Let Our Experienced Divorce Solicitors Help You
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.
For the top divorce solicitors in Wimbledon, trust the experienced team at Osbourne Pinner. We have worked on all types of family law cases, assisting clients with ending their marriages and delivering satisfactory results.
Our solicitors remain a top choice for Wimbledon divorce law services thanks to our commitment to giving each client dependable legal advice. We help clients understand their situation and their available options, increasing the chance of a favourable outcome. We take pride in winning cases and giving a compassionate touch, which includes a superior level of transparency and honesty, starting with a free legal consultation.
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:
- Adultery – 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.
- 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.
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: