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 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: David Milburn
I received a professional service from David Milburn, my Divorce solicitor, throughout the two years we worked together to reach a settlement. Divorce is a tricky time and he dealt with my situation with empathy and was objective in the handling of my case. We had a good rapport and I was able to speak honestly about my financial needs. His support staff, Jo Childs, was also extremely helpful at keeping me in the picture. I can recommend Stowe to anyone in my situation.
Client: Ms H
Lawyer: Sebastian Burrows
Sebastian is trustworthy, highly professional, impeccably versed in his field, and the most capable pair of hands to be in during a divorce (or any aspect of family law). A tower of strength , understanding & empathy for any client. And genuinely an asset of immeasurable value to have on your side. Can’t recommend Sebastian highly enough!
Client: Mrs G
Lawyer: Theo Hoppen
Theo Hoppen was thoroughly professional and gave sound advice throughout my divorce process.
Client: Mr M
Lawyer: Theo Hoppen
I was recommended Theo, a specialist in marital law. Theo saw me immediately and this sensitive, intelligent and gentle man put my mind at rest and lead me through the process without “Gobbledegook”. Sadly, my ex wife had been advised to go all the way, and it ended up in court with barristers, but all the way through Theo held my hand and advised me of which road take. In conclusion, the process took a good 6 months and was an expensive lesson as a settlement, but Theo managed to ringfence my inheritance and family money. On every occasion Theo took my phone calls, numerous emails and gave me solid and sound support and advice. I can’t recommend him and his services enough.
Client: Mr W
Lawyer: Rebecca Coates
Thank you so much for all that you have done to help me through this difficult and emotive time. Your calm approach and counsel has been valued and very much appreciated.
Client: Mr H
Lawyer: Phoebe Hill
Again thank you so much for everything, I really do appreciate your advice, support and professionalism
Client: Ms H
Lawyer: Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield has been absolutely brilliant. She is very professional, friendly, supportive and understanding and totally cared for me and my case during one of the worst periods in my life. She dealt with my divorce and difficult child arrangements. Kate was always available to answer all my questions. Knowing that she was behind me gave me the strength and confidence to carry on. I always felt in safe hands. I would definitely and highly recommend Kate to anyone in a similar situation. I will not hesitate to ask her for help again if necessary in the future. Thank you Kate.