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Protecting yourself when you separate

There are times when the reason for a divorce is because someone has been abusive in the marriage. Domestic abuse is defined as a pattern of physical or sexual violence or controlling behaviour in a relationship. It may involve physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse and can include violent behaviour or subtle control that makes the victim feel worthless, deprives them of money or prevents them from leaving the family home.

What should I expect from my first meeting with my solicitor?

Taking the first step of getting legal advice when a relationship ends can be very daunting.  At Harrogate Family Law we understand how hard it can be to come in and meet with a solicitor. These are some of the worries that people have told us they had:

How do you combat loneliness when you are divorcing?

The decision to divorce is not an easy one and it can feel like a very lonely time.  It is important to make sure you have the right support in place to help you come to terms it so that you can look to the future.  Here at Harrogate Family Law we have a team of compassionate solicitors who understand what you are going through and are here to help.  Below we have compiled some guidance to help you.

The “No-fault divorce” is coming

The law

Under the current law, introduced in 1973, couples must blame the other to get a divorce, unless they have been separated for two years.  To blame the other person, they must cite either their “unreasonable behaviour” or their adultery.  This is not very helpful for those couples who have mutually agreed that their marriage has broken down, but there is no one at fault.