Divorce Lawyers London

If you are considering a divorce, having experienced solicitors on your side is crucial. At Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors, our specialist family lawyers in London are well-recognised for their exceptional legal support for divorce

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Why Choose Our Divorce Lawyers in London?

Facing a divorce is a journey filled with complex emotions and decisions that can affect your future. At Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors, we acknowledge the weight of this situation in your life. Our divorce and family law solicitors offer full support in managing all aspects of divorce, from initiating the process to addressing legal filings, settling finances, and determining childcare arrangements.

Recognising the emotional weight of divorce, we focus on understanding your individual situation and objectives to defend your interests and those of your family, ensuring thorough attention to every detail. 

We aim to simplify your divorce process, making it as quick, straightforward, and stress-free as possible to facilitate a smoother transition to the next chapter of your life.

Our divorce solicitors in London are well-versed in resolving complex financial disputes in divorce through mediation and collaborative efforts to keep the case out of court as much as possible. This approach saves time and resources and reduces the chances of unnecessary fights.

Our Divorce Law Services

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Responding to divorce filings
  • Initiating the divorce Proceeding
  • Crafting a mutually agreeable divorce settlement
  • Arranging custody and visitation for children
  • Resolving additional disputes related to your divorce, such as spousal support, division of debts, and protection orders against domestic violence
  • Offering legal guidance on post-divorce changes and enforcement

Reach out to our divorce attorney today for tailored guidance and to learn how we can assist you.

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Divorce Financial Settlement Services

Our expert divorce attorneys can guide you through the complexities of reaching a financial agreement during your divorce. While we aim for a voluntary settlement through mediation to save you time, money, and emotional distress, we’re also well-prepared to represent your interests in court if necessary. 

Our comprehensive services consider all financial aspects, including but not limited to:

  • Savings and investment portfolios
  • The family home and any other real estate possessions
  • Jointly owned  business assets 
  • Joint banking accounts
  • Automobiles and other significant assets
  • Pension plans and retirement accounts

Our goal is to reach a settlement that protects your financial future and honours your contributions to the relationship.

Children's Arrangements in Divorce

Deciding on the future of your children during a divorce can be highly sensitive. Our goal is to facilitate a process that minimises conflict and focuses on the best interests of your children and all family members involved. 

We offer support and legal advice on:

  • Determining primary residence and living arrangements for your children
  • Creating a parenting schedule that specifies how much time kids are going to spend with both parents
  • Economic support for the children, including child support agreements and educational expenses

We’re committed to ensuring that the outcome serves your children’s well-being while respecting the rights and expectations of both parents.

What Is a No-Fault Divorce?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act of 2020 introduced no-fault divorce. This means that spouses can now apply for divorce without blaming one another for their marriage’s breakdown. In the past, to initiate a divorce, one partner had to accuse the other of faults like unreasonable behaviour or adultery unless they were willing to undergo years of separation. 

This process often worsens conflict at a highly emotional time, negatively affecting any children involved by exposing them to conflict. Now, either spouse or both can apply for a divorce simply by declaring that their marriage has broken down.

This approach minimises conflict and the emotional toll on all involved, including children. It also prevents one partner from maliciously contesting the divorce to force the other to remain in an unhappy or abusive relationship.

No-fault divorce allows for a more peaceful divorce process by simply stating that the marriage has irretrievably broken down without needing to prove faults, such as adultery or unreasonable behaviour. 

Opting for Non-confrontational Divorce

The divorce process doesn’t always require a courtroom battle. In fact, most couples find resolution in less adversarial settings through collaborative strategies. Our firm is well-versed in non-confrontational methods, such as negotiation through legal representation, mediation, collaborative law, Private Financial Dispute Resolution (PFDR), and arbitration. 

Opting for a non-confrontational route often leads to a quicker, more cost-effective, and less bitter process. Among the options, family mediation is the most popular choice. This process provides a supportive and structured environment where parties can openly discuss and negotiate the terms of their separation, including financial settlements and child custody arrangements. 

Every family’s circumstances differ, and our highly experienced family law solicitors tailor their approach accordingly from the first consultation. We prioritise understanding your specific situation, goals, and desired outcomes, offering legal advice that aligns with your interests.

Regardless of the method chosen, our commitment to advocating vigorously on your behalf remains unwavering. Should your divorce escalate to court proceedings, rest assured that our seasoned litigators will represent you with the utmost skill and dedication, drawing on a proven track record of securing favourable outcomes for our clients, especially in high-net-worth divorce cases.

Your Rights in a Divorce Proceedings

When it comes to divorce, your basic rights include.

  • Eligibility for Divorce: By law, you are entitled to file for divorce if you have been married for at least one year and satisfy the jurisdictional requirements. 
  • Children’s Well-being: Under The Children and Families Act of 2014, the fundamental assumption is that a child benefits from both parents’ continued involvement in their lives, barring any evidence to the contrary. 
  • Financial Entitlements: When it comes to dividing assets, fairness is the guiding principle, which often translates to an equal split. However, circumstances may warrant a different distribution based on individual needs. 

We are here to help you ensure your rights are fully recognised and upheld throughout the divorce process. From verifying your eligibility and guiding you through the legal intricacies to advocating for your children’s welfare and negotiating equitable financial settlements, we’re committed to providing you with the legal support you need. 

