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When you’re looking for assistance with family matters, you only want to work with the best. At Osbourne Pinner, that’s what we’re committed to offering. Our law firm combines experience working with all kinds of family law cases plus expertise across the board when it comes to Divorce, Child Arrangements and Financial Settlements.

Exceptionally high success rate and countless testimonials from previous and existing clients. We’ll always work to get the best possible outcome from your case.

Whether you’re considering divorce, or you need to respond to a divorce petition, Osbourne Pinner will add the experience and expertise you need to get things moving. We assist clients throughout the divorce process – from grounds for divorce through to settlement and custody – working towards the best outcome every step of the way.


The end of a marriage is never easy, with emotions inevitably running high. But while difficult, the divorce process is critical to your life moving forward. That’s why it’s vital to have specialist divorce solicitors on your side.

Whether you’re considering divorce, or you need to respond to a divorce petition, Osbourne Pinner will add the experience and expertise you need to get things moving. We assist clients throughout the divorce process – from grounds for divorce through to settlement and custody – working towards the best outcome every step of the way.


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    for divorce

    Grounds for divorce is the first hurdle to end any marriage. Why exactly are you choosing to end your marriage? Broadly speaking, there is only one ground – which is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.

    However, the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage has to be backed up by one of five issues:


    Your partner has cheated on you.

    Unreasonable behaviour

    Actually the most common ground for divorce, unreasonable behaviour is anything that can show that your partner has become intolerable to live with. It can range from a lack of support or family disputes to financial recklessness or domestic abuse.

    Two years separation with consent

    If both parties agree to the divorce, they can use two years of separation (living apart) as grounds for their divorce.

    Five years separation without consent

    If one party doesn’t agree to the divorce, they must have been separated for at least five years.


    The least common ground for divorce, desertion refers to a partner leaving the family home and cutting ties for at least two years – but still won’t consent to a divorce. However, given that you will need to prove that you didn’t want to the relationship to end, it’s often easier to use unreasonable behaviour as the ground for divorce.

    It’s important to note that none of these grounds apply unless you have been married for at least a year. Also, you cannot use your own adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion as grounds for divorce.


    and domestic abuse

    While it’s a clear ground for divorce, domestic abuse can also occur as a result of the divorce proceedings. Partners may become angry about the whole situation or make threats about property and children. Whatever the case, we’ll provide the support and advice you need through this difficult time.

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    divorce process

    While you might want to take action straight away, divorce is a lengthy process. Within that, there are several steps to take. Our expert divorce solicitors will give you the information, support and assistance at every step of the journey

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    The first step in the divorce process is a consultation with a divorce solicitor. An experienced, qualified member of the team at Osbourne Pinner will discuss the reasons for the breakdown of your relationship in a safe, confidential environment. You will be asked to provide details of the date of your separation, your family situation and your finances.

    Within the consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you have about the process. Our divorce solicitors can advise you on the next steps and the best course of action given the circumstances, including your rights when it comes to children and finances.


    All of the information gathered in the consultation will be used to prepare a divorce petition to submit to court. Your original marriage certificate will also be required to issue the divorce petition.

    The petition will then need to be signed by the respondent (your ex-partner) once they receive it. They can choose to agree, defend or ignore the petition.

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    Further applications

    After the petition has been completed and processed, there are two more applications to make for the divorce:

    • Decree nisi – A provisional decree of divorce which is provided once the court is satisfied you have met the requirements.

    • Decree absolute – This brings your marriage to an end and replaces your marriage certificate. An application for the decree absolute will be submitted to the court six weeks and one day after the pronouncement of the nisi.


    Areas of Expertise

    No two families are the same. That extends to the complex issues faced by those families – emotionally, financially and legally. To deal with family law, you need legal assistance that’s tailored to you. That’s exactly what we provide at Osbourne Pinner, starting with six key areas of family law:

    Divorce Consent

    We’ll work towards an agreement for the division of money, property and other assets in a divorce case.

    Divorce Financial Settlement

    If an agreement can’t be made, we can assist in the mediation process or even the court process to reach a settlement.

    Child Arrangement Orders

    Get the best outcome from custody battles for you and your children with our expert family lawyers on your side...

    Pre-nuptial Agreements

    Enter into marriage with complete confidence, knowing your money, property and assets are secured...

    Post-nuptial Agreements

    Add security and reassurance after your marriage with a post-nuptial agreement for money, property or assets...

    Cohabitation Agreement

    Create a cohabitation agreement for the division of property or get expert help on your side in any separation disputes...

    Civil Partnership

    Whether it’s pre-nuptials, property disputes or separation, our family law solicitors can help with all legal aspects of civil partnerships...

    Grandparents’ Rights

    We can help you apply for contact with your grandchildren when parents or carers are denying that right...


    Make sure everything is above board and legally binding in your surrogacy agreement for complete peace of mind...

    Abusive Relationships

    We’ll provide the support and protection you need to get you or a loved one out of an abusive relationship for good...


    dissolution and separation

    The dissolution of a marriage involves a lot of emotions. But it’s also a process that can have a big impact on your future. That’s why it’s essential to have the support and expertise of family law firm on your side.

    If you’re considering a divorce or need to respond to a divorce petition, Osbourne Pinner is here to help. Our team of top family law solicitors near you can provide sage advice and assistance to guide you through the very difficult situation of ending your marriage.

