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Divorce & Separation

Divorce Solicitors Manchester & Stockport


Ending a marriage can be extremely emotional and stressful with issues surrounding your children, finances and property all adding to your concerns.

The family law specialists at Clifford Johnston & Co. are here to help you cope with the many decisions you have to make and to help remove the uncertainty and worry that you currently face.

Our reassuring and friendly team are here to support and advise you, while helping to unravel the individual complexities and difficulties of your own specific situation to ultimately achieve the best possible outcome for you so that you can finally move forward with your life.

About Divorce

A divorce differs from a separation in that it formally and legally ends your marriage or civil partnership.

It typically takes between five and eight months for a divorce to be processed and finalised if both parties agree but this depends on the precise circumstances and issues between any divorcing couple.

Under current legislation, if you want a divorce you will need to show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. The grounds for divorce will need to be stated on any paperwork and can include:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • You’ve lived apart for two years and both agree to divorce
  • You lived apart for five years if your partner doesn’t agree to the divorce

At Clifford Johnston & Co. we can help with both formal and informal separation so if you decide that you would prefer to separate from your partner or spouse at this stage, as opposed to pursuing a formal divorce, we can still help advise on family finances and other matters such as those relating to any children.

Expert Divorce Lawyers

Our family law specialists have a breadth of experience when it comes to helping clients with their divorce and the many varied and wide-ranging issues that can arise. No two situations are exactly the same so it is essential that you take professional, bespoke advice that is tailored to your precise circumstances. Our solicitors have an exceptional level of skill and knowledge of this complicated area and will provide you with in-depth, bespoke advice to ensure the best possible outcome and conclusion for you.

We regularly provide in-depth legal advice across the many specialist areas including:

  • International divorce
  • Business and divorce
  • Post nuptial agreements
  • Fixed fee divorce
  • Finances following divorce or separation
  • Children
  • High net worth individuals

Will I have to go to court during Divorce proceedings?

We often find that clients are extremely concerned about having to go to court to settle matters relating to their divorce including finances and child custody. However with the help of our solicitors, many of our clients are able to avoid court proceedings entirely by coming to an amicable agreement through negotiation and mediation. Our solicitors are highly skilled at helping clients reach a resolution in a collaborative way, which not only minimises the stress but also keeps legal costs down.

Once any agreement is reached, it will be approved by a court to ensure its legality and fairness to both parties but you will not need to attend.

In the event that an agreement can’t be reached and an application is made to the court, we will still pro-actively pursue an amicable resolution and often achieve this before the final hearing and a decision from the judge is necessary.

What will happen to my Children?

In most cases, parents make the decisions relating to custody and access themselves and there are usually no objections from the courts, although your divorce will not be granted until any arrangements are approved.  We are here to help with any negotiations in the best interests of the children themselves and will provide unwavering legal advice and support throughout the process.

If mediation fails and you are unable to come to an agreement with regard to access arrangements for your children, the court will come to a decision about where a child should live and the contact they will have with their other parent. This will all be decided in the child’s best interests taking into consideration, the feelings and wishes of the child, the likely effect of the decision on them, their specific emotional, physical and educational needs, the capability of each parent and characteristics of the child such as age, gender, background and anything else that the court considers to be relevant.

What is a clean-break Divorce?

Many divorcing couples opt for what is known as a ‘clean-break’ divorce, which allows them to completely separate their finances without ongoing maintenance payments. This is only possible where there are no children involved and means that once a financial agreement has been made neither party will be able to request further maintenance payments or access to assets.

What should I do next?

If you want to apply for a divorce, have been served a divorce petition by your partner or if you are not getting the results you need from your existing solicitor, then we can help.

Contact us today and we can have an initial chat about your particular situation and will arrange an appointment for you.

It is useful if you can bring:

  • Photo I.D. such as your passport or driving licence and something with your name and address such as a recent utility bill.
  • You marriage or civil partnership certificate.
  • Any letters or documents that you have received from your partner’s solicitor.
  • Any documents sent to you by the court.

Contact the Divorce Law experts

We understand completely the emotional toll that a divorce can take but we are to help you reach a clear and amicable agreement as swiftly as possible.

Our friendly team will deal with your enquiry sensitively and with understanding so contact us today for helpful and supportive advice. Our divorce lawyers are based at both of our offices and their vast experience makes them an integral part of our team of Family Solicitors in Stockport & in Manchester.

With offices in Stockport (Heaton Moor) & Manchester (Burnage), our expert family solicitors are easily accessible.  We represent clients not only locally and throughout Stockport, Cheshire, Lancashire & Manchester but also across the United Kingdom. You can count on us to help and guide you whatever your challenge or circumstance.

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