Family law solicitors Newcastle

Emmersons Solicitors Managing Director Jacqueline Emmerson is a Family Law Specialist. She is available 7 days a week. Jacqueline has over 30 years of Family Law experience. She was one of the first and youngest members of The Law Society Family Law Panel. She specialises in all areas of Divorce Law. Including Financial and Children's matters. She is able to help you with complicated high-net-worth cases involving businesses and high-value pensions. She is a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer.

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Expert Divorce Solicitors Newcastle and Sunderland.

Family Law Sunderland and Divorce Solicitors Newcastle. Thinking about getting a divorce will be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make. When you’ve been in a relationship with someone for a long time, your lives are interwoven together and it is a complex process to begin to unwind. This will include your finances and any children you have had together.

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At Emmersons, our Expert Divorce Solicitors, with offices in Newcastle and Sunderland, understand how difficult it is emotionally to deal with the idea of divorce so we have put together some practical information for you to help you to understand the process of how to obtain a divorce.

We can advise you on the best financial settlement for you. As we are a Collaborative Family Practice we make sure the process is as painless as possible by encouraging round table discussions between you and your spouse/civil partner. Our aim is to help you reach a faster and less fraught outcome.

How to Get a Divorce

If you do decide that divorce is the right step for you, you need to understand the legal requirements to be able to get divorced.

In order to begin divorce proceedings, you will need to be able to prove one of five grounds:

  1. Adultery by your spouse
  2. Unreasonable behaviour by your spouse
  3. Desertion - where your spouse has left you for a period of two years
  4. Two years separation from your spouse and they consent to a divorce
  5. Five years separation from your spouse in which case their consent is not necessary

To start the process you must fill in a Divorce Petition Form with some basic details about you and your spouse and enclose your marriage certificate. You will also need to provide details about your children and childcare arrangements.

You will need to pay a fee to the court too. Once your documents have been submitted to the court your spouse must respond. After this the judge will decide whether to grant a Decree Nisi.

Decree Nisi

A Decree Nisi is a document from the court which in effect consents to the divorce being finalised. You can obtain a Decree Nisi if your spouse does not contest the divorce petition.

Decree Absolute

A decree absolute is the legal document which ends your marriage. You can apply for a Decree Absolute six weeks after being granted a Decree Nisi. This six week delay means that you can finalise all the other parts of the settlement prior to the legal termination of your marriage. It is known as the cooling off period in case you wish to change your mind about being divorced.

Why not contact us for an initial fixed fee meeting so that we can advise you about your options?

Let us help you now. Why not contact our Expert Divorce Solicitors in Newcastle and Sunderland, please ask to speak to our Family Lawyers who will be only too happy to assist you.

Newcastle Expert Divorce Solicitors:   0191 284 6989

Sunderland Expert Divorce Solicitors: 0191 567 6667

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If you need help with your divorce or separation, then contact us for a Next Steps Divorce Advice Session and see how we can help you.

Our Gosforth Office has wheelchair access, you can be dropped off at our front door and there is free parking on the adjoining streets. You can also park opposite our Sunderland Office on John Street.

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I am frequently asked about the value of instructing an expert solicitor to handle a divorce. I have put together this useful guide which will answer many of your questions. If you are contemplating a divorce or separation, and wondering whether you need a solicitor to assist you, then my guide will help you to decide. Regards, Jacqueline Emmerson.

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