Divorce Lawyers in Hertfordshire & Luton

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Leading experts in divorce, separation & family law

Divorce can be a highly emotional and distressing time in an individual’s life, and without quality legal advice, can often lead to devastating personal and financial impacts on you and your family.  

Let us help make this difficult period easier for you.

At Taylor Walton, we have handpicked some of the most experienced and widely accredited divorce lawyers and family solicitors in Hertfordshire & Luton. From our offices in Harpenden, St. Albans and Luton, our team of highly qualified divorce lawyers can offer you legal advice and support on all matters relating to divorce and separation, including on sensitive issues such as domestic violence and arrangements involving children. 

We believe our divorce lawyers' interpersonal approach sets us apart from other legal firms. We take the time to really get to know each of our clients' circumstances and history in order to help them reach a settlement that looks after their best interests. Our legal advice is pragmatic and no-nonsense, giving you the confidence to make informed decisions for your future, whether it be for your finances, children or anything else.

Our Testimonials

Ben Twitchen is an exceptional solicitor. Ben’s bedside manner and reassuring demeanour were greatly appreciated during a very drawn-out and convoluted case, and his intelligent approach, maven-like insight, and confidence under pressure were absolutely critical to getting the results required. Where financing became an issue, Ben was able to find solutions.’ 

Will Mercer is solution focused, knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. He provides his clients with good, practical advice and thinks outside the box. He is efficient and effective in achieving successful outcomes. He always adopts a constructive and sensible approach, and encourages his clients to be child focused.’ 

Olive McCarthy has been amazing through my long acrimonious divorce. Calm, clear, empathic, bright, compassionate and always 100% on the ball.’ 

‘Well organised, professional and got the job done, always kept up to date.’ 

"All the staff at the practice are very approachable, helpful and knowledgeable." - Legal 500

Why choose Taylor Walton divorce lawyers?

Widely experienced and knowledgeable in divorce law. We have helped thousands of families take back control of their lives with our unmatched legal expertise. Our team have shared decades of experience working on a wide range of divorce cases; therefore, you can be assured that you are in safe hands when using one of our divorce solicitors.  

Quality legal advice with no jargon. Our divorce solicitors provide clear and concise legal advice free of unnecessary and complicated legal jargon, ensuring that you fully understand what to expect from the divorce legal process and can make informed decisions for both you and your family.   

A service that is ethical and trustworthy. All our divorce solicitors are members of Resolution – an organisation committed to resolving family legal issues in a non-confrontational way. This means that you can trust us to always advocate for the least conflicting and stress-inducing option when it comes to your family. Find out more about Resolution’s membership code and conduct policy here.    

Consistent communication throughout the process. Our divorce solicitors will keep you in the loop regarding how your case is progressing and offer support if your divorce case does go to court.  

Will find a solution that suits both you and your family. We know that every family and couple are different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to legal decisions and outcomes. Our divorce solicitors will work hard to reach a solution for your family that works in your best interests.    

Competitively priced. We frequently review the pricing of other divorce solicitors' firms so that our rates always remain competitive. In our first consultation we will be transparent about our divorce solicitors’ fees and can work with you to design a bespoke legal package that suits your requirements and budget. 

Where we are based

Our divorce lawyers and family solicitors have two offices based in the Hertfordshire area (Harpenden & St. Albans) and one in Luton, Bedfordshire.

If you wish to get in touch with one of our specific offices, visit our Contact page for more details.

Some of the divorce and separation issues that we can advise on include:

  • Division of financial assets 
  • Collaborative law 
  • Child custody arrangements 
  • Child maintenance plans 
  • Separation of unmarried couples 
  • Alternative Resolution 
  • Domestic violence & abuse 
  • International family law 
  • Prenuptial & postnuptial agreements 

Our approach to divorce matters

We believe our divorce lawyers are different because we understand firsthand that not every divorce or separation case is the same. When you use the services of a Taylor Walton divorce lawyer, you can be assured that we will treat your case as individual, and will work with you to find the best possible solution that suits your unique needs. 

No case is too difficult or complex for us – in fact, our divorce lawyers in Hertfordshire and Luton have between them decades of experience working on hundreds of divorce cases with people of all genders, sexualities, religions and ethnicities.

If you wish to find out more about our services and how we can help you, we offer discreet and confidential consultations both in-person or via phone and Microsoft Teams/Zoom/Skype at a time and place that suits you. Ring our office directly on 01582 765111 or fill in the contact form above if you wish for us to ring you back directly. 

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What our divorce lawyers offer you

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need a divorce lawyer?

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may be wondering whether you need a divorce lawyer in the first place. 

No one wants to pay hefty divorce fees, and if both parties can come to an agreement between themselves on specific legal issues (such as child custody and maintenance payments, division of financial assets etc.) then they can always apply for an uncontested divorce. 

However, in most cases we would advise (even for uncontested divorce) that you seek legal advice to ensure that your application is reviewed, as a legal professional will ensure the likelihood of it being accepted by the UK courts and decide if the agreement is fair to both parties involved.  

If there are significant financial assets at stake or both parties are highly acrimonious towards each other (especially with couples who share children) then a family solicitor may be necessary to handle paperwork, explain the divorce process and negotiate with the other spouse and their solicitors. 

What is 'no fault' divorce?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2020, which introduced ‘no-fault’ divorces in England and Wales, came into effect on 6th April 2022. 

This eradicated the need to prove that a marriage had irretrievably broken down based on one of four grounds - which were historically adultery, unreasonable behaviour, long term separation and desertion - in order to be granted a divorce. The law was passed in order to remove unnecessary conflict and stress on former couples so that more important issues - such as childcare and financial arrangements - could become the primary focus. 

Importantly, this law also stops one partner from vindictively refusing their spouse a divorce, which can often be seen in domestic abusers who try to trap their victim in an unhappy marriage.

If you need assistance in understanding or navigating the new no fault divorce, speak to one of our divorce solicitors in Luton today.

What are the grounds for divorce?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2020, which introduced ‘no-fault’ divorces in England and Wales, came into effect on 6th April 2022. 

This eradicated the need to prove that a marriage had irretrievably broken down based on one of four grounds - which were historically adultery, unreasonable behaviour, long term separation and desertion - in order to be granted a divorce. The law was passed in order to remove unnecessary conflict and stress on former couples so that more important issues - such as childcare and financial arrangements - could become the primary focus. 

Importantly, this law also stops one partner from vindictively refusing their spouse a divorce, which can often be seen in domestic abusers who try to trap their victim in an unhappy marriage. 

To help navigate you through the new no-fault divorce, get in touch with one of our divorce lawyers today.

Does getting a divorce lawyer make the process more hostile?

We understand that some individuals may be concerned that hiring a divorce lawyer will result in being taken advantage of, and processes becoming more hostile and drawn out than necessary so that the divorce solicitor can charge higher legal fees.  

At Taylor Walton, all our divorce lawyers in Hertfordshire and Luton are members of Resolution – an organisation of family justice professionals committed to resolving family law issues in a constructive, non-confrontational way. Therefore, you can be assured that your best interests are always at the heart of what we do and that our code of conduct is professional and ethical. 

Involving family solicitors in your divorce proceedings does not need to be hostile – in fact, our clients often report that hiring our divorce lawyer services made the process calmer and run more smoothly for them. 

How do I get divorced?

The five key stages to divorce in the UK are as follows: 

  1. Decide on the reason for obtaining a divorce (see ‘What are the grounds for getting a divorce?’) 
  2. Complete a divorce petition 
  3. Submit the divorce petition and fee to a divorce centre either online or via post 
  4. Once the petition has been acknowledged by your spouse, then you must apply for a decree nisi 
  5. Six weeks after obtaining a decree nisi, you must apply for a decree absolute. 

However, applying for a divorce does not automatically resolve financial matters or decisions involving children – this will need to be arranged separately in a settlement (a legally binding decision). 

How quickly can I get divorced?

This will depend on a variety of factors, such as the length of the marriage, financial assets shared (such as housing, businesses, inheritances, pensions etc.) and how much each party agrees with each other regarding these terms.  

