Divorce and family law

If you are planning cohabitation, marriage or a civil partnership, you should consider potential legal issues if one of you dies or you separate.

 Divorce and family law
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Divorce and family law - overview

If you are planning cohabitation, marriage or a civil partnership, you should consider potential legal issues if one of you dies or you separate.

Grounds for divorce
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Grounds for divorce - overview

Whatever your reasons for divorce, you need to show irretrievable marriage breakdown based on one of five grounds for divorce

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Divorce settlements - overview

Concerns about finances can make divorce even more stressful. Aim to negotiate a divorce settlement that provides for each of you and any dependents.

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Divorce process - overview

What is involved in the divorce process, what you can agree between yourselves and when to involve solicitors and the Family Court

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Divorce and children FAQs

Divorce and children – answers to the most common questions about parents’ rights, childcare arrangements and child maintenance payments

Divorce and family law glossary
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Divorce and family law glossary

Divorce glossary explaining divorce and family law terms in simple English to help you understand the legal jargon used by divorce lawyers

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Divorce FAQs

Divorce FAQs - your questions answered from what you need to prove to get a divorce to how the divorce process works

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Typical divorces

Examples of typical financial settlements in different divorce situations: an average young family, a short marriage, a rich couple, an elderly couple

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Free legal advice

Where to get free legal advice to help you with divorce and family law – and the pitfalls to look out for

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Annulment

The differences between marriage annulment and divorce: ‘void’ and ‘voidable’ marriages and how to apply for a decree of nullity

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Child maintenance

When child maintenance is payable, how much child maintenance should be, making child maintenance arrangements and how to enforce payment

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Child maintenance calculator

This calculator can help you work out how much child maintenance you might be liable to pay if you separate and have children to provide for

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Clean break agreements

How to use a clean break settlement in a divorce to deal with your financial claims against each other once and for all

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Divorce forms

The most common divorce forms used for the divorce, financial settlements and childcare arrangements – what they are and where to find them

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Do you need a divorce lawyer?

Nobody wants to pay unnecessary legal fees, but you also need to ask yourself whether getting divorced without using a lawyer would risk causing serious problems

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How much does a divorce cost?

Divorce costs explained: family court fees, mediation and legal costs, who pays the divorce costs and what help may be available towards your costs

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Separation

The differences between separation, judicial separation and divorce, using a separation agreement and when you might need legal advice

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Spousal maintenance

Understanding when spousal maintenance should be part of a divorce financial settlement. How much, for how long, and when it can be changed

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The Child Maintenance Service

How the Child Maintenance Service works out and helps collect maintenance payments, and what is happening to old Child Support Agency cases