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Divorce Solicitors

The breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership is rarely straightforward, with issues from child care to the division of assets needing to be resolved. Our highly experienced divorce solicitors are here to guide you through the divorce process from beginning to end, ensuring you have all the support you need at this difficult time.

Our award-winning legal experts deal with all work relating to the breakdown of relationships and the division of shared finances, including cases involving high-value, complex assets. From our offices across Yorkshire, we have assisted thousands of couples to reach an amicable settlement that works for both sides.

Speak to an experienced and understanding solicitor for divorce advice by contacting Ramsdens Solicitors. We are ranked in the Legal 500, which means we are highly regarded for our high-quality client service. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation by calling 01484 821 500 or complete our online contact form, and we will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you.

How our divorce solicitors can help you

Our team of highly qualified divorce solicitors offer advice at all stages of the breakdown of a relationship, and can guide you when it comes to filing for a divorce, as well as issues that arise from relationship breakdowns.

We have particular expertise in offering divorce advice in the following areas:

                • Contested and uncontested divorce proceedings: To have a divorce, you must show that your marriage has broken down irretrievably
                • Separation: Whether permanent or on a trial basis, we can assist in formalising details for an agreement or deed
                • Arrangements for children: We have extensive experience in representing parents, grandparents and other family members in custody disputes
                • Financial arrangements: Dividing assets can often be the most troublesome aspect of a divorce, but we can help to negotiate the fairest settlement
                • Prenuptial agreements: We can guide you through the process, helping to set out what will happen to assets should there be a divorce
                • Collaborative law: This alternative to formal proceedings is suitable for those seeking a more personal and effective way of managing a divorce
                • Our team of friendly and knowledgeable divorce solicitors adopts a constructive approach to resolving family problems arising from any relationship breakdown. We will listen to your concerns and do all we can to find the right settlement that works for you and your family.

                  Why choose our divorce solicitors?

                  Our family law department is headed by Helen Thewlis, an experienced matrimonial solicitor who is accredited by The Law Society as a Family Law Advanced Specialist for Children Law, Private and Ancillary Relief. Helen is a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution, as well as an active member of the Kirklees & Calderdale Collaborative Family Law Group.

                  Helen Thewlis is exceptionally talented and wonderful at her job, giving clear and fair advice to clients.”

                  • The Legal 500

                  At Ramsdens Solicitors, we are completely committed to treating all of our clients with the utmost care, and will work tirelessly to provide you with the support you need. In our latest client satisfaction feedback survey, 97% of clients said they were happy with our overall performance.

                  Find out more about our awards and accreditations here.


How do I obtain a divorce?

If you have been married for more than one year, you can get a divorce by stating the ground that your marriage has broken down irretrievably. There is no need to apportion ‘blame’ to either party for the breakdown of the marriage.

Obtaining a divorce is straightforward, however resolving the financial consequences of your marriage breakdown can be more

complex, depending on your unique circumstances. Our divorce solicitors are dedicated to forming a strong working relationship with you to ensure that you have the help and support you need throughout the divorce process.

Will I need to appear in court to get a divorce?

Although divorces can only be granted by the court, only a few cases will require input from a Judge, which means very few couples have to attend court to deal with the divorce itself. In the majority of cases, the divorce will take place either online or by paperwork passing between the relevant parties.

How long does a divorce take?

It is extremely difficult to provide an estimate for how long the divorce process will take due to the unique nature of every relationship breakdown. However, the procedure from application to final order will take a minimum of 26 weeks and 1 day. This timescale can differ considerably depending on the nature of financial negotiations and any contested proceedings, which often mean the divorce will take much longer.

Financial considerations

Parties must strive to reach an agreement as to the division of the matrimonial assets before finalising the divorce. It is crucial that once an agreement is reached ( even if you are both retaining all your own assets in your own names and there are no joint assets) that you enter into a financial agreement which is called a consent order and can be lodged at court once your conditional order has been pronounced. We always advise that clients disclose to each other details of all assets and liabilities they have an interest in including pensions and any business assets before reaching an agreement as to how their finances should be divided. Once an agreement has been reached, we can assist with drafting a Consent Order. Once sealed by the court, the Consent Order also has the effect of ensuring that parties cannot claim against each other in the future.

Contact Us

Our friendly solicitors are ready to help you kick start divorce proceedings today. Contact us for a free, no-obligation chat by calling 01484 821 500 , email us at or complete our online contact form and we will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you.