At Wayman & Long, we understand that navigating through divorce or separation is one of life's most challenging experiences. Our dedicated divorce solicitors, based in Clare and Sudbury, Suffolk are here to provide compassionate, dedicated representation to guide you through this emotionally and legally challenging process.
Contrary to common belief, divorce is not the only option when it comes to ending a relationship. Our matrimonial team will discuss all of your options including:
Considering mediation before deciding to divorce can be a constructive and compassionate approach to resolving marital challenges. Mediation provides a platform for open communication, allowing couples to express their concerns, needs, and desires in a neutral and supportive environment.
You might want to explore the option of an informal separation agreement, especially on a trial basis where you may even still be living together. This alternative allows couples to address issues and is based on both parties being able to agree about children, property and finances. It’s worth noting that even if you separate informally you will have to inform certain organisations of your new arrangements. These may include your benefits office, HM Revenue and Customs (tax credits) and your local council (housing benefits and council tax).
This is a written agreement between a couple who intend to stop living together. It details financial, property and childcare arrangements. The advantages of the written agreement are that the details are clear and both parties know where they stand. Although the formal separation isn’t legally binding, one or both parties may be questioned by a judge as to why the arrangement wasn’t kept, should the process result in court proceedings.
In cases where divorce is the only alternative, certain legal requirements must be met:
If your situation is straightforward—married with no children and a clear financial separation—you may not require a solicitor. Relevant forms for the Family Court can be downloaded to handle the divorce independently. Nonetheless, consulting one of our expert family lawyers beforehand is highly recommended to ensure you receive the best possible guidance.
If your case is more complex it’s advisable to involve a solicitor, who can clearly explain the options available and best next steps. Here at Wayman and Long we have a proven track record of achieving the very best financial outcomes for our clients, either by negotiation, mediation or through the courts.
It is essential that before the final order on the divorce, matrimonial finances are agreed upon or an application to the court for a financial settlement has been made. This is one of the primary elements of a divorce that requires expert legal advice and guidance.
In addition to helping you navigate a divorce, our team are able to provide expert assistance regarding child contact matters as well as court applications such as for sole occupation of a matrimonial property or non-molestation orders to block unwanted contact.