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Divorce Solicitors

Divorce Solicitors based in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham delivering advice in London and Nationwide

Dealing with a divorce can be distressing and drawn out. The most stressful parts of divorce are usually discussion about dividing possessions and money, deciding on housing, and making arrangements for any children. Often decisions and agreements reached at the beginning of the divorce process can change over time, which can cause conflict.

 

Our team of divorce solicitors are part of one of the largest family law teams in the north of England. The team are accredited in the Legal 500 as one of the top family law firms in the country. They are accredited by Resolution and the Law Society, and have many positive client reviews, earning them a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on Review Solicitors.

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Specialist Divorce Advice You Can Trust

Remember, a divorce solicitor does more than just handle paperwork during the divorce process. We are with you throughout the entire process, providing invaluable divorce advice and professional and emotional support.

We understand that contacting a divorce solicitor can be worrying, but our team is approachable and easy to talk to. You can find a number of client reviews on our Review Solicitors profile. Remember, we are on your side and can help you rebuild for the future.

No Fault Divorce

in 2022, no fault divorce came into effect in Uk divorce law. Since then, separated couples can apply for a divorce without assigning blame for the marriage breakdown. The benefits of no fault divorce is:

It removes the ‘blame game’

Couples can now divorce if the marriage has broken down, without having to assign one of the 5 reasons. Removing the blame game can remove the likelihood of complex, long legal battles in court.

Couples can apply for divorce together 

Either one person or both partners jointly can now make the divorce application.

You can no longer contest a divorce

No fault divorce will prevent one spouse from contesting the decision simply because they disagree with the reasons. Only under extremely limited circumstances can individuals contest a divorce.

The divorce process may be quicker

Couples will no longer have to wait 2 years to obtain a divorce as they did previously.

Better for families with children

It helps approach divorce related issues, like child arrangements and finances, more positively. Nobody is blaming the other for the breakdown of the marriage, reducing conflict.

Read more in our advice guide No Fault Divorce – UK Divorce Law Changes Explained.

Fixed Fee Divorce

A fixed fee divorce is just like any other divorce process, however you know the cost upfront. Dealing with a divorce can be distressing and drawn out, and money worries can only add to the stress. Having a clear idea of the cost of divorce upfront can help remove some of the financial worries. This is why we offer an affordable fixed fee divorce package to give you peace of mind over costs.

We offer high-quality divorce advice at much lower costs than most family law firms, especially in southern England.

Starting a Divorce Proceeding

If you’re starting divorce proceedings against your spouse, this means you’re the applicant. You will be responsible for completing and submitting the divorce application, which we can do on your behalf. Our fees for divorce proceedings start at £399 + VAT (£79.80), plus Court fees.

These do not include costs to resolve any matters to do with finances, assets or children.

Responding to a Divorce

If your spouse has issued divorce proceedings against you, this means you’re the respondent. We will send you the completed divorce application once the court issues it. Our fees for divorce proceedings start at £275 + VAT (£55). You do no pay the court fee if you are the respondent.

Divorce Financial Settlements

Divorce brings marriage to a legal end in England & Wales but it does not end the financial commitments between the couple. To end financial obligations and protect your finances after divorce, you need a financial consent order or a clean break order. This will ensure each person’s financial affairs are completely separated from each other free from claim in future.

Formally resolving financial issues is vital for your future and the future of your children. Our specialist team of divorce solicitors are experts in achieving fair financial settlements and dealing with uncooperative spouses.

Child Custody

A divorce will legally end the marriage, however you will still need to deal with any child custody arrangements. Many families manage this amicably however others need assistance from solicitors. Our divorce solicitors can help decide where any children will live, who they can visit and when, arrangements with schooling and any arrangements if one of the parents move away.

Child Maintenance

Under UK law, both parents are responsible for the living costs of their children. Child maintenance is an agreement between parents to provide financial support for their children after divorce. In family law, child maintenance is not arranged as part of the divorce process, therefore you will need to address the financial needs of your children and determine how to meet them separately.

Our divorce solicitors can help you determine how much you or your ex-partner should pay for child support. They can also provide guidance on creating or modifying agreements, as well as offer advice if payments have ceased.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

The average time it takes to get a divorce is around eight to ten months. However, the process can take longer, depending on the circumstances. To get a more realistic idea, it’s best to consult a divorce solicitor.

Our Divorce Solicitors

Our Divorce Solicitors represent clients in:

The divorce team offer a free 30-minute consultation on your first visit, which can be made face-to-face, on the phone or virtually.

Contact us or call us on 0114 2496666 to book your free appointment today.

Services Provided by our Divorce Solicitors in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, London and Nationwide

Our divorce solicitors cover the full spectrum of divorce cases, including:

Contact us or call us on 0114 2496666 to book your free appointment today.

 

How Much Does Divorce Cost?

