Making the decision to end a marriage or long-term relationship is a difficult one and not one that should never be taken lightly. Ask yourself, do I really want to separate from my partner? Is there something else in my life causing my unhappiness?
Seek out some couples counselling, talk to your friends and family, talk to your spouse about the problems as you see them and be willing to work at saving your marriage before walking away.
Getting divorced legally brings your marriage to an end, so that you are no longer husband and wife.
For those people not ready to dive straight into divorce proceedings, it is possible to obtain a judicial separation, whereby you remain married but legally separated, and this can deal with most financial claims. You can also set up a separation agreement, explore the alternatives to divorce.
However, if you separate but do not get divorced, you will remain financially tied to each other and divorce continues to be the most popular way of formally separating from a spouse.
Unmarried couples do not have the same legal rights as those that are married or entered into a civil partnership.
If the relationship breaks down there is often limited legal protection.
Assets such as the family home are not divided as they might be in divorce and should a property dispute occur, trust and land law is applied instead.
There is no automatic entitlement to make financial, capital, spousal maintenance or pension claims
I would like to thank Kate Sarsfield, QC Katherine Dunseath and Gill Bridger for all the hard work and immense support they have all given me over the past six months. Stowe handled my divorce in 2013 to 2015 and then a capital settlement plus lifetime maintenance for our down syndrome daughter five years later. It has been an extremely emotional and stressful experience for myself and our two special needs children. I cannot thank the Stowe team enough for their professionalism, quality advice, empathy and wonderful support. We fought a very hard battle and won! I will always recommend Stowe Family Law.
Client: Ms G
Lawyer: James Scarborough
I contacted Stowe Family Law towards the end of a very complicated divorce, owing to a stressful and difficult unforeseen, 11th hour situation. The way that James Scarborough dealt with my case and was confident to take it on board despite not having been involved throughout the whole process was incredibly reassuring. Expected costs were explained at the outset, and for me, the stress of a complicated situation was reduced enormously owing to James’s clear communication and positive approach. Based on my dealings with Stowe Family Law, I can recommend this firm without hesitation.
Client: Mrs R
Lawyer: David Milburn
Stowe Family Law LLP has represented me in regards of my matrimonial matters for the last 8 years. David Milburn, managing partner has worked directly on my case. I would highly recommend Stowe and David to anyone needing dedicated, knowledgable and extremely efficient support with family law matters.
Client: Mr C
Lawyer: Kate Rayner
I have just completed a divorce this year using Stowe Family Law. My experience was excellent throughout. From the very first meeting Kate was very helpful, professional and clear with me about everything. This was especially valuable to me at what is clearly a difficult time personally and she made the whole process very straightforward. I would definitely recommend Stowe and would like to thank them for their help.
Client: Mr J
Lawyer: Emma Newman
I was recommended to contact Emma Newman a number of years ago regarding what I hoped to be a straight forward divorce. Sadly it turned into an acrimonious journey of nearly 3 years. Emma was amazingly supportive, kept me sane and on track and through her commensurate professionalism, ensured we ended with a balanced and fair outcome for all parties. I honestly could not hold her and Stowe in higher regard and would recommend without any reservation.
Client: Mr F
Lawyer: Maria Coster
Maria Coster has been my solicitor for approximately 2 years. My case has been complex with many emotional ups and downs. Throughout this time Maria has been the voice of objectivity, understanding and compassionate.
She possesses a natural flair for truly understanding her clients' needs, wishes, values and long term objectives. She has been a joy to work with and her professional skills are outstanding..organised, clear and methodical.
Thank you, Maria, for being there through the toughest and challenging time of my life.
Client: Mrs S
Lawyer: Nastassia Burton
At a really difficult time in my life, Nastassia listened, gave expert advice and handled my divorce with professionalism and sensitivity. I can thoroughly recommend Stowe.
Client: Mrs H
Lawyer: Jemma Slavin
Jemma Slavin is an all-round brilliant lawyer – she is excellent with clients and well-liked by local solicitors as an opponent, not because she is an easy opponent but because she always takes a proportionate and cost-effective approach to cases. Rachel Fisher is a friendly but formidable lawyer who is extremely good for her years of PQE. Joanna Newton is a brilliant addition to the firm – a truly high-class act.‘