    We’ve helped countless clients through the difficult and sometimes lengthy process. So much so that we know the process and all of its steps like the back of our hand. But that’s not all. Crucially, we also understand the challenges and emotions you’re going through, meaning we can provide compassionate support along the way.


    couple & consent order

    Consent orders are legally ratified agreements made between a divorcing couple setting out how their money, property and other assets will be divided once their marriage officially ends. They commonly also include such important family financial matters as spousal maintenance and child support.

    Needless to say, it’s important that you are well represented in these negotiations. Any shortcomings or ambiguity could see you left short financially or otherwise – both short- and long-term.

    Osbourne Pinner’s expert family law solicitors will oversee the entire consent process, ensuring you get a fair deal in the divorce and moving forward.


    And financial settlement

    A key factor in any divorce is the division of assets. Whether it’s money, possessions or property, everything has to be divided between the two parties appropriately. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always go to plan. Maybe you feel like you’re entitled to more than half? Or perhaps your partner wants more and you disagree?

    If two parties can’t agree of their financial settlement, the last resort is to allow the courts to make the decision. Having a family law solicitor on hand can make things as painless as possible. It will also ensure you get the best deal possible, even when it’s down to the court to decide.

    However, we know how lengthy and costly this process can be. Not to mention the worry that clients have about letting the court decide their future. That’s why we do our utmost to help you reach an agreement before the court is necessary. Our top local family lawyers will assist in negotiation, correspondence and even referral to a family mediator, which could save you a lot of time and money compared to the court route.


    arrangement order solicitors

    Far more important than assets are children involved in a divorce. The first priority for almost every parent is to make sure they have fair child arrangements. Unfortunately, many couples disagree on this matter – with some even battling for full custody on both sides.

    These legal battles can be vexing and stressful for all those involved. Wherever possible, we’ll work to mediate, correspond and negotiate to make court the last resort. However, many couples opt for litigation, leaving a court to decide who gets custody of the children and define the terms of custody.

    Whether you want full custody, shared custody or just to ensure visitation rights, we’ll work with you to make your case as strong as it can be. With a professional and experienced family lawyer representing you, you’ll have the best possible chance of winning your case.


    Arrange a Consultation

    Don’t leave yourself in the dark about family law. Our central London team can answer any of your questions and give you a better idea of the next steps to resolve your case.


    Pre-nuptial agreements

    When you’re planning to enter into a marriage or civil partnership, you have the option of a pre-nuptial agreement. In simple terms, this states what would happen to your money and property – and that of your partner – should the marriage or civil partnership end.

    Also known as a prenup or pre-marital agreement, it’s a simple way of adding security and reassurance to your marriage, as nobody ever knows what’s around the corner. However, pre-nuptial agreements aren’t strictly binding in the UK. Technically speaking, it’s not possible to have a fully binding agreement about the situation of divorce or dissolution before entering a marriage or civil partnership.

    That said, pre-nuptial agreements will usually be respected by the court, unless the effect of the agreement would be unfair. In this case, it’s possible that the court might uphold part of an agreement while considering a different part to have an unfair effect.

    The specialist family lawyers at Osbourne Pinner will work with you to come to a fair agreement that’s most likely to be upheld in court, giving you complete peace of mind before your marriage.


    Post-nuptial agreement

    Also known as a postnup or post-marital agreement, a post nuptial agreement is designed to deal with the same situation as a pre-nup. In other words, deciding what should happen to each partner’s assets after divorce. However, unlike a pre-nuptial agreement, which is agreed before a couple is married, a post-nuptial agreement is entered into by the couple during their marriage.

    Again, post nuptial agreements are not strictly binding in the UK, but it is likely that a post-nuptial agreement will be respected by the court unless the effect of the agreement would be unfair.

    With Osbourne Pinner’s time-served family lawyers on your side, you and your partner can agree on a post-nuptial that’s fair, water-tight and as likely as possible to be upheld in court.


    Osbourne Pinner?

    Whether it’s child arrangements, financial agreements or grandparents’ rights, family law is hugely important for you and everyone involved. It’s understandable that you only want to work with the best family law solicitors London has to offer.

    Osbourne Pinner provides exactly that, with a professional team of family law lawyers and over 15 years of experience. As top family law solicitors in London, we pride ourselves on complete confidentiality, fully transparent fees and most importantly an exceptionally high success rate.

    Put simply, our results-driven team combine experience, expertise and a passion for success to help our clients towards a positive outcome. You can the best results, the fastest possible turnaround and peace of mind throughout the process.


    Transparent Fees For Divorce Services

    Free consultation: We offer a 30-minute free consultation.

    Fixed fees areas: We can offer fixed fees in the following areas:

    • Divorce Petition (Uncontested) acting for the petitioner £950 plus VAT plus court fee

    • Divorce Petition (Uncontested) acting for the respondent £750 plus VAT

    Hourly Charges

    Where our fees are calculated on an hourly basis, the following hourly charge rates will apply:

    • Senior family solicitors and legal executives £200 to £220 plus VAT

    If you would like more information about our fixed fee on our family services contact our expert family solicitors on 0203 980 9348  or get in touch with us through our online enquiry form.


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    • A dedicated team providing a professional and personal service

    • Specialists in complex Divorce & Financial settlement cases

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