Divorce

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At Grayfords, our trusted family solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with divorce. We understand the importance of providing the best possible legal advice to our clients, ensuring that it is specifically tailored to the requirements of their case. Our approach is pragmatic, caring, and transparent, with the goal of providing you with a cost-effective and efficient experience that minimizes the stress and worry of a divorce so that you can focus more freely on your family and future as you navigate this difficult time.

Our divorce lawyers have extensive expertise within this area of family law and are able to provide specialised guidance across a multitude of related matters including:

  • Civil Partnership Dissolution and Separation
  • Pension Sharing
  • Child Custody Matters
  • Asset Discovery and Protection
  • Financial Settlements
  • and Property Ownership

Don’t hesitate to get in touch and book a free consultation today with Grayfords if you are considering a divorce and need a divorce solicitor to advise and/or represent you in your matter.

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Frequently asked questions

You will be able to get a divorce in England and Wales if:

  • You have been married for at least one year;
  • Your marriage is legally recognised by UK law; and
  • Your relationship has permanently broken down

Usually, one or both parties should be domiciled or resident in England and Wales, but even if that is not the case, you may still be entitled to divorce here.

As of 6 April 2022, new ‘no-fault’ divorce laws are in effect.

You may have heard that you need ‘grounds’ for divorce. In the past, you would have needed to cite one of five reasons as to why your marriage had irretrievably broken down. However, this is no longer necessary.

Now couples can get divorced simply on the basis that their marriage has broken down.

The new divorce laws have been designed to simplify the process and reduce the potential for conflict, as there is now no requirement for one spouse to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage.

You can either apply for a divorce by yourself or jointly as a couple.

You can make a joint application if you both agree to the divorce, and you are not at risk of domestic abuse.

You may want to apply for a divorce on your own if your spouse does not agree to the divorce or if you do not think that they will cooperate or respond to the court.

In the past, one spouse was able to challenge the reasons or grounds for divorce that the other spouse had provided on the divorce petition. This may have resulted in both parties having to attend court and give evidence.

However, under the new divorce laws, it is no longer possible to contest a divorce, except on very limited grounds.

In general, no. The legal requirements for mixed- and same-sex marriages are essentially the same. As such, parties who entered into a same-sex marriage can equally file for divorce in England and Wales provided all legal requirements for a divorce petition are met.

In England and Wales, divorce tends to be an on-paper exercise with only a small percentage of cases ending up in court. In some instances, however, it can happen.

Most times matters are dealt with through mediation and negotiations, allowing parties to save time, money and reduce stress. For these reasons, our solicitors’ aim is to use cooperation and expertise to facilitate your divorce process.

If you believe that divorce is not the right decision for you, our solicitors can help you figure out an alternative to it. These are some possible arrangements we can advise you on if you are not ready to undergo a divorce or do not have sufficient grounds to prove its validity:

  • Counselling
  • Separation
  • Post-nuptial agreements
  • Reconciliation
  • Therapy

Along with divorce proceedings comes the need to settle other areas of your life, such as finances and child matters, if you are a parent. At Grayfords, our solicitors are experts in all areas concerning family law and will be able to guide, support and advise you through all of these further agreements so as to ensure you that all of your matters are tackled to exceptionally high standards.

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Regular Catch-up Strategies


At Grayfords, we understand the importance of developing effective strategies to achieve the desired outcomes for our clients in family law and private client law matters. That's why we prioritise regular catch-up strategies to ensure that your case is handled efficiently and aligned with your goals. 

As experienced family and private client lawyers, and strategy experts, we recognise that every case is unique and requires a tailored approach. Through regular catch-up sessions, we engage in open and collaborative discussions with our clients to gain a thorough understanding of their objectives, concerns, and preferences. These ‘catch-ups’ allow us to assess the progress of your case, identify any evolving needs or challenges, and adjust our strategies accordingly. We are also then able to put in place any personal support our clients may need should they wish to avail themselves of our coaching and therapy & mental health services at any point during their legal matter.

By maintaining regular communication, we can provide you with updates on the status of your case, share important information, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This proactive approach ensures that you are actively involved in the decision-making process and empowers you to make informed choices throughout the legal proceedings. 

