Going through a separation is never easy and can be extremely stressful and upsetting in some cases. At Prentice Family Law we endeavour to make your separation as straightforward as possible, doing whatever we can to achieve the results that you desire. We can help with a variety of issues surrounding separation, so do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team to ask for advice. Our divorce solicitors in Guildford can explain the complexities of legal separations, as well as answer any questions that you may have. Our team are incredibly professional at what they do, providing an empathetic ear to truly understand your individual situation and representing you both in and out of court to the best of their ability.

What is considered as grounds for a divorce?

In some circumstances people are not always sure whether they are able to legally separate or not. Explaining your situation to one of our divorce solicitors in Guildford will enable you to find out more about the separation process in general. You will be able to ask any questions that you have and they will be able to explain the five main reasons that permit someone to file for separation. If your partner has committed adultery and admitted to it then this is a valid reason to become legally separated, and in the situation where your partner has committed adultery but refuses to admit it you can file for separation because it is deemed as unreasonable for you to be expected to continue living in the same house or to try and work through your problems. This reason can be used for a multitude of other things in which your partner has displayed behaviours that make them unreasonable to live with, such as domestic violence. Desertion is another valid reason to file for separation but is rarely used, and amongst the most common reasons to get a separation is when you have not been living with your partner for over two years and you both wish to get a divorce. If your partner refuses to agree to getting a separation you can still file for separation after five years of not living with them, even if they still do not agree with it.

A court appearance is not always necessary

A lot of people are reluctant to seek legal advice when they are going through a separation because they are worried about having to appear in court, or worried about their ex-partner or children needing to appear in court. When our divorce solicitors in Guildford represent you it will not always be necessary for you to have to appear in court, as they will do whatever they can to resolve matters outside of the courtroom. Arrangements surrounding any children that you may have will be made through mediation before going to a courtroom if complications arise, as mediation gives you, your ex-partner and any children you have an opportunity to speak freely about how you all wish to resolve things with your legal advisors there, but outside of a court.