Divorce & Separation

We recognise at Blanchards law that what you want as the client is the most cost-effective and direct route whether you are driving the process or the recipient of a Divorce Petition. What you also need is someone who will listen to you and help you to achieve what you want where that is possible.

Early advice on appropriate basis on which you should apply for a divorce and likely financial settlement is key to understanding what you can expect during and after the proceedings.

There is only one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To satisfy the court that there has been an irretrievable breakdown, the Petitioner must prove one of the five facts: adultery, unreasonable behaviour,  desertion, two years separation with consent and five years separation without consent. It is important to rely on the correct fact in your divorce petition otherwise the court may return this to you.

Perhaps you only wish for a ‘Legal Separation’ and to draw up an amicable financial settlement and we can help draft this up for you. We will advise you on the best way to formalise your divorce or separation and also discuss with you the welfare of the children of your relationship.

We are mediators and collaborative lawyers so are well versed in alternative dispute resolution which can protect you from the harsh realities of the court-based adversarial system.

Divorce Procedural Table