Separation, divorce & dissolution


The ending of a relationship can be fraught with hurt, anger, guilt and sadness and it is perfectly normal to feel this way at different stages. How you manage your separation is critical to how easily you move forward. Your aim – and our aim for you – is that by the conclusion of the separation process you should feel confident, positive and certain. If you have children, see our Children page for helpful information about managing separation in a child-focused way.

Prettys’ dedicated family solicitors build a team around you that provides bespoke emotional, financial and legal support that is tailored to the individual circumstances of you and your family. Our years of experience in this area has proven dialogue is key. At every stage, we encourage amicable discussion between separating partners, avoiding court battles and reaching an agreement that is best for both of you, and any children involved.  

The Prettys family team knows that separation is a journey that can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster and the scars can linger for years if not handled sensitively. Our client-focused approach is centred around helping you get back to normal life, ensuring you benefit from expert legal advice at a time when you need it most. 

What Can We Do For You?

If you are in need of advice about ending a relationship, we can help you with:

  • Divorce (marriage) / dissolution (civil partnerships): If you have been married or in a civil partnership for more than one year, our divorce lawyers can help identify the least antagonistic way of achieving divorce or dissolution. Reaching a solid and agreed ground for divorce or dissolution can help you avoid a contentious process and minimise the chances of the process becoming defended. Our divorce/dissolution service will also provide important advice in relation to resolving financial claims. 
  • Judicial separation / separation agreements: If you are married and are contemplating separation without wanting to divorce (for example on religious, moral, emotional or financial grounds), we can help you formalise these wishes in a judicial separation or separation agreement.
  • Advice for unmarried couples: Your legal entitlement to assets will be different to those in marriages or civil partnerships if you are unmarried and separating. In these circumstances, we can assist you by drafting a separation agreement.

If you're in need of legal advice for relationship difficulties, get in touch with our family team today for a free confidential and without obligation chat. Please note we do not offer legal aid but are always happy to talk over your case and fees.

Why Choose Prettys?

Prettys' family law team offers many years of practical experience in dealing with family-related issues, helping you navigate the high and low points, agreements and disagreements. The team is unique in that, aside from being legal experts, each of our solicitors is also trained as a mediator, helping to foster continuing dialogue wherever possible.  

Our innovative Talking Works service encourages round table discussions between you and your partner with our help. This enables creative and bespoke solutions within which you each achieve what you want and allows you to conclude separation with grace, dignity and courtesy. If you have children together, this aim is all the more important. Where input is needed from other experts, we will draw that professional from our trusted Talking Works Professionals Hub and build a support team around you. 

If you would like to speak to our dedicated team of family lawyers, you can contact us on 01473 232121, complete an online contact form or send us an email via  familylaw@prettys.co.uk and we’d be happy to help.

Please note we do not offer legal aid but are always happy to talk over your case and fees.

Georgina Rayment
Partner, Head of Family, Mediator
Georgie Hall
Victoria Mayhew
Senior Associate Solicitor, Accredited Mediator