Divorce and Separation

We can’t mend a broken marriage. But we can help you pick up the pieces.

Divorce can be distressing and drawn out. For every quick and relatively painless ‘no fault’ divorce, there are many that leave a deeper scar.

It’s often the practicalities that make the process more involved: sorting out possessions, deciding on housing, agreeing the finances and most important of all, making proper provision for children. Professional legal advice cannot take away the hurt but it can guide you through and help you rebuild for the future.

How we can help

Our team of specialist matrimonial lawyers covers the full spectrum of divorce and separation cases. Their great skills are in connecting with people, understanding the emotions in play, and offering strong support whilst maintaining a cool, clear legal head and a focus for the job in hand.

We can assist with:

  • Divorce done on a fixed fee basis
  • More 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
  • Resolution qualified Mediation

We 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 minimise distress and upset. Wherever possible and appropriate, we will use mediation and collaborative services to lessen impact on all parties, 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.


Because we know that it can be hard to find time, where possible we offer flexible appointments to suit you. Our Sheffield office opens until 7.00pm every Wednesday to accommodate late appointments.

All of our offices offer a free 30 minute pre-booked initial appointment on your first visit with us. 

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.

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.

Chambers UK
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 is “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.”

Please click here to view the family law department staff profiles.