If the marriage was short-lived, there are no financial assets shared or each party agrees to the same terms, getting a divorce legally finalised can take as little as 4 to 6 months. However, in the UK the average time it usually takes to finalise a divorce is one year.  

I am in a same-sex marriage or civil partnership; does this make a difference to how we divorce?

The process for ending a same-sex marriage or civil union is the same for ending a heterosexual marriage bar one exception – you cannot use adultery as a reason for the divorce filing.  

What do I do if my ex-spouse is violent?

Protection from a violent spouse can be obtained through family court, including restraint orders and orders restricting the violent spouse from approaching the family home.  

If you ever feel that your life is in danger or under threat from a violent spouse, we urge you to call 999 as your first course of action. 

Does my spouse have to agree to the divorce?

Whilst it is preferable for both parties to cooperate, if your spouse is refusing to acknowledge a divorce petition or agree to a divorce, there are solutions to go ahead with the divorce without their consent. 

If there is no cooperation from them, then you have the option of issuing an unreasonable behaviour petition and getting them personally served. However, if they do not respond to this, you can proceed whether they choose to engage or not. 

What do I do if my spouse refuses to agree to the divorce?

If your spouse refuses to agree to the divorce, there are still options available for you to still proceed, however it relies on the grounds you submitted as the reason for the divorce. 

If you cited unreasonable behaviour, 5-year separation or desertion, then you can proceed with the divorce without their consent – providing that you can show evidence that they have been notified of the divorce proceedings beforehand. 

However, this changes if you are basing your divorce grounds on adultery or a 2-year separation, as for these reasons the court will need express consent/admission to an affair and the return of an Acknowledgement of Service to the court to proceed.  

If you are unable to get these from your spouse, then you will need to change your reason for petition to continue with the divorce proceedings. 

Can I get legal aid for divorce?

Legal aid is only available to specific cases, such as marriages where there was domestic abuse or child welfare issues. If social services were ever involved, this can help your case for getting legal aid. 

Find a legal aid advisor on the UK government website here. 

Do both parties have to pay for a divorce?

Usually both parties will be liable for their own legal costs - in exception to the court fee (currently around £593) which is often paid for by the individual filing the petition to divorce. 

However, if the divorce petition is based on unreasonable behaviour or adultery, it is possible to make an application where the party at fault pays all the legal costs. The usual course of action, however, is for all divorce costs to be split between the two parties.  

Do note however that these costs only apply to divorce proceedings – other legal arrangements, such as division of assets or child custody and maintenance agreements, will have to be organised separately, and will have their own unique costs. 

Will I have to go to divorce court?

If both parties cannot reach an agreement through mediation or collaborative law methods, then court intervention may be necessary. However, if you and your spouse can amicably come to agreements about financial settlements and any shared children, then you can usually avoid court hearings altogether. 

Prior to the court stage, however, your solicitors will usually attempt other methods to help you and your spouse come to an agreement, such as mediation, arbitration or collaborative law practices.  

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative law is a legal practice that enables couples to work with specially trained collaborative lawyers in order to avoid having to lash out the issues in court and achieve a settlement that best meets the needs of both parties and their children.  

The voluntary process is initiated when the couple signs a contract (also known as a participation agreement) that binds each other to the process and disqualifies their respective lawyer's right to represent either one in any future family-related litigation. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Taylor Walton’s collaborative divorce service, speak to one of our team today for a free and confidential consultation. 

About Taylor Walton

“Taylor Walton are recognised not only among the top 200 law firms and lawyers in England and Wales, but also as the firm that provides the best service in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire areas”

‘The Times’ in co-operation with ‘Statista’

 

Taylor Walton is one of Hertfordshire’s leading law firms. Since opening our doors in 2007, we have helped thousands of businesses and individuals resolve and manage their legal issues, including as acting advisors to FTSE 350 companies, public and private sector organisations, charities and high-net worth individuals.

From our offices in Luton, St Albans and Harpenden, we offer a wide range of legal services, from corporate litigation and residential conveyancing to private client and divorce law.

We have a ‘people first’ approach that allows us to understand and connect with the businesses and individuals that we work with, and many of our clients have worked with us on a long-term basis due to our high quality and diverse service offerings. Read more about Taylor Walton here.

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