Lincolnshire Divorce & Separation Solicitors

Whether you are planning on starting divorce proceedings, or your spouse has started proceedings against you, we can help.

Divorce proceedings can become complex. Especially when property, shared assets or children are involved.

We can help you with your divorce or separation by making sure that everything is taken care of in a sensitive and confidential manner, offering advice in a clear and understanding way and helping you through this stressful time.

Anyone who has been married for a period of 12 months or more can file a petition for divorce.

What can Ringrose Law do to help?

Sadly, 1 in 3 marriages nowadays end in divorce or separation; obtaining legal advice before you start your petition for divorce is really important, you may have initial questions such as;

  • Do you have grounds for divorce?
  • Is your husband/wife likely to agree to the divorce?
  • What will happen to your children?
  • What financial matters need resolving?

We can help guide you through the process, ensuring you have all the information you need, particularly when there are children, property and assets involved, our expert team of family solicitors can guide you every step of the way.

How much does a Divorce cost?

If you are thinking about a divorce, you are entitled to a 20-minute consultation with a member of our Family Law team for free.

In this free consultation, you can find out if you have the grounds to claim divorce. We will also explain the divorce process and stages to you. Finally, we will answer any other questions you may have.

After this initial consultation, you can opt to have a longer session with our Family Law team at a time that suits you. This first session is charged at a fixed fee of £150.

Here, we will be happy to go further into your case. We could offer you different approaches and strategies you can take.

After this first session, if you wish to instruct us to represent you, you will be charged at an hourly rate. We will discuss and agree on this rate with you before commencing any work.

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Can you get Legal Aid for Divorce?

Legal aid for divorce is only available under very specific circumstances. These are in cases of:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Violence
  • Child Abduction

If you are unsure whether your case could be covered by legal aid, our Family Law team will be able to help.

24-hour Domestic Abuse Support

If you and/or your child are currently a victim of Domestic Abuse, it is important to get help immediately.

Call or text our discreet 24-hour support line for free advice: 07739 748 675

Further Information

Contact our Divorce and Separation team in Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Newark and Sleaford.

We are proud to be accredited by Resolution as a Specialist in the areas of Private Children Law and Domestic Violence.

This was my first time I have needed a solicitor and I was very impressed with the service and care I was given, especially as I was very dazed with having to cope with divorce proceedings and my then husband’s behaviour.

I cannot thank all those involved enough. I am very happy with the outcome.

Divorce Client - Lincoln

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    Further Advice


    There are five grounds for presenting a petition for divorce which are;

    • Adultery
    • Unreasonable behaviour
    • Desertion for a continuous period of two years or more
    • Two years separation with consent, and;
    • Five years separation

    If you have grounds for divorce then you need to file a petition for divorce.

    The petition for divorce is a legal document that will be drafted by you, the petitioner, based on one of the five grounds for divorce. Once completed, the petition for divorce will be sent to the Court, who will forward a copy to the respondent together with an Acknowledgement of Service.

    Acknowledgement of Service
    If you have received a petition for divorce you, the respondent, will have eight days to return the Acknowledgement of Service.

    Decree Nisi
    Once the completed Acknowledgement of Service has been received from the Court a request for directions for trial will be made by providing a statement in Support. The Court will then set a date for the Decree Nisi to be pronounced.

    Decree Absolute
    This is the final stage of the divorce and cannot be applied for until at least six weeks after the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi.

    If the judge says you cannot have a divorce the Court will write to you and ask for more information about the grounds for divorce.

    If there are no children involved and assets and property can be agreed on then from the presentation of the petition until the Decree Absolute can take up to four months.

    If there are children involved in a divorce or separation a Statement of Arrangements will be prepared which will set out the arrangements as to where the children will reside and what contact is proposed with the other party etc.

    Information on Residence Orders

    There is no such thing as a common-law spouse in the UK. This is regardless of how long two people have lived together. No automatic rights arise when an unmarried couple live together.

    Information on Cohabiting Rights

    If you are in a Civil Partnership you can apply for a Civil Partnership Dissolution, which has to go through the Courts. Similar to a divorce, you have to have been in the partnership for over 12 months before you can apply for dissolution.

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      General enquiries: 0333 3580 393Your local office: NewarkGranthamSleafordBostonLincoln