Understanding the Process of Getting Divorced

Divorce can seem daunting, but understanding the steps involved can make the process clearer and more manageable. The usual steps often consist of the following:

  1. Verify Your Eligibility: Before initiating the process, ensure that you meet the criteria for filing for a divorce.
  2. Decide on the Application Type: Decide whether you’ll apply jointly or independently with your spouse.
  3. Send Your Application: You can apply for a divorce online or by mail. You must pay a filing fee of £593.
  4. Respondent’s Acknowledgment: Once the application is filed, the Respondent has 14 days to send the Acknowledgement of Service form to the court.
  5. Reflection Period: To provide both parties with an opportunity to consider the choice, a waiting period of 20 weeks is mandated.
  6. Conditional Order Application: You can apply for a Conditional Order after the reflection period.
  7. Certificate of Entitlement: The court will issue this certificate and set a date for your Conditional Order.
  8. Final Order Countdown: Wait for a period of six weeks and one day after receiving the Conditional Order before you can apply for a Final Order.
  9. Applying for the Final Order: This is the final step to end your marriage legally.
  10. Court Grants Final Order: Your divorce is officially complete once the court issues the Final Order.

We are here to assist you in each step of the divorce process, providing guidance and legal advice to empower you to make informed decisions.

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

A divorce typically takes around six to eight months in the UK. This timeframe accounts for the necessary finances, property, and children arrangements. Given the mandated 20-week reflection period, a no-fault divorce will require at least six months to complete.

This duration is a general estimate and can vary depending on the complexity of your case and the speed at which agreements on key issues are reached. 

How Our Divorce Lawyers Can Assist You

At Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors law firm, We are well aware of the difficulties and emotional strain that come with divorce. Our family law team is here to provide you with personalised, empathetic legal guidance throughout the process.

Here is how we can help:

  • Expert Legal Representation: Our experienced solicitors provide expert legal advice and representation, focusing on achieving the best possible outcomes in financial settlements, child custody, and property division. We’re here to defend your privileges and advocate for your welfare with utmost dedication.
  • Personalised Guidance: We understand that every situation is unique. Our group listens carefully to your narrative to understand your goals and develop a strategy aligning with your circumstances. Whether it’s negotiating a mutual settlement or representing you in court, we customise our strategy to suit your needs.
  • Support Beyond the Legal Process: Divorce can be emotionally taxing. Our solicitors offer compassionate support, guiding you through the legal process while considering your transition’s emotional and practical aspects. We aim to make this challenging time as smooth and stress-free as possible.
  • Strategic Financial Planning: Understanding the financial consequences of divorce is crucial. We offer strategic advice on dividing assets, securing fair settlements, and planning your financial future post-divorce. We aim to ensure you emerge from this process on solid financial footing.
  • Child Welfare and Custody Arrangements: The welfare of your children is vital. We can negotiate child custody arrangements that prioritise the best interests of your children, ensuring their needs and happiness remain at the forefront of all decisions.

Contact us today for a consultation. Let’s discuss how we can support you through this vital time and help you start the next chapter of your life on the right foot.

FAQs about Divorces in the UK

If efforts to obtain your spouse’s agreement for divorce are unsuccessful, you have the option to pursue a divorce without their consent by applying for what’s known as a “dispensed service.” This legal avenue allows the court to permit you to move forward with the divorce process, even in the absence of your spouse’s approval or cooperation.

In England and Wales, you must be married for at least one year before you can apply for a divorce. If you’re facing exceptional circumstances, it’s worth discussing your situation with a solicitor to explore possible alternatives or preparations.

Learn more about How to get a divorce in the UK

Divorce is the formal end of a marriage, officially dissolving the marital union under the law.  After a divorce, both individuals are considered single and have the legal freedom to remarry. Separation, on the other hand, does not legally dissolve the marriage. Couples might choose to live apart while still being legally married.

Yes, alternatives like mediation and arbitration can resolve divorce issues without heading to court. These methods often save time, reduce conflict, and can be more cost-effective.

Child support is generally calculated based on the non-custodial parent’s earnings, the number of children, and the custody arrangement. Specific guidelines vary by jurisdiction, so it’s important to consult with a solicitor for accurate information.

A family law solicitor specialises in legal matters related to family relationships, such as divorce, child custody, and domestic violence.

To find the best divorce solicitor in London, ask friends and family for recommendations, research online reviews, and schedule consultations with different solicitors.

The process of applying for a divorce in London involves submitting a divorce petition to the court, serving the petition to your spouse, and attending court hearings to finalise the divorce.

Seeking advice from a family lawyer for a divorce or separation is crucial to ensuring you understand your legal rights, obligations, and options during the process. They can help you make the process smooth and get the best outcome for you.

our family lawyers in London provide various services related to family matters, including divorce proceedings, child custody disputes, and prenuptial agreements.

During an initial consultation with a divorce solicitor, you can expect to discuss your current situation, legal options, potential outcomes, and the solicitor’s fees and approach to handling your case.

Family mediation can help resolve family law disputes, including divorce, by providing a neutral environment for parties to communicate, negotiate, and reach agreements outside of court.

Some factors to consider when choosing a family law firm include the firm’s expertise in family law matters, experience with similar cases, reputation, communication style, and fees.

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