and may establish specific agreed-upon terms regarding child arrangements, financial matters, and property division. It allows individuals to take time apart and evaluate the future of their relationship without finalising the divorce.

Judicial Separation

Judicial separation is a legal process that allows couples to formalise their separation without obtaining a divorce. It is a legally recognised arrangement where the court intervenes to resolve various issues arising from the separation, such as financial matters, child custody, and property division.

When a couple chooses judicial separation, they remain legally married or in a civil partnership, but they live apart and have legal obligations towards each other as determined by the court. The court can issue orders regarding child arrangements, such as who the children will live and spend time with, spousal maintenance, and the division of assets and debts.

Obtaining a judicial separation typically involves filing an application with the court and providing relevant information about the grounds for separation and the desired arrangements. The court will review the application, consider the circumstances, and make decisions based on what it deems fair and appropriate.

It's important to note that judicial separation is a legally binding process, and the orders issued by the court carry legal weight. This means both parties must comply with the court's decisions regarding financial obligations, child arrangements, and other matters specified in the order.

Divorce and Financial Arrangements

When pursuing a divorce, it is crucial to address financial matters.

Our divorce solicitors are well-versed in negotiating and reaching fair financial settlements, taking into account assets, pensions, and maintenance payments.

We strive to achieve outcomes that meet your needs and protect your future financial security.

If you are concerned about the financial costs of a divorce, we can advise on how much the process might cost and also how you could get help funding it.

International Implications of Divorce

Divorce can involve additional complexities if you have international ties.

Our team has extensive experience in handling cases with international aspects, including jurisdictional issues, cross-border assets, and child relocation matters.

We provide comprehensive advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

Why Choose Our Divorce and Separation Solicitors?

At Monan Gozzett, our team understands that the combination of emotions, uncertainty and anxiety relating to children, finances and even pets can be overwhelming.

We aim to lessen that stress, provide realistic, specialist advice, and support you through the legal and practical considerations of divorce and separation.

Our expert legal team has considerable experience representing clients through the divorce process, whether supporting clients to resolve matters at an early stage or until the court makes a final decision.

We will tailor our approach to meet your needs, depending on your circumstances and priorities, to achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

Contact Our Divorce and Separation Solicitors

If you would like to speak with a legal team member, you can call Monan Gozzett on 0207 936 6329.

Alternatively, you can email or fill in an online form at the bottom of this page.

Divorce And Separation Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Divorce?

A divorce is a legal process that officially ends a marriage. It involves obtaining a court order that dissolves the marriage and addresses matters such as child arrangements, financial arrangements, and property division. Our divorce solicitors have the expertise to guide you through this process and protect your interests.

How do you get divorced?

You must file a divorce petition with the court to initiate the divorce process. Our solicitors will assist you in completing the necessary paperwork accurately and efficiently. We will keep you informed throughout the process and handle all communication with the court and the other party's solicitors.

What are the grounds for divorce?

England and Wales operate a no-fault-based divorce system which means that you do not have to provide a reason for the breakdown of your marriage, just a statement that your marriage has irretrievably broken down.

How long does a divorce take?

The duration of a divorce case depends on several factors, such as the complexity of the issues involved and the cooperation between the parties. Typically, an uncontested divorce takes around four to six months, while a contested divorce may take longer. Our solicitors will work diligently to minimise delays and progress your case as efficiently as possible. Find out more about how long divorces can take.

Who pays the legal fees in divorce?

The allocation of legal fees varies depending on the circumstances. In some cases, both parties may share the costs, while in others, one party may be responsible for paying the fees. Our solicitors will discuss the potential costs with you during the initial consultation and provide transparent information about our fees and payment options.

Will I have to go to court?

In many divorce and separation cases, court attendance can be avoided. Most matters can be resolved through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or collaborative law, and reaching mutual agreements between the parties involved.

However, court proceedings may be necessary in some situations, especially if there are unresolved disputes or significant disagreements between the parties. Some factors that may require court involvement include complex financial matters, child custody disputes, or instances where one party is uncooperative or unresponsive to negotiations.


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