Dealing with a broken marriage or relationship can be confusing and very distressing, so having the right people to turn to for help is crucial. With the support of our highly experience divorce solicitors, divorce and separation can be made as easy as possible, keeping conflict to a minimum and allowing you to make a clean break.
Apart from dealing with the emotional upheaval this will bring, the situation can be even more daunting when you have to make arrangements for your children, sort out your living arrangements and divide your savings and property.
At HPJV Solicitors we are specialist divorce lawyers who understand the difficulties you face. We offer compassionate, straightforward advice on both the legal and practical issues involved in divorce. We can also advise you on where to access additional support if the need arises and make that referral, with your consent.
Making the decision to see a lawyer for the first time can be a big step for many and we understand that. We appreciate that you will have many questions and will be filled with uncertainty, so we aim to offer reassurance and answer your questions in a calm, friendly way without using legal jargon.
Speak to one of our expert divorce solicitors in Newport today by calling 01633 242 526 or use the contact form on the right to ask a question.
How we can help you with divorce and separation
Our divorce law solicitors support people with all aspects of divorce and separation in Newport and across South East Wales.
We can guide you through the whole legal process of ending your marriage, helping things to progress as swiftly and smoothly as possible.
Our divorce solicitors can assist with:
- Preparing and submitting a divorce petition
- Responding to a divorce petition
- Representing you in a divorce hearing (if required)
- Applying for a decree nisi
- Applying for a decree absolute
Examples of how we can help include making sure there are no errors in your divorce petition, which could see it rejected and force you to reapply, and ensuring you cite sufficient reasons for the breakdown of your marriage in your divorce petition, reducing the likelihood that a court will deny your application.
Untangling your finances is often the most complicated part of divorce or separation, so having expert advice and guidance is essential to ensure your short-term and long-term interests are taken into account.
We can help you negotiate a financial settlement with your ex-partner wherever possible, or suggest alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and collaborative law if appropriate.
Where court action is the best or only option to achieve a settlement, however, we can offer the skilled support and representation you need to secure a fair outcome.
If you have children, sorting out where they will live and what contact a non-resident parent will have with them will typically be your top priority. This is an area where a non-confrontational approach can be particularly beneficial as it is almost always better for children if their parents can maintain an amicable relationship after separation.
As well as helping you to decide residence and contact issues, we can also advise on matters such as parental responsibility and taking children abroad, ensuring your children’s wellbeing and your rights as a parent are secured.
If you were not married or in a civil partnership, a separation agreement can allow you to formally agree how your finances will be divided and what the arrangements will be for any children you have together.
A separation agreement can also be used if you are married or in a civil partnership and want to try a trial separation or make a temporary agreement to deal with immediate issues while you work on agreeing a more permanent settlement.
Our divorce lawyers can offer a number of options to help you reach an amicable agreement over the practical issues arising from your divorce or separation, including financial settlements and arrangements for children.
Mediation – We have established relationships with a number of highly effective third-party mediators who can guide you and your former partner through discussing any issues that need to be sorted out while keeping conflict to a minimum. This is often the fastest and least expensive way to handle your divorce.
Collaborative law – Our team includes trained collaborative lawyers who can represent you in ‘round the table’ meetings with your ex-partner and their lawyer. This provides an opportunity to negotiate the details of your divorce in a co-operative way while giving both parties the benefit of their own lawyers’ expertise.
Common questions about divorce and separation
What are the grounds for divorce in the UK?
The only grounds for divorce in the UK is that your marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’. To show that this is the case, you will need to cite one of the following 5 reasons in your divorce petition:
Adultery – Where you spouse has been unfaithful with someone of the opposite sex (same-sex infidelity is currently classed as ‘unreasonably behaviour’).
Unreasonably behaviour – Where your spouse has behaved in such a way that you can no longer reasonably be expected to live with them. This can include issues such as spending too little time at home or not providing emotional support, as well as more serious issues, such as alcoholism or domestic violence.
Desertion – Where your spouse has left you without your agreement, without good reason and with the intention to end your relationship for at least 2 out of the last 2.5 years.
2 years’ separation – If your spouse agrees to the divorce.
5 years’ separation – Whether your spouse agrees to the divorce or not.
How long does it take to get divorced in the UK?
This will entirely depend on the circumstances, but for straightforward, undefended divorces, around 4-6 months is typical.
A divorce will generally progress faster if you and your spouse can maintain an amicable relationship and avoid the need for court action as this means you will not need to wait for a hearing date.
Is a pre-nuptial agreement legally binding?
Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements can be disregarded by a judge during a divorce hearing if they have good reason to do so, however, as long as the pre-nup or post-nup was correctly prepared and signed by both parties, it will normally be taken into consideration.
Our expertise in divorce and separation
Our divorce lawyers in Newport have decades of experience helping individuals and families to deal with all of the legal issues involved in divorce and separation. We have the knowledge and skills to ensure even the most complex and contentious issues can be resolved effectively, protecting your interests and those of your loved ones.
Our team includes several Law Society accredited Family Law and Children Law specialists, as well as members of Resolution, a group of family lawyers committed to removing the conflict from divorce and family law.
We also have the support of our Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited property team, who can help with any of the property issues that often arise during divorce and separation, including buying or selling your home, remortgaging and transfer of ownership.
HPJV Solicitors is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for the strength of our practice management and client care. We are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).