Divorce & Separation
If your marriage or relationship has broken down you may feel upset, angry and anxious about the future.
Divorce and separation can be distressing and drawn out. It’s often the discussions that make the process more strenuous and stressful, such as sorting out possessions, deciding on housing, agreeing the finances and most important of all, making proper provision for children. Our Family Law specialists cannot take away the pain, but they can help you rebuild for the future.
Our Family Law specialists cover the full spectrum of divorce and separation cases. The team are compassionate, caring and patient, and your needs are the most important consideration to them.
Our Family Law specialists can support you with:
- Divorce on a fixed fee basis
- Complex divorce and separation matters, involving finances, children and property
- Divorces involving high net worth individuals
- Child, residence, contact and maintenance
- Collaborative services
- Pre-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
- Protection for vulnerable clients
- Advice during Mediation
Our Family Law specialists aim to achieve a final result that meets or exceeds a client’s expectations and to handle all proceedings in such a way that we reduce distress and upset.
Wherever possible and appropriate, we can support clients through mediation to lessen impact on all involved, taking special care and consideration when it comes to arrangements for children and earning the best possible entitlements when it comes to financial and property settlements.
There is always the risk of the ‘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 may not be able to offer any guarantees over avoiding the ‘bad’ but it greatly increases the chances of securing the ‘good’ – and helping everyone on their way to a life after divorce.
It offers the opportunity for both parties with their respective solicitors to come together to work out mutually acceptable terms for the separation – without involving the Courts to make decisions on your behalf.
A formal Participation Agreement sets out the way in which the discussions and negotiations will be conducted but the emphasis is on normal, constructive conversations in an open and supportive environment. It is not meant as a short cut as everything is considered as closely as it would be in normal Court-driven proceedings; but it does have the advantage of the parties working to their own timetable and reaching outcomes that are jointly agreed rather than simply imposed by others.
Our Family Law specialists can support you with reaching:
- Financial arrangements
- Child residence, contact and maintenance agreements
- Division of property and assets agreements
- Pension arrangements, wills and trusts agreements
- Pet custody agreements
We will aim to achieve the best possible settlement with a collaborative agreement laying a strong foundation for the achievement of a ‘good divorce’ through cooperation and communication, whilst minimising the costs – both emotional and financial – of divorce proceedings.
Our Family Law team offer a free 30 minute consultation for new clients and we offer flexible appointments that can be arranged around your work schedule.
Advice by telephone
We appreciate that it’s not always possible or easy to visit a solicitor in person. That’s why we offer a telephone service – it’s the same high quality advice from the same experienced lawyers, but with the added convenience of not having to make and attend appointments. We simply take your instructions and advise you over the telephone – call us today for a free initial consultation.
Our Family Law team are transparent with their prices and offer a variety of fixed fees. These can be found here.
The Divorce and Separation team
The Divorce and Separation team are part of the Family Law department at Howells.
The Howells team is one of the best in the country. It has been consistently highly ranked for family work in the north, and is overseen by the hugely respected and much admired Alyson Siddall. Alyson has developed a group of many talents but with shared values. Tough and resolute in their legal representation, sensitive and compassionate in their client relationships, the team understand that they’re not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound up in legal process but in real lives.
Howells was highly ranked as a law firm for Family Law by Chambers UK 2018. The prestigious guide said Howells is “Increasingly active in dealing with high net worth cases and child abduction cases over the past year. Bolstered by a designated mediation and collaborative law group.”
Legal 500 2018
The Legal 500 2018 ranks the Family department highly and states that “Howells handles the full spectrum of matrimonial work and children law matters. Alyson Siddall is ‘hugely experienced but always still keen to learn’, and heads the department which benefits from individuals based across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Siddall is regularly instructed in complex financial arrangements and has additional expertise in private children matters and collaborative law. Sharon Lockwood is another key name to note for financial work, while Sarah Walker is highlighted for childcare matters.”