When getting divorced or separating, there are many practical issues to deal with, some of which can be highly complicated. Given that this is likely to be an emotionally challenging time, clear, practical advice and support from a team of friendly experts is essential.
Our divorce lawyers will work closely with you to understand your situation and what you want to achieve now and for the future. We will then guide you through making all of the arrangements you need while avoiding unnecessary conflict, delays and expense.
At Stevens & Bolton, our highly experienced divorce lawyers can help you with:
- Divorce proceedings
- Divorce finances
- Arrangements for children
- Same sex divorce and civil partnership dissolution
- Separation for unmarried couples
We know that most people want their divorce to go ahead as quickly and inexpensively as possible while keeping conflict to a minimum. To that end, we are trained in both mediation and collaborative law meaning we can typically make financial settlements and arrangements for children without the need for court proceedings.
However, we recognise that not all divorces can be resolved amicably and our team have extensive experience representing clients in divorce court where required.
Our typical divorce clients include:
- Medium to high net worth individuals
- International entrepreneurs
- City professionals
- Entertainment industry professionals
- The spouses and partners of the above
Find out how our divorce solicitors in Guildford can help you
We have an online assessment tool that you can use for a quick insight into your legal position and how we can help, as well as allowing you to provide background information so we can be fully prepared with tailored advice for when we meet you.
For sensible and sensitive divorce advice in Guildford, Surrey and the surrounding area, please get in touch with our expert divorce lawyers now.
Our divorce services in Guildford
Initiating and responding to divorce proceedings
Our divorce lawyers in Guildford can provide clear guidance on every stage of the divorce process. We can ensure all necessary documents are completed fully and accurately, as well as making sure any submissions to the court are delivered promptly. This can help your divorce to go ahead smoothly while avoiding unnecessary delays.
We can assist with matters including:
- Preparing and submitting divorce petitions
- Responding to divorce petitions
- Applying for the decree nisi and decree absolute
- Representation for defended divorce proceedings
Separating your finances is often the most technically challenging part of divorce, but this is an area in which our team have exceptional expertise. We regularly handle complex and high value divorce financial matters, with a strong track record of achieving favourable settlements through negotiation between the parties and in court.
Our divorce financial expertise includes:
- Negotiating divorce settlements
- Apply to a court for a consent order to make a voluntary settlement legally binding
- Applying to a court for a divorce financial order
- Applications to vary financial orders
- Enforcing financial orders for divorce
See how we can help with divorce finances.
Arrangements for children
Making arrangements for children during divorce and separation can be highly emotionally charged, so a sensible and sensitive approach is typically required. Our team will always take an approach focused on protecting children’s wellbeing, while also defending the rights of parents. In most cases, these matters can be resolved amicably, which is normally the best outcome both for children and their parents.
Our Guildford divorce solicitors can deal effectively with matters such as:
- Negotiating arrangements for children
- Applying to a court for a child arrangements order
- Specific issues such as schooling and religious education
- Taking children abroad following divorce or separation
See how we can help with arrangements for children.
Same sex marriage and civil partnerships
Same sex couples have to deal with all of the standard issues involved in a divorce or separation, but there can also sometimes be particular issues related to their circumstances, such as concerns about parental responsibility. Our team have experience guiding same sex couples through these matters, so can provide clear, effective support every step of the way.
Our expertise includes:
- Same sex divorce
- Civil partnership dissolution
- Parental responsibility
See how we can help with same sex marriage and civil partnerships.
Legal advice for unmarried couples
Unmarried couples do not have the same rights as those who are married or in a civil partnership and this is something that needs to be carefully considered during separation. In particular, unmarried couples have no rights to each other’s property or assets. Our family lawyers regularly advise unmarried couples of their rights and help to secure positive outcomes during separation.
We can advise on issues including:
- Your rights regarding your family home
- The division of shared assets
- Arrangements for children
- Parental responsibility
See how we can help with legal advice for unmarried couples.
Our divorce fees
The cost of getting divorced is frequently a cause for concern, especially given that there may be uncertainty about your financial situation and you may have limited access to funds until a divorce settlement can be made.
Our divorce solicitors offer a number of flexible options for covering our legal fees and will be happy to clearly set out the likely cost of dealing with your requirements.
We offer fixed-fee divorce services for some parts of the process, such as preparing divorce petitions and individual sessions of mediation. For other matters, we may work according to an hourly rate that will depend on the level of expertise involved.
Where appropriate, we may be able to defer our fees e.g. until you have made a financial settlement.
During your initial consultation with our team, we will discuss your situation and requirements, then provide a realistic estimate of the expected costs.
Why you can rely on our divorce solicitors in Guildford
“What really sets this team apart is their care, attention and empathy with their clients which allows you to feel in control of the process, whilst at the same time being thoroughly supported.”
Having guided individuals and couples through divorce and separation for many years, we can handle even the most complex matters sensitively and effectively. We can provide clear legal guidance and close personal support for every stage of your divorce.
Our expertise has been independently recognised by the leading client guides to the legal profession. We are ranked Tier 1 for Family by the Legal 500 and Band 1 for Family/Matrimonial by Chambers & Partners.
Every member of our Family Law team is a member of Resolution, which is a network of family law specialists committed to removing unnecessary conflict from divorce and other family legal matters.
We also have very strong litigation experience within our team, meaning that we can offer firm and effective legal representation should you need to make an application to a divorce court or to respond to court proceedings initiated by your spouse or partner.
Consult our divorce lawyers in Guildford
For sensible and sensitive divorce advice in Guildford, Surrey and the surrounding area, please get in touch with our expert team now.