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Simon Craddock

Partner and Head of Family Banbury

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Divorce & separation

The process of obtaining a divorce is usually quite straightforward, particularly if your partner and yourself have agreed that the marriage is over. It is more usual for difficulties to arise in resolving the practical issues related to a divorce such as how to separate, where to live, the arrangements for any children and financial matters. 

Our specialist team works solely on divorce cases, which include complex legal assets including pension funds, offshore assets and family businesses. We understand that divorce is more than a legal matter – it’s a life changing event. We have true empathy with our customers and often stay in touch after the divorce has been completed. We’re never too busy to talk to you.

You’re likely to experience many emotions such as fear, pain and anger, and our team has been specially trained to help you through this distressing time. We have a trained and qualified counsellor on hand to help you work through these emotions and try to make sense of your feelings.

If you have decided to separate but do not have grounds for a divorce, or do not want a divorce, you can still make arrangements for your children and deal with your financial matters and we can assist you with this. 

If there is a dispute concerning the arrangements for children then there are options available which are dealt with separately to the divorce proceedings. A separate application can be made to the court for a Child Arrangements Order if the dispute cannot be resolved by mediation. In many cases the financial arrangements of a divorce will be concluded after the divorce itself has been completed.

It normally takes between four and six months for a divorce to be concluded. However if there are problems resolving financial or children matters this may delay the conclusion of the divorce. You won’t usually have to go to Court, as long as the divorce is not challenged by your spouse.

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