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Divorce Solicitors & Family Law

Here at Ward & Rider Solicitors, we have an experienced team of specialist family law solicitors ready to help you with any problem you may face.

Family law issues are usually very complicated and very personal. Disputes that arise can be very emotionally taxing on all parties so we make it our aim to settle problems in a timely and efficient manner and to stop these disputes from escalating.

The breakdown of relationships can be particularly challenging and different people deal with this life change in different ways. We believe in the importance of presenting legal information and advice to our clients in a straightforward manner to make decision making and getting through this tough time as easy as possible.

Arrangements for children can also be difficult to deal with. Whilst it is hoped that child arrangements can be dealt with amicably without the need for Solicitors, we have an experienced team on hand ready to provide you with expert advice. Our Solicitors have extensive knowledge of dealing with the most serious of child arrangements where serious safeguarding concerns are raised and/or there are jurisdiction issues.

Our lawyers also recognise that domestic violence and abuse may play a part in your case. Our lawyers are specially trained in working with domestic violence cases and they will advance the strongest possible case on your behalf.

We can also speak your language! We have expert lawyers that can speak to you in a number of different languages including Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

What Ward & Rider’s Family Law Team Can Help With

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Money & Property Division (including Dowery)
  • Cohabitee and Property Rights
  • Civil Partnership Issues
  • Child Arrangements
  • Domestic Violence and Injunctions

Why Choose Ward & Rider?

Our carefully selected family team of lawyers and support staff combine expertise and diligence together with a manner which enables each client to feel relaxed and reassured.

We recognise that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not appropriate in matters of family law. Our advice will always be specific to you and with all the facts taken into account.

If you are facing a divorce, separation or any other family law issue, our family lawyers are ready to help.

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Our Divorce Solicitors & Family Law team

Find out more about some of our Divorce Solicitors & Family Law team. We have legal experts all over the UK who can help.

Melanie Davis

Solicitor and Acting Head of the Family Department

David Lee

Family Solicitor

Divorce Solicitors & Family Law FAQs

The first stage to obtaining a divorce is to check you can under the law, based upon an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage before you apply. To discuss your circumstances and the options open to you please contact our team.

We are able to provide you with clear estimates of the cost of representation at the outset of your matter, and will keep you updated of the costs throughout the process.

Every divorce is different but on average a divorce can take between 6 and 8 months, however, if there are financial issues or other complications arising from a party being uncooperative it could take longer.

Mediation is a common way for spouses to come up with a divorce settlement together with the help of a third party. Less expensive than a court trial, a mediator isn’t bought in to make decisions for you, instead, they facilitate you and your spouse making arrangements for practicalities following your divorce, including child arrangements and division of assets. The core benefit of mediation is that it leaves you to agree together, and communicate what you both feel is an appropriate divorce settlement, as opposed to a court forcing a decision upon you.

An irretrievable breakdown of a marriage is the only way in law in England under which a couple can qualify for a divorce. There are 5 ways in which an irretrievable breakdown can be demonstrated to the courts, these are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation (with consent- so you both agree to a divorce) and a 5-year separation (no-consent, see below).

Need a Divorce Solicitors & Family Law solicitor?

Get in touch with Ward & Rider Solicitors today to speak to one of our expert solicitors, or to book a consultation.