The family law department at Morrish Solicitors in Leeds provide sensitive advice and work effectively to achieve the most practical solution for you. Our aim is to achieve a constructive and amicable solution in order to keep costs and stress to a minimum.

Matrimonial and family problems, whatever their nature, can have an upsetting effect on the whole family, both financially and emotionally and can be amongst the most difficult times our clients experience.

There are complex legal issues involved when any relationship breaks down.  It is therefore essential that you seek high quality and comprehensive family legal advice.  At Morrish Solicitors, we have experienced family solicitors who can guide you through the process and advise you on all of the options that are available to you.

We can advise on any family/matrimonial matters including:-

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Noelle Heath is a member of Resolution – first for family law, which is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to a non-confrontational approach to divorce, separation and other family problems.  All of our lawyers follow their code of practice which means that we take an approach that is sensitive, constructive, cost-effective and most likely to result in an agreement. However, if court proceedings are unavoidable, our family solicitors have the experience to advise and assist you throughout the Court process and ensure that you are properly represented at all stages.

Divorce and Family Law – FAQ’s

There is in fact only one ground for Divorce which is that the marriage has “irretrievably broken down”. However in order to establish this you will need to prove one of five facts: Adultery, Unreasonable Behaviour, Desertion, that you have lived apart for two years or more (this will require your spouse’s consent) or  that you have lived apart for five years or more.

Yes but only if you have been married for more than one year and can prove that your spouse has either committed adultery or behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them (“Unreasonable behaviour”).

Divorce proceedings through the court may only take between 4 and 5 months (but there can sometimes be delays).

The least contentious way is to consider dealing with it on the basis that you have lived apart for 2 years or more and your spouse consents to a Divorce. You may also wish to consider Family Mediation as a way of resolving any issues arising out of the breakdown of the marriage.

Mediation is where an independent, professionally trained Mediator helps you and your spouse work out an agreement about issues such as arrangements for children, child maintenance payments and finances such as what to do with your house, savings, pensions and debts. Mediation can also be helpful when arrangements that you have made before need to change, particularly as your children grow up.

Yes, you will be required to provide full and honest disclosure of your finances with documentation in support. Refusal to do so could mean that a court orders you to do so. Equally if you provide false information any order that is made based on that false information could be overturned by the court at a later date.

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