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Divorce and Separation

Finding a path through divorce or separation can be upsetting and stressful. At a time of substantial upheaval, you may be worried about what the future holds. Here at Godwins, we’re here to guide you through each stage and support you every step of the way.

Our wealth of experience and a personal touch means we take a bespoke, family orientated approach, offering realistic advice and managing expectations from the outset. Aiming to resolve issues in the most constructive manner, we often encourage the use of mediation and the collaborative approach.

We can signpost you to further support and other relevant third parties, such as family consultants and independent financial advisers. There is an ever-evolving sophisticated suite of options available to couples. We’re here to help you choose which is the most appropriate process for you to resolve your family dispute.

Family Mediation

Collaborative process

Family law arbitration

Children arbitration

Solicitor-led negotiations

Court proceedings

Early neutral evaluation

The way financial matters and claims are dealt with upon a divorce or separation depends on your relationship status. We can help you protect your position with early advice so please do get in touch.

Here are some of the different ways family financial matters can arise:

  • Upon the breakdown of a cohabiting relationship outside of marriage or a civil partnership
  • On divorce
  • On the dissolution of a civil partnership
  • On a judicial separation
  • Where a parent claims from the other parent to meet the needs of the child, or where a child makes a direct claim against a parent

What information will I need?

We would usually need to look at all your financial assets, including your property, your income, your pensions and so on. We can talk you through the information that needs to be provided.

The welfare of your child or children is paramount. We know dealing with any children disputes can be particularly hard and emotionally challenging. We will support you every step of the way with pragmatic and sensitive advice.

We can advise on any of the following issues concerning your child or children, which might arise:

  • Agreeing parenting arrangements out of court by having a parenting plan
  • Deciding how much time the children spend with each parent
  • Applying to the court for the parenting arrangements to be determined, or responding to an application by the other parent
  • Advising grandparents (and other family members) about what rights they have towards grandchildren
  • Disputes over specific issues, for example the choice of school, holiday arrangements or whether the child should have a medical procedure
  • Dealing with what happens if one parent wants to relocate to live abroad with the children after divorce or separation
  • Child maintenance and other financial support for children

Get in touch

From sorting out finances and property matters to issues concerning children; from civil partnerships to constructive negotiations, we can help. Just call us on 01962 841484.


To discuss your options with Sarah, please get in touch via phone or our enquiry form.

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