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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.  

Osbourne Pinner has one of the most distinguished teams of divorce solicitors in Highbury Islington. With an incredible success rate, we are considered to be one of the best UK law firms for divorce cases.

We have a team of solicitors who are highly experienced and have the expertise to deliver consistently solid results and offer expert legal consultation. We believe in complete transparency and confidentiality with our clients, and so we deliver transparent and honest communication that is free of legal jargon. Most importantly, we take great pride in our ability to win cases and protect the rights of our clients.

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Grounds 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:

  1. Adultery – Your partner has cheated on you.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Five years separation without consent – If one party doesn’t agree to the divorce, they must have been separated for at least five years.
  5. Desertion – 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.

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.

The 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…


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.

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.

Our 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. Read more

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. Read more

Child arrangement orders – Get the best outcome from custody battles for you and your children with our expert family lawyers on your side. Read more

Pre-nuptial agreements – Enter into marriage with complete confidence, knowing your money, property and assets are secured. Read more

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

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

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

Grandparents’ rights – We can help you apply for contact with your grandchildren when parents or carers are denying that right. Read more

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

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. Read more

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