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Highly experienced divorce lawyers in Birmingham

The health and safety of our clients and colleagues is our highest priority, so we’re now offering virtual consultations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for all clients who wish to speak to one of our team, without needing to come in to our offices. To arrange your consultation, call us and we will book in an appointment at a time to suit you.

Our specialist family solicitors and divorce lawyers in Birmingham are highly experienced in solving problems faced by families and individuals when a marriage or relationship breaks down, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, cohabitation issues, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements and complex financial issues and the welfare of children.

The team in Birmingham is led by Managing Partner, Rebecca Calden-Storr, a recommended solicitor in the Legal 500 with over 17 years of experience. Rebecca is joined by lawyer Shelley De Worringham, and an inhouse accountancy team.

Our clients range from high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income and investments through to professional families and stay at home parents in the Birmingham area.

 

Financial divorce settlements and protecting your future 

We have a strong success rate in resolving financial disputes, whether you are looking to protect your wealth or secure your financial position for the future. Our divorce lawyers work hand-in-hand with our in-house accounting team to provide clients with a detailed overview of their family’s finances quickly, helping you to secure a fair settlement.   Our Birmingham divorce lawyers do this for clients on a whole range of complex financial matters involving the family home, pensions, trusts, shareholdings and other business interests.

 

Child arrangements and maintenance issues

Our Birmingham team of family law solicitors have extensive experience in contact and residence, relocation and child maintenance matters.  Whether during or after divorce, these matters can be emotionally challenging for parents and children, who are already vulnerable due to the separation of parents.  Your solicitor will help you to find the best way forward, minimizing stress and anxiety for all involved.  Managing Partner Rebecca Calden Storr is one of a handful of family lawyers in the UK to have resolved a protracted Child case via private arbitration – ie without going to court.

 

Saving time and expense, through divorce and separation matters

Our clients benefit from our first-class litigation skills, yet we are also keen advocates in moving families forward using binding, swift and cost-effective alternatives to the traditional Court route.  Aptly referred to as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) these methods encourage the parties to find common ground through dialogue. We offer three types of ADR arbitration at Stowe: arbitration, mediation and collaborative law, which your solicitor will talk you through when laying out your options.  Solutions found during ADR often lead to an easier divorce due to reducing misunderstandings on family finances, the family home and arrangements for any children involved.

 

Starting the divorce process with Stowe

Every family and separation is unique because of the people, lifestyles and assets involved – so at Stowe we start by understanding your situation implicitly. Your divorce lawyers will then explain the divorce process in language you will understand, including options available to you, along with timescales and how to avoid delays and complications.  Next we offer help with…

 

Applying for divorce using a divorce petition

As the Applicant you will need to fill out this form, specifying your reasoning for requesting the dissolution of your marriage.  Your spouse may disagree with your reasoning, creating a contested divorce, which are usually more difficult and expensive than an uncontested divorce.  Your solicitor will help you to avoid such pitfalls.

 

Responding to a divorce petition

If your spouse has applied for divorce, you will be served with a divorce petition.  Responding correctly requires an understanding of the legal terminology used, which is confusing to most. Again, your solicitor will guide you through this – allowing you to decide how to proceed.

Your team in Birmingham

Rebecca Calden-Storr
Determined and proactive, providing clear, strategic and cost-effective advice with compas...
Managing Partner, Birmingham
Shelley De'Worringham
Whatever the family law case, I adopt a strategic and hands-on approach to ensure that my ...
Lawyer, Birmingham

Expertise of family and divorce cases

Come and See Us

The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway
Birmingham
B4 6AT

Our office is located in the Colmore Business District, close to the Birmingham family court, a 5 minute walk from Snow Hill train station and 8 minute walk from New Street Station.

There is parking available in the B4 Car Park or the NCP Royal Angus which are next to our building.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

What are the grounds for divorce?

In England & Wales, there is only one ground for divorce which is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. This can be evidenced by proving one of five facts: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, living apart for more than 2 years with consent and living apart for a minimum of 5 years without consent.

 

How much will my divorce cost?

The person applying for a divorce (the ‘petitioner’) will have to pay a fee of £550 on sending a divorce application to the divorce centre.  Other costs include solicitors fees and litigation and barrister fees if the case goes to court, though these can be reduced and court costs avoided entirely if the parties agree on financial and child arrangements.  Avoiding litigation also reduces the emotional costs for many people going through divorce.

 

From what age can a child decide which parent to live with?

A child can decide where they want to live from the age of 16, unless there is a residence order specifying their residence until the age of 18.

 

How long will my divorce take?

While it is possible to give estimates, it is impossible to predict the exact duration of the divorce process.

It is possible for the divorce process to take as little as 4 – 6 months if both parties agree to the divorce and on what basis to apply for one (uncontested divorce).  Contested divorces, disagreements on children and finances and delays in actions required by the petitioner or respondent can slow the divorce process considerably.

On average it takes most couples approximately one year from submitting the divorce petition, until decree absolute is pronounced and the marriage dissolved.  After reviewing the specifics of your situation, a divorce lawyer will give you a clearer understanding of how long your divorce will take.

For more information on key stages and response times, we recommend you examine our guide to the divorce process

 

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Stowe Family Law LLP
The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway
Birmingham
B4 6AT
DX 16085
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