Separation Solicitors Romford and Dagenham
While for some people marriage will last a lifetime, there are many couples that decide a relationship can no longer continue and the parties have to separate. In some cases, this separation can be temporary, in others, it will be permanent. Not everyone will formally separate initially as they are do not want the stress and additional upheaval it may cause. However, when it comes to starting a new relationship and entering into a second marriage then there will be a need for that formality through divorce.
Divorce and Separation Lawyers
Milner Elledge have practiced in the field of divorce law for many years and have vast experience in relation to dealing with couples looking to separate or divorce. In order for a divorce to be granted in England and Wales one of the following five criteria has to be met;
- Adultery has been committed by one or both of the parties. (This ground must be used immediately. You cannot give the relationship a second chance for more than six months and then use this ground of divorce)
- Unreasonable behaviour including things such as verbal or physical abuse towards the other spouse.
- Where you have been separated for two years you can use this as a ground of divorce but both parties must consent to the divorce.
- Where you have been separated for five years or more then you can use this as a ground of divorce without the other party consenting.
While for many the main focus of a divorce may be separating physically from the other party, a key concern will be the division of matrimonial assets. Our team are specialists in financial matters when it comes to relationship breakdown and will go through all your options with you. Our solicitors will look at any factors that may come into a financial claim such as; giving up a job to look after the children so that the other spouse fulfil their career ambitions, being the person responsible for the household bills, or even unreasonable behaviour during the marriage.
In many cases of separation, it will not just be the spouses that are involved but also children and in some cases even pets. While some couples may be able to come to mutual agreement about custody and visiting rights for children, many will not. Specialist family solicitors can help you put across your case for custody or visitation rights to the court and work with you to ensure that suitable arrangements are put in place.
Our team put the children at the heart of these cases, and where possible will encourage collaborative negotiation with the other spouse or mediation to reduce the stress and negative effects on the children. Moreover, while the custody arrangements you wish may not be possible at the start of a divorce our team will work with you on a long-term plan to build up where possible to achieving the arrangements you believe best for your child.
Contact our Separation Solicitors in Romford and Dagenham
With over 30 years of experience in the field of child and family law, there is no team in the South East better placed to assist you and your family through a separation. Whether its initial advice on divorce, concerns over splitting the finances or help making an application to court for appropriate child custody arrangements, our team are here to help. Throughout a case, our solicitors offer a sympathetic, not judgemental, child-centred approach. Contact our team today on 01708 763463 for our Romford office or 020 8984 0940 for our Dagenham office.