Divorce Solicitors

Sadly, some relationships just do not work out. Breaking up with your partner is likely to be a stressful and unsettling time. When you have built a life together over many years, finding yourself single again can be daunting. The added pressure of securing your future financial independence and providing for your children only makes the process harder.

If you need a divorce, civil partnership dissolution, or separation, our friendly and highly experienced team of divorce solicitors based in West Bromwich are here to help. Whether the decision to separate is mutual and expected or you have been taken by surprise by divorce papers from your partner, we can guide you through the process and help you move towards a brighter future.

We can help you:

  • File the divorce petition or civil partnership dissolution application
  • Respond to divorce or civil partnership dissolution papers
  • Negotiate the division of assets and financial arrangements with your former partner
  • Work out arrangements for children, such as where they will live and how much time they should spend with each parent
  • Agree a separation agreement or obtain a legal separation (judicial separation) if you want to separate but cannot or do not want to get divorced

We have particular expertise assisting people with high value or complex finances, such as international property, business interests and extensive investment portfolios. We are accredited in the Law Society Family Law Advanced accreditation in recognition of our skills in this area.

Get in touch to arrange your free 30-minute consultation with our separation and divorce solicitors in West Bromwich

We are happy to offer all new family law clients a free 30-minute consultation to discuss the divorce or dissolution process and recommend your next steps. We will also provide clear advice about our fees and the costs you will likely encounter so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Based in West Bromwich, our clients come to us from across the West Midlands and beyond, including Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Get in touch to set up your free initial consultation by giving our divorce solicitors in West Bromwich a call or by filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

Covid-19/Coronavirus

We value getting to know our clients and providing a level of face-to-face advice rarely found at other law firms. During these times of Covid-19/coronavirus, face-to-face meetings and drop-ins are not always possible. However, we still strive to provide the welcoming, personal service you expect. Visit our Coronavirus page to see how we are providing top quality customer service while keeping you and our team safe.

Why choose our divorce lawyers?

We are a senior-led team of dedicated family law solicitors with decades of expertise under our belts. Our Family Team includes Christopher Beeley, Matthew Hall, and Nick Lines who all have around 30 years’ experience specialising in family law.

Nick is a member of Resolution, a network of family law professionals dedicated to helping families find positive resolutions without going to court. Nick, together with the rest of our team, will help you reach a divorce settlement through amicable out-of-court negotiation wherever possible so you can avoid the stress and costs of court proceedings.

Our team also includes Family Law Advanced accredited specialist, Navpreet Virk, who specialises in complex and emotionally challenging family law matters, such as separation matters involving domestic violence and divorces involving High Net Worth individuals.

Our divorce, civil partnership dissolution and separation expertise

Divorce petitions and civil partnership dissolution applications

We can provide advice and assist with all the aspects of filing or responding to a divorce petition or dissolution application.

The formal process of ending your marriage or civil partnership requires you to show that your relationship has irretrievably broken down. To do this, you must rely on one or more ‘facts’. These are:

  • Adultery (not available for civil partnership dissolution)
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for at least two years (i.e. one partner has abandoned the marriage or civil partnership, for example, by walking out on the other partner and/or emotionally checking out of the relationship)
  • Separation for at least two years with the consent of those parties
  • Separation for at least five years but no consent needed

Do you need to have a reason to get a divorce?

At the moment, you must rely on one or more of the facts above to get a divorce or dissolution. We understand that this may not truly reflect the reality of your relationship – in many cases, the couples have simply drifted apart or want to their lives to go in different directions. However, if you and your partner both agree to the separation, the divorce petition is more a formality than anything and the judge is likely to allow the divorce.

From Autumn 2021, the divorce process is changing. The five facts are being abolished and it will no longer be possible to object to a divorce or dissolution application (other than in narrow cases such as fraud). This process will be known as ‘no-fault divorce’.

It probably will not be worth waiting for no-fault divorce to come in if you want to separate now. However, we are happy to provide further advice if you are worried that your partner will try to make the process difficult for you.