Our divorce solicitors offer transparent and affordable prices to suit all financial circumstances. You will always be kept up to date with costs and they offer fixed fees for most areas, so you are always in full control. Our affordable and fixed fee services are designed to give you peace of mind over costs at what can be a stressful time.

Fixed Fee Divorce

Divorce proceedings (as Applicant)

£399 + VAT (£79.80) + Court fees (£593) and any other disbursements such as if there is need for a translation of your marriage certificate = Total £1,071.80 + disbursements

What is covered?

Advising you in the office, preparing the divorce papers, an initial letter to your spouse or their solicitor, checking the acknowledgment of service form filed by your spouse, preparing the subsequent application forms to secure a divorce.

What is not covered?

Contested divorce proceedings: If your divorce is contested, we will need to provide an estimate of your future costs. Dealing with complicating factors such as difficulties in serving your spouse with the divorce papers or them refusing to co-operate. Special applications for costs orders against your spouse or other costs incidental to the case such as service fees for an Enquiry Agent.

Divorce proceedings (as Respondent)

£275 + VAT (£55) and any other disbursements = Total £330 + disbursements

What is covered?

Advising you in the office, completing and returning the acknowledgement of service to the court, all correspondence with you, the other side and the Court, notifying you of each stage in the proceedings up to the obtaining of the final divorce order.

What is not covered?

Contested divorce proceedings: If your divorce is contested, we will need to provide an estimate of your future costs. Dealing with complicating factors such as disputes over costs or applying for the final divorce order on your behalf if your spouse fails to apply for it.

We also offer a full range of family law services, such as financial settlements, child arrangements, pre and post nuptial agreements and collaborative law.

Find a full list of our divorce fees here.

Contact us or call us on 0114 2496666 to book your free appointment today.

Why Choose Howells Solicitors

The Howells divorce solicitors are one of the best in the country and one of the largest in the north of England. They been consistently highly ranked for family law work in the north by the Legal 500. Howells have over 40 years’ experience supporting families and are ranked high on Review Solicitors where they have a rating of 4.9 out of 5 for their client care. The team are also accredited by Resolution and the Law Society.

The divorce team offer flexible appointments to suit your availability and are transparent with their fees, offering affordable services without compromising on quality. You can make an appointment face-to-face, on the phone or by video.

Contact us or call us on 0114 2496666 to book your free appointment today.

The divorce team at Howells are often praised by clients for their honesty, compassion, and down to earth approach with their clients, and are excellent at their client care making the process of your case less stressful.

Divorce Solicitors Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Choose a Solicitor for Divorce?

Working with a solicitor who has extensive experience in the field of family law, particularly divorce, is recommended. A divorce solicitor can provide you with advice and support, as well as help you decide on an appropriate strategy.

Who Pays for a Divorce?

Generally, each person getting divorced will pay their own legal costs. The cost of divorce includes the court fee and the costs of the solicitors who assist the parties with the process.

Divorce Free Consultation

Our divorce solicitors offer a free 30-minute consultation on your first appointment, which can be made face-to-face, on the phone or by video call, as well as flexible appointments that can be arranged to fit around lunch breaks or work commitments. Contact us on 0114 2496666 to make an appointment.

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The Divorce Team

Sensitive and compassionate in her client relationships, Alyson Siddal understands that she is not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound by legal process but in real lives. Furthermore, Alyson has been a key part of Howells Solicitors for over 30 years and offers a wealth of expertise and experience.

Alyson and the Matrimonial team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 rankingswith specific feedback on Alyson which is “Alyson Siddall is a very experienced matrimonial lawyer who is personable and approachable in addition to being an excellent solicitor”.

Sharon Lockwood is a highly regarded Family Law and Divorce Solicitor in Rotherham, with a specialism at dealing with complex cases involving children and high value assets. Sharon is very active in the local community of South Yorkshire and receives a high amount of praise from her clients and colleagues and has established herself as one of the most distinguish divorce specialists in the region.

John Clegg is a family specialist and covers all aspects of Matrimonial law including divorce, civil partnership and cohabitation breakdown, financial matters arising on separation and divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements and protection from domestic abuse.

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 edition ranks Family as a top tier firm in Yorkshire and Humber, saying “Family head Alyson Siddall, matrimonial specialist Sharon Lockwood and children team head Sarah Walker are the key names at Howells Solicitors.

Based in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley respectively, they oversea a team that is particularly well known for high net worth cases with assets ranging from three to six million pounds.

The firm recently expanded its department with the addition of a collaborative law facility. John Clegg is an additional name to note.”

Alyson Siddall

Family Law

0114 249 6659
John Clegg

Family Law

0114 249 6795
Sharon Lockwood

Family Law

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Caroline Euinton

Family Law

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Louise Ellis

Family Law

01709 364 000
Ramandeep Kaur

Family Law

0114 249 6703
Wendy Bailey

Family Law

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Danielle Mahyar

Family Law

01226 805 190
Laura Hill

Family Law

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Colin Musgrave

Family Law

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Family Law

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