Divorce Solicitors

We understand that the process of divorce or separation is often a very unsettling and distressing time, which is why it is crucial to be guided through the process by an experienced professional.

At Taylor Fordyce, our focus is on you and our specialist advice is tailored to the needs of each individual client. We have vast experience in a broad spectrum of cases, ranging from those involving modest assets to high net worth individuals.

We can help support and guide you through the difficult and stressful process of separation and divorce. We can also assist in advising and preparing a Separation Agreement if suitable for your circumstances. 

We will ensure that you will be properly represented and understand the divorce process, including exactly what you need to do, how long things are likely to take and the costs involved. 

Our divorce solicitors believe in keeping matters amicable and non-confrontational wherever possible and are able to resolve most divorce-related matters without the need for court proceedings. This not only avoids unnecessary conflict, it is also normally faster and less costly as well.

We have local teams in Winchester, Sunningdale, Alresford, London and Eastleigh, allowing us to offer a convenient local service for clients across Hampshire, Berkshire and the South East.

To find out more about how we can help with your divorce, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise.

How we can help with divorce and separation

Divorce proceedings

Our divorce solicitors can guide you through the legal process of ending your marriage, assisting with matters including:

  • Initiating divorce proceedings
  • Responding to divorce proceedings
  • Drafting Consent Orders to formalise voluntarily agreed financial settlements

Find out more about our fixed fee divorce service.

Divorce financial matters

Our divorce finance solicitors can help you to achieve a fair separation of your finances, including assisting with matters such as:

  • Financial disclosure
  • Preservation of assets
  • Negotiating divorce financial settlement
  • Applications to the family courts for a financial order

Find out more about our expertise with divorce financial matters.

Arrangements for children

Our child law solicitors can help you to get the right arrangements in place for your children, including assisting with matters such as:

  • Where children will live following divorce and separation
  • What contact children will have with each parent
  • Child maintenance
  • Changing children’s names
  • Relocation with children

Find out more about our expertise with children law.

Divorce mediation

We know that most people would prefer to avoid unnecessary conflict when getting divorced. To this end, our divorce lawyers offer the popular option of mediation as a means to agree practical arrangements around finances and children during divorce.

The process involves both parties meeting with a trained mediator who acts as a neutral third party to help a separating couple agree how to divide their finances and/or decisions about any children they have.

Divorce mediation offers a number of benefits over contentious divorce court proceedings, including:

  • Less conflict
  • A faster process
  • Lower legal fees
  • Decisions about your divorce stay in your hands (rather than those of a judge)
  • Less strain on your loved ones (particularly children)

Find out more about our expertise with divorce mediation.

Our divorce fees

Fixed fee divorce

We are able to carry out some aspects of the divorce process for a fixed fee, where appropriate, such as:

  • Initiating divorce proceedings
  • Responding to divorce proceedings
  • Drafting Consent Orders to formalise voluntarily agreed financial settlements

This means we agree a price at the outset for carrying out a specific piece of work for you, giving you certainty over the costs involved.

Find out more about our fixed fee divorce service.

Our divorce solicitors’ hourly rates

For the more complex aspects of divorce, such as negotiating financial settlement, we will typically charge according to an hourly rate.

This means we will provide exactly as much support as you need to achieve your objective, with all billable work agreed in advance, so you always stay in control of the costs involved.

Deferred divorce fees

Where appropriate, we may be able to defer our fees until after you have reached a financial settlement and have the funds available to cover your legal costs.

Divorce FAQs

What are the grounds for divorce?

The rules around divorce are changing, with ‘no fault’ divorce due to be introduced from autumn 2021 under the terms of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. This means couples will be able to choose to end their marriage without needing to provide a reason.

Under the existing rules, there is only one ground for divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Once you have been married for one year you will need to evidence this by one of five facts:

  1. Adultery
  2. Unreasonable behaviour
  3. 2 years separation with consent
  4. 2 years desertion
  5. 5 years separation

Civil partnerships can be dissolved after one year on the same grounds of irretrievable breakdown. One key difference from divorce is that adultery cannot be used as a reason for this breakdown in civil partnership dissolution. We are pleased to be able to offer a fixed fee for a basic divorce.  Please see our divorce fixed fee fact sheet.

How long does it take to get divorced?

This will depend on the circumstances, but around 4 to 6 months is typical for straightforward, uncontested divorces.

Our divorce law expertise

Elizabeth Walker is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law team with over 30 years’ experience helping families to navigate divorce, separation and related issued. Elizabeth has particular experience with financial settlements, including for High Net Worth individuals.

She is accredited by the Law Society for Family Law and can also advise on Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney, which often need to be reviewed during marriage or divorce.

Marianne Tyndall is a Solicitor in our Family Law team who has specialised in family law for over a decade and is a member of the family lawyer’s network Resolution.

Marianne has experience with all areas of matrimonial law, from pre-nuptial agreements through to divorce and all matters associated with children during separation.

Taylor Fordyce is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards.

Useful documents

Other services offered by our family law team

Our family law team can assist with a range of other matters related to marriage, divorce and separation, including:

Speak to our divorce law solicitors now

To discuss how we can help with your divorce in complete confidence, please contact our local teams in Winchester, Sunningdale, Alresford, London and Eastleigh.

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