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Divorce and Separation Solicitors

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

Dealing with a divorce can be distressing and drawn out. It’s often the discussions that make the process more strenuous and stressful, such as dividing possessions, deciding on housing, agreeing on the finances and most important of all, agreeing suitable arrangements for the children. Often decisions and agreements reached at the beginning of the divorce process can change over time, which can cause conflict.


Our team of family law specialists are one of the largest family law teams in the north of England. They are highly regarded in their field of work and have unrivalled experience in their specialisms. They are accredited in the Legal 500 as one of the top law firms in the country and Resolution and Law Society accredited, and are have countless positive reviews from clients and are rated 4.9 out of 5 on Review Solicitors.

Divorce & Separation Advice You Can Trust

It’s important to remember a divorce solicitor is not just there to fill in paperwork. We are there by your side the whole way through, providing you with invaluable marriage separation advice, and offering professional and emotional support during the process.

We know contacting a divorce solicitor can be worrying, but you’ll find our team approachable and easy to talk to. Always remember we are on your side and can help you rebuild for the future.

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

Our family law solicitors cover the full spectrum of divorce and separation cases, including:

Fixed Fee Divorce

– Clean break orders

– Complex divorce separation matters, involving financial settlements, children, and property

Child, residence, contact, and maintenance

Collaborative law

Pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements

– Divorce work across a range of cultures/religions

– Guidance on pensions, wills, and trusts

– Practical advice on housing and financial assistance

– Professionals/public sector workers

– Those with pensions to claim or protect

– Protection for vulnerable clients

– Advice during mediation – For those of you who are going through the mediation process your Mediator can give you information but not advice. We can offer ongoing advice and support to you outside the process.

Collaborative Law

There is always the risk of a ‘bad divorce’ where neither party can agree which will result in long-drawn-out Court proceedings. This causes a rise in costs and growing anger, bitterness and distress.

Collaborative law can support with:

Financial settlements

Child residence, contact, and maintenance

– Division of property and assets

– Pension arrangements, wills, and trusts

– Pet custody

Our Family Law Team

Our Family Law team represent clients in:

– Sheffield

– Barnsley

– Rotherham

– Other South Yorkshire areas

London and surrounding areas

– Nationwide (throughout England)

The team also offer a free 30-minute consultation on your first visit, which can be made face-to-face, on the phone or virtually. Contact us on 0114 2496666 to make an appointment.


Whey Choose Howells

The Howells Matrimonial teams 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 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 on 0114 2496666 to make an appointment.

The family law 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.

Our Fees

Our family law team 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 for family law matters 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 fees here.

Divorce and Separation FAQs

How Do I Choose a Solicitor for Divorce?

Working with a solicitor who has extensive experience in the field of family law, particularly divorce and separation, 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.

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

The average time 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 your divorce solicitor.

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The family law team 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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Contact us on 0114 2496666 and one of our advisors will be in touch to discuss your situation. We will take some initial information and if we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

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The Divorce and Separation team

The Howells Matrimonial team are one of the best in the country and one of the largest in South Yorkshire. It has been consistently highly ranked for family law work in the north, and is overseen by the hugely respected Alyson Siddall.  The team are also Resolution accredited who recognise members that demonstrate excellence in the practice of family law.

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

0114 249 6659
John Clegg

Family Law

0114 249 6795
Sharon Lockwood

Family Law

01709 364000
Caroline Euinton

0114 249 6643
Louise Ellis

Family Law

01709 364 000
Ramandeep Kaur

0114 249 6703
Wendy Bailey

01226 805 190
Danielle Mahyar

01226 805 190
Laura Hill

0114 249 6638
Sophie Jensen

01226 668 803
Cody Minshall

0114 249 6656
Colin Musgrave

Family Law

0114 249 6709