Divorce and Separation Services
Breaking up is never easy – whether you are married, in a civil partnership or co-habiting, we can help you through this difficult and stressful time. Should you or your partner wish to separate then it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible from a trusted source.
We have been providing divorce and separation services to Kendal, Windermere and the rest of Cumbria for generations. Our offices in the South Lakes are conveniently located to serve Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston, Kendal, Ulverston and Windermere.
Help With Divorce and Separation
Why not call us for a free, no obligation discussion to determine the options most suitable for you? Call us now on 01539 721945 or complete our Free Online Enquiry form.
We can offer an initial all issues advice meeting at £100 + vat for up to an hour with one of our experienced solicitors. If it is a divorce only that you need, see our fixed fee arrangement, below.
You can learn more about how to divorce and what is required of both parties during the separation process below, or to book an appointment with one of our specialist divorce solicitors please call us today or complete our online enquiry form.
Our specialist divorce lawyers have over forty years' experience between them, offering compassionate, honest advice on the law, how best to resolve the situation for both parties and any associated costs.
Alison Moore, our Resolution Accredited Specialist specialises in all aspects of matrimonial and family law – divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, cohabitee disputes, financial settlements and disputes including children (both private law and child care proceedings).
Sara Fletcher is a member of Resolution and has a wide range of experience in family matters including cohabitation, divorce, children and finance as well as domestic violence.
In order to end your marriage or dissolve a Civil Partnership you must show that the relationship has irrevocably broken down on the basis of one of the following five terms:
Your partner has been involved in a sexual relationship outside of your marriage or partnership.
Your husband or wife's behaviour has become unbearable that the relationship has broken down, this can include:
- Verbal abuse/violence
- Physical abuse/violence
- Substance abuse or addiction (drug-taking, alcoholism)
- Not contributing towards the upkeep of property, day-to-day living or possessions
Your husband or wife has left you:
- For more than two years within the past two and a half years
- Without your agreement
- Without a good reason
- To end the relationship
Separation for more than 2 years
You can apply for a divorce if you and your wife or husband have lived apart for over 2 years and both agree to the divorce.
Separation for more than 5 years
You can apply for a divorce without your husband or wife's agreement if you have lived apart for more than five years.
Deciding how to divide up property, money and other assets amidst the heartache and upheaval of the end of a relationship can be very difficult and daunting. Expert advice is essential, and we have helped many couples reach the best solution for them and their families.
We can guide you through issues such as:
- Child maintenance
- Preservation of assets
- Family business & other business assets
- Interim financial provisions
The petitioner is the person who starts the divorce proceedings, and our fixed fee, no-fuss package, is specially designed to provide high quality legal advice, but at a fixed price to give you peace of mind at a stressful time. If your divorce is uncontested, with no additional decisions required regarding children, property or finance, proceedings can be relatively straightforward.
Our fixed fee is £450 + vat and this includes:
- A complete quality service, from initial instruction to Decree Absolute
- Face-to-face meeting(s) with a qualified divorce lawyer
- Correct completion and timely submission of all forms
- All Court correspondence and query handling
- Regular updates by letter/email/phone
In addition there are compulsory Court Fees – these are official charges and the same for everyone – £550 comprising the Divorce Petition fee and fee for applying for the Decree Absolute). There may be minor additional charges too but we will advice of a full total cost at your first appointment.
Just £250 + vat for an uncontested divorce – and NO extra court fees on top!