Separation does not necessarily involve a formal divorce or an acrimonious split. We specialise in helping couples find alternative ways to separate with less stress or financial complications.
Separation in marriage or civil partnerships
You and your partner may decide to go your separate ways, but do not wish to divorce immediately, or indeed not at all. In these circumstances, there will usually be financial assets, such as a shared home, that will need to be dealt with. You may also need to make arrangements regarding your children.
Any informal and/or verbal agreement reached between you and your partner is not legally binding. So, we can advise you on the drafting of a separation agreement that is! Formalised separation arrangements offer you and your family greater protection for the future. We can also assist you with interim arrangements made via correspondence whilst you make long-term decisions.
Looking to separate soon? Take advantage of our 30-minute free consultation* to discover if we are the right family law first for you. Meet us in central Reading or at our discreet Swallowfield offices. (*T&Cs apply.)
Collaborative law gives you an opportunity to reach an agreement with your former spouse or partner without the need for lengthy court proceedings. For more details, see our Collaborative Law page.
Cultural and religious alternatives to divorce
If for cultural or religious reasons divorce proceedings are not appropriate for you, we can advise you on Judicial Separation proceedings. A Judicial Separation is a court order that allows a couple to remain legally married but to not have normal marital obligations, such as living together, or sharing matrimonial assets. Call us for details.
More about separation
Read more about your options:
- Separation of cohabiting (non-married) partners
- Dissolving a civil partnership
- Same sex marriage and divorce