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Although your relationship may have broken down, divorce is not the only option. While for the majority of couples a divorce is the sensible way to formalise their separation, many decide not to divorce immediately or at all.

Our advice is sensitive and practical to help you to understand the legal consequences of your separation. We will explain the options available to you so that you understand your choices and the ramifications.  We work collaboratively with you to advise a strategy to protect your interests and to minimise the distress that the end of a relationship can bring.

There are often good reasons not to divorce, for example: strongly held religious beliefs, tax planning issues, a wish to separate for a period of two years to enable them to divorce by consent, while others may be unable to divorce immediately because they have not been married for 12 months. We also recognise that a couple may not feel ready to take that final step.

When considering whether to divorce or separate, our team of specialist lawyers will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of each option.  We will listen to your priorities and wishes, and give you legal and practical advice to equip you through a relationship breakdown.

If you have children, we will give you experienced and tailored advice in relation to any issues or disputes that arise.

If you do not want to divorce, but wish to separate your finances, we can help you to agree the terms of a separation agreement setting out the agreed division of the family's assets at the time of separation. We can also obtain a judicial separation from the court which, although bringing to an end your obligations as a spouse, does not terminate the marriage.

We can advise you on all aspects of your separation from your partner, including:

  • Divorce
  • Financial support
  • Property ownership disputes (between cohabitants)
  • The children
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Domestic abuse and harassment
  • Reputation management and privacy


"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"I always think of them as having a Rolls-Royce service but they are particularly good when there's a European element to the case."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Very strong litigation practice, with some of the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow"

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"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.

"They made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Their professionalism kept me sane and focused on the outcome I needed"


"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"All have been excellent and have shown great diligence and practicality, along with sensitivity during a very difficult time in my life"


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Resolving family disputes through mediation, arbitration and private FDRs during the coronavirus crisis

Navigating relationships through the coronavirus crisis

COVID-19: overcoming the challenges of co-parenting for separated and divorced parents

COVID-19 and self-isolation: what to do when the danger is at home

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Reflections on The Split – S2, E5: Sex tapes, bugging and workplace relationships

The ripple effect: the family law consequences of allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – what it means and where it is at now

Practical tips and legal issues to consider when separating from your spouse or partner

‘It takes a lot to persuade a judge to send someone to jail’ – an expert opinion on the Al Zawawi divorce

Owens v Owens: a blow for ‘no fault’ divorce

What happens if a pension sharing order is not passed on after divorce?

Reflections on The Split – Episode 5: Affairs, betrayals and the personal nature of divorce

Reflections on The Split – Episode 3: Behaving badly

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Russell Crowe and the divorce auction - stuff matters

Domestic abuse and controlling & coercive behaviour in an intimate or familial relationship

Skin In The Game – how to get a divorce lawyer invested in you and your case

Top tips for “silver splitters" and those remarrying in later years

Coercive control and its effect on family court cases

Children, divorce, narcissism and parental alienation - the perfect storm

Adultery, blame and divorce - the end is nigh?

No fault divorce – taking the blame out of divorce to reduce conflict and litigation

Comparing family law in Australia v England and Wales – a world apart in more ways than one

What happens to a divorce settlement if a spouse dies during or after divorce proceedings?

Divorce in the digital age - avoiding the pitfalls of social media

Moving counties or countries with children after separation - where to now?

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