Division of assets and financial settlements

Our divorce lawyers can help you negotiate a practical financial settlement that is fair and safeguards your future financial security. We can assist with all matters, including:

  • Agreeing the division of assets, such as:
    • The family home
    • Other properties such as second homes and buy-to-let investments
    • Savings
    • Shares and investments
    • Pensions
    • Personal belongings, such as cars and furniture
    • Business interests
  • Sorting out debts – how they will be maintained in the short term and once the divorce is final, such as:
    • The rent or mortgage
    • Household bills
    • Credit card debt
    • Loans
  • Agreeing spousal maintenance payments
  • Agreeing child support payments

In most cases, we are able to help individuals come to a voluntary arrangement without needing to go to court (other than for formalities such as turning a voluntary agreement into a legally binding Consent Order).

For couples who need a little extra support, we can provide advice about using methods of alternative dispute resolution, such as family mediation to work through financial disputes.

Our team also has substantial litigation experience and can represent you during family court proceedings if voluntary agreement is not possible.

High Net Worth divorce

Our team regularly handle complex and high value divorce and dissolution matters, such as cases involving national and international business interests, overseas properties, and diverse investment portfolios. We have achieved the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation for our skills in this area.

We take a strategic approach to these matters, ensuring that your financial interests are protected throughout. We often work closely with forensic accountants and other financial experts, such as tax advisors, to assist individuals working through these challenging issues.

If you are concerned about your former partner hiding or purposely disposing of assets to prevent them from being included in the divorce proceedings, we can help you take action to prevent this and recover what should rightfully be yours.

Making arrangements for children

Divorce and separation can be particularly unsettling and confusing for children. You will need to make many difficult decisions, such as where they will live, how regularly they should see their non-resident parent, and where they will spend the holidays. We understand that making compromises on these issues can be difficult, however, it is important to remember that the children’s best interests should always come first.

Our divorce solicitors can help you find positive resolutions to the most emotionally challenging of children-related problems. Our service includes:

  • Helping you negotiate a voluntary parenting plan with your former partner wherever possible – exploring the best ways to communicate and reaching decisions that work for the whole family
  • Advising on using alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation to sort out arrangements for children
  • Advising other family members, such as grandparents, about contact with children after their parents separate
  • Helping you make a wide range of child related court applications, such as:
    • Child Arrangements Order applications – regarding residence and contact
    • Specific Issue Orders – for a specific decision about children
    • Prohibited Steps Order – to prevent a parent or anyone else with parental responsibility from making a particular decision, such as a decision to take a child overseas

We can also provide expert advice where social services are involved in your family. Please visit our Children Law page for more information.

Conveyancing

If you need to buy or sell your home as part of your divorce or dissolution, we have a dedicated team of residential conveyancing solicitors who can assist. We are members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme which is recognised by all major mortgage lenders.

Making a Will and estate planning after separation

When a divorce or dissolution becomes final, your partner will automatically be cut out of your Will (unless you change it to say otherwise). This tends to be what most people want.

However, once you decide to separate, it is a good idea to make or update your Will as soon as possible. The divorce process can take a long time, especially if disputes arise. If the worst should happen and you pass away before the divorce becomes final, your partner will still inherit. You will also need to update who you want to inherit your money and property instead, especially if your partner is the only beneficiary.

We have a dedicated team of Will solicitors who have decades of combined expertise helping individuals put their final affairs in order. We can provide expert advice about the effect of divorce on your Will and help you make any necessary changes to properly reflect your wishes.

Get in touch to arrange your free 30-minute consultation with our separation and divorce solicitors in West Bromwich

We are happy to offer all new family law clients a free 30-minute consultation to discuss the divorce or dissolution process and recommend your next steps. We will also provide clear advice about our fees and the costs you will likely encounter so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Get in touch to set up your free initial consultation by giving our divorce solicitors in West Bromwich a call or by filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response.