Our aim is to ensure that your case is being handled in the most efficient and effective way possible. Through our regular catch-up strategies, we can evaluate the success of our current strategies, make necessary adjustments, and optimise our approach to maximise the chances of achieving a favourable outcome for you. 

At Grayfords, we value your input and understand that your goals are essential to the success of your case. Our commitment to regular catch-up strategies reflects our dedication to providing personalised and client-centered legal services. By working together, we can create a strong partnership and develop strategies that align with your vision and aspirations. 

Strategic Partnerships​


At Grayfords, we believe in the power of strategic partnerships to enhance the quality and efficiency of our legal services. We understand that legal matters often require expertise in various specialised areas, and that's why we have established strong relationships with trusted and renowned specialists in both family law, private client law, and therapy and mental health support.

Our strategic partnerships enable us to provide a streamlined and comprehensive legal service to our clients. When your case requires consultation or assistance in specific areas of the law, we have the resources and connections to quickly and efficiently engage the right experts. 

Whether it's a complex family law issue or a multifaceted private client law matter, our network of trusted specialists allows us to draw upon their knowledge and experience to provide the best possible advice and representation for our clients. These partnerships ensure that we can offer comprehensive solutions that address all aspects of your case, providing you with a holistic approach to your legal (and personal) needs. 

By collaborating with specialists in various legal fields, we can navigate intricate legal challenges more effectively, saving you time, effort, and potential complications. Our commitment to strategic partnerships means that we stay informed about the latest developments in family law and private client law, ensuring that our advice and strategies are up-to-date and relevant. 

At Grayfords, we value the importance of offering a well-rounded legal service to our clients. Our strategic partnerships enable us to tap into a wealth of expertise and resources, ultimately enhancing the quality and effectiveness of our services. You can trust that we have the necessary connections to consult with specialists whenever needed, ensuring that every aspect of your case is addressed with proficiency and efficiency while also supporting you on a personal level as needed.

Time for you


At Grayfords, we understand the value of time, and we prioritise our clients by ensuring that they receive the attention and support they need throughout their legal journey. Unlike other family law and firms, we never claim to be too busy for our clients. We believe that effective communication is essential, and our team is always accessible and responsive to your needs.

Whether you have a question, or concern, or need an update on your case, our dedicated team of family law and private client law experts will be readily available to assist you. We go the extra mile to ensure that you can reach us conveniently and promptly. You can count on us to answer your calls or reply to your messages on platforms like WhatsApp, enabling efficient and effective communication.

Our commitment to internal collaboration and dynamism ensures that there is always someone available to address your family law or private client law case. We understand that legal matters can be time-sensitive, and we strive to provide timely and accurate advice. You can rely on our team's collective knowledge and expertise to guide you through the complexities of family law and private client law.

At Grayfords, we recognise that your time is valuable, and we respect that by being responsive, accessible, and dedicated to your case. We prioritise open and transparent communication, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way. You can trust that we will dedicate the necessary time and attention to your legal matters, ensuring that you feel supported and well taken care of.

Specialised Service


At Grayfords, we offer a specialised range of services across both family law and private client law, tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. With a focus on honesty, empathy, and pragmatism, we provide reliable legal advice that is designed to help our clients achieve success in their legal matters. 

In the realm of family law, we understand the emotional challenges that can arise during sensitive family disputes. Our team of experienced family law solicitors provides compassionate support and guidance throughout the process. Whether you are going through a divorce, child custody battle, or dealing with complex property division, we have the expertise to navigate these intricate matters while prioritising your best interests. 

In the field of private client law, we recognise the complexities and demands that business owners and HNWIs face in today's dynamic marketplace. Our private client law services encompass a wide range of areas including wealth planning, asset management, trusts, wills, probate, and lasting powers of attorney. We aim to be your trusted legal partner, offering strategic advice and solutions that align with your commercial objectives as you navigate your family matter. 

At Grayfords, we believe in fostering long-term exceptional working relationships with our clients. Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to understand your unique circumstances and provide tailored legal solutions that anticipate your individual needs. We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding personal service level, ensuring that you feel supported and informed throughout your legal journey.  

Our ultimate goal is to alleviate the pressure and stress often associated with legal matters. We are committed to guiding you through the complexities of family law and private client law, allowing you to focus on what matters most to you. Trust Grayfords to provide you with the specialised legal services you deserve, backed by our expertise, integrity, and dedication to your success.