Solicitors in Essex & London
Our team of specialist family lawyers are recognised in Tier 1 of Legal 500 UK and will ensure you are guided and supported during this difficult process. Our family law team includes members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, accredited Resolution specialists and Collaborative Family Lawyers.
For various reasons, some couples do not wish to commence divorce or dissolution proceedings immediately following the breakdown of their relationship. However, they may still wish to resolve their financial arrangements, either on a short or long-term basis.
In such circumstances, the parties can enter into a separation agreement as an alternative to commencing divorce or dissolution proceedings. Our expert family lawyers have a wealth of experience regarding separation agreements for couples who wish to avoid the stigma of divorce.
A separation agreement usually provides for a divorce or dissolution at some point in the future and, in the interim, records what the parties have agreed regarding their financial arrangements. The agreement can deal with factors such as the sale of the family home, division of the proceeds and payment of maintenance, or can confirm that the parties agree to a full and final settlement.
The benefits of a separation agreement are that the arrangements provided for are usually adhered to by the parties as they have been reached by agreement; it allows both parties to move on financially without having to commence the divorce or dissolution proceedings.
The limitation of a separation agreement is that no splitting of pensions can be implemented until an order is made in the subsequent divorce or dissolution proceedings.
There is a risk that a separation agreement could be overturned in the subsequent divorce or dissolution proceedings. This is because neither party can be prevented from making an application to the court in the proceedings. However, a fair agreement which has been entered into after both parties have received independent legal advice following full disclosure will in most cases be upheld by the court.
We understand that seeing a solicitor for the first time about the breakdown of a marriage or relationship can be daunting. Our experienced team of specialist Tier 1 Legal 500 family law lawyers will guide you through the separation process during a free 30-minute initial consultation* and provide you with some advice upon the best way forward.
Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are currently offering these 30-minute free appointments by telephone and some video calling services. Our offices are also open with comprehensive safety measures in place.
*Free consultations with our family solicitors are only available at our main Essex offices in Brentwood, Hornchurch and Upminster and are not available in cases where proceedings have been issued. Fixed fee appointments are available at Canary Wharf (London) and Leigh-on-Sea (Essex).