Introduction to divorce
The decision to begin divorce proceedings is one of the most difficult decisions that one can make in life and so clients will often seek initial legal advice before deciding whether or not to proceed. Depending on your particular needs we will discuss with you the arrangements that need to be made for your children in terms of their residence and care, the financial provision that the court would consider appropriate for the maintenance and support of the less wealthy spouse and the grounds upon which a divorce may proceed or indeed be defended. We deal with each of these matters separately to ensure that they each receive the attention they require and to ensure that the best interests of the children remain the absolute priority and entirely distinct from any financial dispute. For more details please refer to our guide to divorce, our guide to child financial provision upon marriage breakdown and our guide to arrangements for children upon relationship breakdown.
How Vardags can help with your divorce
We understand the impact that divorce proceedings can have upon families and how difficult it is to take the final decision to get a divorce. Therefore, you can rest assured that no pressure will be exerted on you to make a decision that you are not yet ready to make; we will assist you in considering all your options with an informed perspective. Where your case is publicly or politically sensitive we will be happy to meet you at a discreet location away from our offices to discuss your options. Equally, we understand that receiving a divorce petition (particularly if unexpected) can be incredibly painful and unsettling. Therefore, whether you have been served with a divorce petition or are considering issuing a petition yourself, you should seek our expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity so that we can help you manage this difficult process in the least traumatic manner possible. We will, where possible, seek to agree with your spouse’s solicitor the particulars of your divorce petition and the grounds upon which your divorce should proceed to ensure that proceedings begin in a respectful and cooperative manner. We will then deal with the necessary arrangements with regard to your children and financial provision via correspondence, negotiating to strike a deal where possible and, should that fail, fighting for you through litigation and arbitration in order to arrive at the best possible conclusion.
It may be that it is important to have your divorce petition filed rapidly and without warning to your spouse, either in England and Wales or in another country, to maximise the prospect of having your case heard in a favourable legal system. We will help you make that evaluation and, if appropriate, organise your divorce through foreign courts if that will be in your interests.
Furthermore, in the aftermath of the petition you may require an injunction against domestic abuse as additional protection; some form of financial freezing order could also be a necessary measure. If necessary we will handle all of that prior to investigating proceedings and notifying your spouse of your intention to divorce. For more details please refer to our guide to non-molestation orders and occupation orders.
The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.