Family Law Services
Sadly, many marriages end in divorce. Currently there are two systems in place – the ‘old’ legislation and the ‘new’ no fault divorce law.
If you filed divorce proceedings before 6 April 2022 then your marriage must have irretrievably broken down and you must rely on one of the five facts (adultery, unreasonable behaviour, 2 years’ desertion, 2 years’ separation or 5 years’ separation) for you to obtain a divorce.
Since 6 April 2022 the Applicant to the divorce has to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown only. Such applications can be made by one party or both parties together.
You must be married for 1 year before you can apply for divorce proceedings.
Regardless of the circumstances of your relationship breakdown, O’Donnell Solicitors can provide the legal advice you need to understand your position and options. Our experienced team of divorce lawyers know that deciding to separate or divorce can be extremely distressing, especially where there are children involved. As we specialise in this area, we are not only able to advise you on the law, we are also able to impart practical and emotional advice gained from many years of working in the area of divorce.
If there is an international aspect to your marriage, then you should seek advice immediately so that you are aware of your options as to which jurisdiction you could file your divorce proceedings in.
There are also other options available such as annulment proceedings or judicial separation proceedings if divorce is not an option. There are financial advantages and disadvantages relating to each type of proceedings that we guide you through.
Getting divorced does not result in financial claims being finalised between parties to a marriage.
Divorce can affect inheritance, pension and financial rights, so it is important that you seek specialist legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. Even if you have not yet separated from your partner, seeking legal advice can help you to understand your position so you are informed when you come to making that decision.
Contact our Divorce Solicitors
It’s important to remember that every relationship is different and knowing where you stand from the outset can help to secure your position as you move forward in the divorce process. To speak to our specialist divorce solicitors for initial advice regarding your personal circumstances, please contact us.
Our Family Team is headed by Director and Solicitor, Anthony Jones, alongside Director and Solicitor, Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane. Anthony is an Accredited Specialist of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers and other professionals.
We offer legal advice in the following areas:
Our specialist Family Law team will guide you through the process of divorce, from the initial issuing of divorce proceedings to the final stage of receiving your decree absolute & finalising the divorce.
When it comes to matrimonial finance, either due to separation or divorce, our specialist family law team will be on hand to guide you through the financial claims process step by step.
Our family law solicitors have years of expertise in planning and implementing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, helping you to protect your assets & giving you peace of mind.
Our specialist family law solicitors have experience & in-depth knowledge in advising unmarried couples who are separating & will assess your circumstances to advise you on the best way forward.
Our family law solicitors always put a child’s best interests at the forefront of any legal matters as well as being specialists in dealing with legal matters which involve children
International child abduction is a highly specialist area within family law, and our family law team have a huge amount of experience in this area & regularly act in complex international cases
Our team of family law solicitors are committed to helping our clients, exploring the options available to you and what steps you may wish to take - keeping everything in the strictest confidence.
Our family law solicitors can advise you on how to enforce financial orders if your spouse refuses to comply with an order negotiated by agreements or made by a Judge following a contested hearing
If you have been left out of a will or received very little following a persons death, our specialist family law team will advise you on whether you may have a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975
Our specialist team of family law solicitors will guide you through your divorce, staying mindful of your culture, faith and language to ensure a compliant English Law and Sharia Law divorce