Expert Divorce Solicitors
Divorce is not a pleasant thing to happen. Think carefully before you act. However, if that is the only option you are left with Osbourne Pinner can promise you three things:
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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Our 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
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
Our Divorce Services
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.
You can usually avoid going to court hearings if you agree how to split your money and property. If you and your spouse are in total agreement as to the financial arrangements you will still need the court to make the agreement official and binding by making what is called a consent order.
- A Consent Order is a legally binding financial agreement. Parties needs to make sure that this consent order needs to be drafted by a Solicitor.
- This consent order needs to be signed by you and your ex-spouse after you have taken legal advice and both of you need to provide a full disclosure of your assets, property and other finances.
- This consent needs to be reviewed and approved by a judge in a family court.
When two parties cannot agree over money, possessions or property at the end of a marriage they may need to ask the courts to make these decisions for them. It can be a long process and having the right lawyer on hand for it can make it as painless as possible. We always aim to resolve the financial side of divorce through negotiation through correspondence and/or by referring you to a family mediator. If you are able to reach a settlement in this way, you will avoid the necessity of court proceedings which will save you money. We offer a number of services regarding divorce including assisting with the arrangements of financial matters in London.
The first requirement is that both parties file Form E Financial Statements before the FDA. The Form E is a lengthy document and you are required to attach supporting documentation to the form. We have vast experience in completing Form Es and can relieve the burden of completing this form by doing the work for you.
The Form E is intended to provide the parties with a clear picture of each other’s assets and it is not usually possible to reach a financial settlement without going through the process of full and frank financial disclosure.
There is duty for each party to provide full and frank financial disclosure during this process. If you are concerned that your spouse may try to hide assets or that you believe they have not disclosed all of their assets, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can determine the best course of action.
We will assist you in preparing for any hearings and arranging representation for you at the hearings.
Many couples engage in a legal battle to gain the custody of their kids. Such legal battles and disagreements are vexing and stressful for all those involved. If both parents wish to keep the children with them separation, it becomes quite difficult for them to make a decision mutually.
With a professional and experienced lawyer representing you, you have a better chance of winning your cases as your lawyer builds a strong case for you.
We are able to help you with the following applications under the Children Act 1989:
Child Arrangement Order: This order determines where a child is to live and how much time they should spend with each parent. Child Arrangement Orders replaced Residence and Contact Orders.
Special Guardianship Order: Grandparents and other immediate family members usually apply for this order when children are not provided with sufficient care from their parents.
Prohibited Steps Order: Prohibited Steps Orders are often made to prevent children from being removed from the country. This can include an order to prevent the child from leaving the country.
Parental Responsibility Order: We are able to advise all fathers that have been affected as not all fathers are given parental responsibility. This order also gives a non-married father or guardian legal rights and responsibilities to make parental decisions in respect of their children.
Enforcement of Contact: An Enforcement Order may be necessary if a Contact Order is being breached.
Specific Issue Order: When parents are disagreed on a particular aspect of their children’s upbringing i.e. which school the children should go to. They apply for Specific Issue Order.
Father’s Rights: Our Expert team of Child Law Solicitors also Specialise in Defending Father’s Rights. We specialise in advising fathers on what their legal rights are during separation or divorce.
Family courts, in the best interests of the children, recognise the importance of having a grandparent around. Unless the grandparents have a history of being abusive or harmful to children or have a violent criminal record, the family courts will not refuse them access to their grandchildren.
- Your personal history with the child.
- Your criminal record, if any.
- Any aspect which may indicate that you might cause harm to the child
- The content and context of your application.
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What Our Clients Say About Us?
I asked to review my financial settlement. Within a matter of a short time, I got an appointment. My solicitor, was very professional and kind. She even offered me the chance to have a video conference if I was unable to go to the office. I felt comfortable and I was treated with respect. I felt confident in her capabilities. She was warm and put me at ease. The process was made very easy for me. Osbourne Pinner family law team was on top of my brief to them.
Osbourne Pinner’s family law team worked with me tirelessly to put my mind at rest throughout the divorce process. From the outset I felt reassured. I was kept up to date throughout the process. The quality, and detail of the guidance I received was realistic and allowed a high degree of trust to develop very quickly. Without hesitation, I would recommend Osbourne Pinner.Thank you to the whole family team for your professional support during this difficult time of my life.
Osbourne Pinner provided an excellent service. Dealing with a difficult and sensitive issue, over a protracted period of time, they always kept me up to date with the progress (or otherwise) of the complex matters required to reach a satisfactory conclusion. I would be happy to recommend Osbourne Pinner to anyone who needed legal expertise, especially with the kind of issue that involves complex property negotiations in divorce proceedings.