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Expert divorce solicitors in Bristol
Divorce is rarely a pleasant experience. When disputes become heated, it’s easy for emotions to take over and conflicts to escalate into costly court battles. But by seeking legal advice early, the challenges faced in separation can be overcome with minimal time and fuss.
At Barcan+Kirby, our specialist team of divorce solicitors work to protect the interests of our clients going through a marriage breakdown.
If you and your partner are considering separation or divorce, our family law solicitors can provide practical advice and legal support, tailored to your needs and circumstances.
What are the grounds for divorce?
In the UK, there are certain grounds on which your divorce must lie in order for you to legally separate. Your grounds for divorce could be one of the following:
Adultery: This is defined as your partner having sexual intercourse with somebody of the opposite sex outside of the marriage and is a valid reason for divorce.
Unreasonable behaviour: If your partner has behaved in a way that has made them intolerable to live with, this is a valid reason to file for divorce. Unreasonable behaviour could mean an addiction to drugs or alcohol, physical violence, threats, verbal abuse or even a refusal to contribute financially to the family home.
Desertion: If your partner has left you without warning or a valid reason, you can claim desertion as your ground for divorce.
If you have lived apart for two years or more and are in agreement, the above grounds won’t apply. If you have lived apart for five years, you will be able to divorce your partner regardless of whether they agree.
Will I have to go to court?
No, not necessarily. If there’s a chance that you and your former partner can resolve your issues amicably, our divorce solicitors will encourage you to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to reach a final agreement.
This could be in the form of collaborative law, a process which involves both parties coming together with their respected solicitors to negotiate a fair outcome. If a refereed discussion is needed, constructive mediation sessions are another alternative to court.
If you’re unable to reach an agreement through ADR, our expert divorce solicitors can provide strategic advice and strong representation throughout court proceedings.
How long will the divorce process take?
How long the divorce process takes depends on your circumstances. For example, a couple with several properties and significant assets might take longer as there are more issues to resolve.
Similarly, if cooperation between both parties is not possible, resolving disputes may add extra time to the process. That’s why seeking advice at an early stage is absolutely essential in saving time as well as costs.
Why choose Barcan+Kirby’s divorce solicitors?
The breakdown of a relationship can be tough. As well as feeling anxious about the future, you may have more immediate concerns, such as the care of your children. That’s why it’s important that you seek advice from a specialist divorce solicitor as soon as possible.
When you instruct a member of our dedicated team, we’ll listen to your situation to gain a detailed understanding of what you are hoping to achieve. That way, you can guarantee that the advice we deliver will reflect your requirements and keep your best interests at heart.
If you’re not eligible for legal aid, we offer a free 30 minute consultation with a legal expert in family law. If more detailed advice is required, each additional 30 minutes costs £50.00 (+VAT), payable at the meeting. We can also tell you about our fixed fee packages.
The divorce process explained
If you're going through divorce or separation, you have several options – including mediation and collaborative law - to help you resolve your dispute. Our simple flowchart will also help you understand the divorce process from start to finish.