Sometimes things don't turn out the way we planned them to. The prospect of separation can be daunting, but the process can be made easier with the right professional advice.


We are here to guide you through the process, steer you clear of the legal pitfalls and provide confidential support. We will explain the legal process to you, begin the separation action for you and once it is under way, inform you of any developments. If you are at risk from domestic abuse at any stage, we will make it a priority to ensure you and your children are safe.

John W Davies Solicitors Family Law team can also deal with civil partnership cases.

We will explain the process to you, start action for you, and once it's underway, inform you of any developments


You will only be granted a divorce if you can demonstrate that your marriage has suffered an 'irretrievable breakdown'. To do this you must show that your marriage is beyond repair because: 

  • your husband or wife has committed adultery; 

  • your husband or wife's behavior is such that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them; 

  • your husband or wife left you at least two years ago without good reason and refuses to return; 

  • you have been separated from your husband or wife for two years and they agree to the divorce; or 

  • you have been separated from your husband or wife for five years or more.

We can give you more details of each of these sets of circumstances. If a divorce decree is against your religion, we can give you advice about other forms of separation and can use civil action to help you get a religious divorce.


The legal formality of getting a divorce is a relatively straightforward process. What is generally much less straightforward is sorting out the practical issues associated with a divorce, such as where each person will live, who gets what, and arrangements for any children. Before agreeing matters with your husband or wife, it is wise to take advice from us about your rights and the options available to you.


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