Amicable Divorce and Separation

Many people want to divorce as amicably as possible, especially when the marriage has broken down because they have grown apart and not because of bad behaviour or a relationship with a third party.

We can help you achieve this. Instructing a solicitor should not be seen as a hostile act but as an essential part of making sure you are doing things in the right way.

There are some things you should be aware of to help you understand why we recommend that you go through certain steps:

  1. Considering the timing of the divorce order so that you do not lose out on pension benefits in the event of your spouse passing away prior to your financial settlement being secure.
  2. Exchanging financial information so you both have a clear picture of the other’s financial position, and nothing has been missed or under-valued.
  3. Looking at your financial needs for housing and income. An equal division of the assets may not be fair. You might get a bigger or smaller share of the assets to achieve parity in your financial positions.
  4. Checking if there are any other matters to consider. These can include assets built up prior to the relationship, inheritances or family gifts, business interests, health problems or disability and third-party interests.

Once you know what you have and what issues need to be addressed, you can look at what is fair and reasonable and how you are going to reach an agreement about the division of your finances. There are various options for doing this and you can see the options ­here.

When an agreement is reached you need to make sure that the agreement is “water-tight” to give you peace of mind for the future. We will draw up an agreement for you.  If there are divorce or dissolution proceedings the agreement can be submitted to the court for approval by a judge. This doesn’t usually involve you having to go to court, it is all done on-line for you.

There is, of course, a cost to having a solicitor help you through these steps but without having that help you may not be confident that the financial arrangements are right for you nor will you have the peace of mind of knowing that any arrangements made are binding and that there cannot be further claims later.

Our expertise in medium and high net worth divorce cases means we are ideally placed to offer the best advice.

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We are ranked joint No.1 for divorce and family law in North Yorkshire by Chambers UK and Legal 500.

With a leading team of solicitors, we focus on delivering an exceptional client service through the hardest of times.

Why you need Harrogate Family Law

Get a fair deal

We aim to get you everything you’re entitled to, delivering the best deal for your situation.

Keep out of court

95% of our cases are agreed out of court which saves you time, money and stress.

Avoid costly mistakes

We spot and avoid problems before they happen.

Save money

With our expert solicitors, you’ll get a better outcome and save money.

The Harrogate Family Law team know how to negotiate professionally

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We are caring and compassionate and will look after you.

The team uses time very economically and efficiently and the advice is very good. I am very impressed and would recommend them wholeheartedly.

Client comment in Chambers 2022 edition

They made me feel my legal matters were in safe hands and displayed a sense that they were working for me in a supportive and constructive way.

Client comment in Chambers 2022 edition

The small and dedicated team genuinely cares about its clients and the issues affecting them. It pays huge attention to detail, offers high-quality advice and an enormous amount of support”.

- Legal 500 in its 2020 edition

Extremely client-focused – I really felt like they had my best interests at heart. Their attention to detail and their ability to remember every bit of the case was astonishing.

- Client comment in Chambers 2019 edition

Their documents are detailed and thorough and their preparation for court is excellent, with sensible advice given to clients.

- Barrister comment in Chambers 2019 edition

Clients single out the firm’s diligence in ‘leaving no stone unturned; its very quick response times, detailed knowledge and thorough approach amounts to a first-rate level of service.

- Legal 500 2017 edition

I could not have found a more supportive representative than you. Your choice of barrister was perfect. I could not have asked for a better outcome.

– DS