Many couples thinking about ending their marriage or dissolving a civil partnership prefer to opt for a trial period involving informal separation, which can be less emotionally upsetting – as well as less traumatic for children if their parents are living apart, rather than divorcing immediately.
With an informal separation, there are many factors which need to be considered, however – especially if there are other parties involved in the separation, such as a new partner and/or stepchildren.
It is advisable to contact a specialist divorce solicitor like Duncan Lewis as soon as possible, as even with an informal separation, there will be financial issues to consider – including advising various bodies about your separation, such as:
It is not necessary to go to court with an informal separation, but agreement over division of property, maintenance and child contact and residence should be placed on a formal footing via a divorce solicitor.
An informal separation can still be emotionally harrowing for couples and families – and a divorce solicitor can help the parties to focus on the practicalities and ensure that finances and property are protected.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors have a highly successful family law department – and can also advise on informal separation where there has been domestic violence or child abuse within a marriage or civil partnership.
In cases of informal separation where children are involved, although a court hearing is not always necessary, the courts will act in the best interests of any children and Duncan Lewis has an expert legal team able to advise on child care matters and custody agreements.
Duncan Lewis advises on divorce under UK law and Islamic law – and has considerable expertise in international divorce and dissolving a civil partnership where one party may not have British citizenship.
If informal separation leads to divorce – whether contested or not – or an informal separation results in a dispute between the parties, Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors swill be able to advise on any action that can be taken to resolve the dispute, including offering lawyers supported family mediation services.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors offer an initial client meeting with a fixed fee for divorce cases and civil partnership dissolution involving an informal separation.
Once the details of a case have been assessed it is usually possible to offer a further fixed fee scale if a couple decides to make their separation formal or wishes to file for divorce or dissolve a civil partnership.
Duncan Lewis will advise clients will be advised of any fees in advance.
Duncan Lewis advises clients considering an informal separation to get in touch as soon as possible for an assessment of their case – pre-planning can help make the stress of separating from a spouse or civil partner much easier to cope with once there is a legal representative in place and fully appraised of the case for when you decide to separate from your spouse or partner formally with a view to divorcing or dissolving your civil partnership.
For expert legal advice on Informal Separation and family law, call Duncan Lewis Divorce Solicitors in confidence on 020 7923 4020.