Divorce solicitors

If you are thinking about commencing divorce or dissolution proceedings, knowing where to start at such an emotional time can be a minefield. We have a team of divorce solicitors who are all experts in the procedure and can carry out all of the necessary paperwork for you.

Financial settlement

We can help you navigate the financial issues you will need to think about if a separation or divorce is likely to happen. Our divorce solicitors will assist you in formulating your financial case and how best to achieve it (whether by mediation, the collaborative process or court proceedings).

We will support you at every stage of the process, ensuring that financial disclosure is obtained and scrutinised and that we obtain the most beneficial settlement possible for you.

Settlement of property disputes

Unfortunately when an unmarried couple separates it is not always clear on the share each person should receive, or it cannot be agreed whether the property should be retained or sold. In the event that negotiations do not result in an agreement, the Court can make a decision.

These problems occur more often when the original conveyancing transaction did not deal sufficiently with the intention of the parties on relationship breakdown and shares in the property. To avoid such a pitfall it is always preferential to enter into a Living Together Agreement and a Declaration of Trust from the outset. You may have heard this referred to as a Trusts of Land Act claim.

Change of Name Deeds

You may wish to change your name. We can take the stress out of this by drafting you a change of name deed and providing you with all of the copies you will need to let the necessary authorities know, (DVLA, banks, council).

You will need a Change of Name Deed if you wish to change your married name back to a maiden name, or if on marriage you wish to make your maiden name a middle name or double barrel your surnames. Or you may just fancy a change!

How we can manage your case

Resolution

Each divorce solicitor in our team belongs to Resolution, a family law body which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Accordingly the guidance we provide to our clients promotes settlement and alternative dispute resolution where possible. We are trained to put clients at ease whilst they are going through what can be one of the most stressful experiences they will face.

The collaborative process

When you look back on your divorce or separation, what would you like to feel? That it was a gruelling, gladiatorial battle in Court during which you both attacked each other through divorce solicitors – or that it was a humane, sensible discussion to take you forward into your new life?

The ending of a relationship is painful but how you choose to resolve financial issues or arrangements about your children can make a big difference. Court is needed in some cases but need yours be one of them? The collaborative law process allows a couple to sit at a table with both of their collaboratively trained divorce solicitors to talk through the options before them. You can have as many or as few meetings (known as “four-way” meetings) as you need : they can be paced to suit the reality of your lives as you work through the roller coaster of emotions of relationship breakdown. Having a supportive “space” in which to openly work through ideas and worries about your children or money issues can be surprisingly helpful at a time when you may feel that making any decision is very difficult. Talk to Andrew Mercer, who is collaboratively trained, to see if this way of resolving differences might help you.

Solicitor correspondence and the Court process

In some cases alternative dispute resolution is not possible. We will support and guide you through the court process.

Mediation

This is a process designed to resolve disputes without resorting to the Court and with the help of a neutral third party. A mediator cannot give legal advice to either party and will remain neutral whilst giving a general framework for potential solutions.

If an agreement is reached we can draft the necessary paperwork for this to be approved by the court for you. It is important that this documentation is completed properly to prevent any further claims in the future.

FREE half hour meeting

We understand that family matters are sensitive and that's why we offer all clients a FREE half hour meeting at either our Salisbury, Southampton, Poole or Winchester offices so you can meet us before you have to make any commitment.

Need to speak to someone out of office hours?

Call us on 01722 426989.

We're members of Resolution

Which is a family law body which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

Resolution - first for family law

Collaborative law

We have collaboratively trained lawyers. They will try to help you resolve your issues in a non-confrontational manner. Often going to court can be avoided with this approach.

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Meet the team

Andrew Mercer
Partner & Head of Family Team
Family
Salisbury
01722 426954
07880 703 500
Family
Grant Cameron
Partner
Family
Southampton
023 8082 0488
07467 943444
Family
Juliet Mayhew
Partner
Family
Salisbury
01962 670677
07557 536244
Family
Emma Wilders-Pratt
Partner
Family
Salisbury
01962 670677
07876 334584
Family
Kate Stovold
Associate
Family
Southampton
023 8082 0511
07881343972
Family
Dawn Gore
Paralegal & Certified Family Law Assistant
Family
Salisbury
01722 426945
07881 343 960
Family
Caroline Nobbs
Legal Assistant
Family
Poole
01202 339010
Family
Charlotte Gee
Legal Secretary
Family
Salisbury
01722 426903
Family
Emma Humby
Legal Secretary
Family
Southampton
023 8082 0453
Family
Laura Sargent
Legal Secretary
Family
Southampton
02380820492
Family
Andrea Smith
Legal Secretary
Family
Salisbury
01722 426958
Family
Sara Willis
Paralegal
Family
Salisbury
01722 426963
Family
Hannah Cheney
Administrative Assistant
Family
Salisbury
01722 426960
Family