Dale & Co. Solicitors Lincoln

Divorce and Separation

Divorce and Separation

When a relationship breaks down it can be a stressful time. There is no legal formula for working out the division of assets and level of maintenance after divorce, so it makes sense to see a solicitor for advice.

  • The following information includes some tips to help keep your legal bills as low as possible and help focus your mind.
  • If you are unsure whether to separate; explore that avenue first with a trusted advisor or counsellor.
  • Ask for a free initial session with a family lawyer. It is important that you feel confident with the person who will be working in your interests.
  • Prepare your questions and what you want to say before you see your solicitor to enable you to get the most out of your appointment.

We specialise in all aspects of family law, including:

  • Divorce
  • Financial settlements
  • Children's matters
  • Separation
  • Civil partnerships
  • Co-habitation agreements
  • Pre-nuptial agreements

You will receive the full support of our efficient and flexible team. Virtually all clients of our Family Law clients, who returned our questionnaires, said that they would recommend us. We aim to guide you through the complexities of Family Law to achieve the best possible outcome. We will follow your instructions and make the process as stress free as possible.

We can provide you with sound advice, specific to your circumstances. We can explain the legal procedures and the options available to you. We will deal with your matter in a professional, friendly and efficient way.

The Divorce Process

  • A 'Petition for Divorce' is sent to the County Court who send it to the other party and ask if the divorce will be opposed.
  • A 'Statement in Support' is sent to the court.
  • If the court is satisfied that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, the judge will fix a date for the 'Decree Nisi' of Divorce.
  • Six weeks later, the 'Decree Absolute' can be applied for by the Petitioner and when that is pronounced the Divorce is completed.

To get divorced

In order to get divorced one of the following must be proved:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for two years
  • Separation for two years (with consent)
  • Separation for five years

Please Note: Settling finances is separate from the Divorce. If an agreement cannot be reached an application can be made to the Court. If an agreement can be reached a Consent Order can be drawn up.

Financial Settlements

If you are considering a financial settlement it is important to obtain professional legal advice before agreeing anything. When deciding upon financial arrangements, the court will aim to reach a fair outcome based upon reasonable needs. The court will consider all circumstances including:

  • Welfare of any children under the age of 18
  • Reasonable earning capacity, property and financial resources of the husband and wife
  • Financial needs of the husband and wife
  • The family's standard of living before the breakdown of the marriage
  • Any physical or mental disabilities of the husband or wife
  • The duration of the marriage and the ages of the husband and wife
  • Contribution from the husband and wife, including looking after the home and caring for the family

Child Maintenance

Child maintenance can be paid by agreement, or if agreement cannot be reached, an application to the CMS can be made. There is a child maintenance calculator on the CMS website to assist in determining what CMS guidelines would suggest, which is helpful when trying to negotiate an agreement. The court only makes orders in respect of maintenance in limited circumstances.

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Georgia Corby

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Family Law

Georgia Corby LL.B. Hons

Georgia Corby LL.B. Hons

Georgia has a broad legal knowledge. She is thorough, calm and compassionate; she deals with divorce, civil partnership dissolution, co-habitation, finances and children's matters as Head of the Family Law department. Georgia is a member of Resolution.

Family Law at Dale & Co. Solicitors Lincoln offers expert advice after a relationship has broken down.

You will be offered sensible options when clear thinking is needed. Solicitor Georgia Corby has a reputation for calmness and compassion combined with firmness. She is a member of Resolution.

Our specialist Divorce Lawyers are experienced in dealing with Children's matters, Divorce, Civil Partnership and Finance arrangements - including complex financial matters, pensions and mortgages.

  • Call in for our free "Divorce and Separation" booklet.
  • Or ring us to arrange a free first appointment to find out where you stand.
  • You will receive the full support of our efficient and flexible Family Law team.
  • Virtually all clients of our Family Law clients, who returned our client Questionnaires, said that they would recommend us.

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Jo-Anna Glynn FCILEx Chartered Legal Executive

Jo-Anna Glynn FCILEx Chartered Legal Executive

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Chris Bagley

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