Do I Need a Solicitor for a Divorce? Family Law Questions Answered
February 27, 2024

Family lawyers offer support, guidance, and invaluable specialist advice during many of the most difficult times of people’s lives. 

Whether you are looking for information on cohabitation agreements, have a query about a financial issue on divorce, or need the input of a legal professional about arrangements for your children, a specialist family law solicitor can help. 

In this blog, our experienced Family lawyers answer some of your most frequently asked questions. 

Do I need a solicitor to get a divorce? 

In April 2022, no-fault divorce was introduced under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. 

This was a defining moment in family law, as previously the law meant that one of the partners had to accept blame for the relationship’s breakdown. 

Not having to prove a fault-based fact against an ex-partner, or spend years still married to get a divorce, allows couples to enter divorce proceedings jointly and without reason if necessary, meaning they can separate more amicably, saving both stress and time. 

However, even if partners separate on good terms, difficult conversations must be had and reaching agreements on various topics can be challenging. 

It is also important to note that a divorce is only the legal end to a marriage. Reaching an agreement on financial matters and making arrangements for any children need to be done separately. 

A solicitor can help navigate divorce proceedings in various ways. From ensuring you get a fair divorce settlement, helping with communication between you and your ex, and assisting with the relevant paperwork, seeking the advice of an experienced divorce lawyer can prove invaluable. 

Even if you believe that your divorce will be straightforward, it is sensible to consider the advice of a trusted family solicitor. For advice and assistance on all aspects of divorce, including financial arrangements, separation agreements and child law, please contact Bowsers Solicitors today. 

To get in touch, please call 01945 583194 (Wisbech), 01354 652606 (March), email reception@bowsers.co.uk or fill in this contact form

Should I get a cohabitation agreement? 

There is no such thing as ‘common law marriage’, and couples that choose to live together without getting married or becoming civil partners have little legal protection if they separate. 

The best way for cohabiting couples to protect themselves is by getting a cohabitation agreement.  

A cohabitation agreement is a legal document made between cohabiting couples that sets out arrangements for finances, property, and children while the couple is living together and if they eventually break up, fall ill or pass away.   

Both same-sex and heterosexual couples can make a cohabitation agreement, which can be reviewed and updated as often as required.  

Cohabitation agreements help avoid disagreements and prevent difficulties if unmarried partners separate by determining who is entitled to what and in what proportion. This can include: 

  • Property. 
  • Deposit on a home.  
  • Inheritances. 
  • Mortgages.  
  • Pensions. 
  • Next of Kin.  
  • Pets. 

If you live with your partner, and are not married or in a civil partnership, you should get a cohabitation agreement. Find out more here

My partner is abusive towards me, what should I do? 

It can be hard for victims of domestic violence to recognise abuse, and often even more difficult to seek help. 

However, speaking to a solicitor who specialises in domestic abuse about any concerns at an early stage can stop the situation from escalating. 

Coercive and controlling behaviour, threats, and intimidation are all potential signs of domestic abuse. 

If you are frightened or concerned about how your partner treats you, call us today on 01945 583194 (Wisbech) or 01354 652606 (March). 

Are prenuptial and postnuptial agreements only for rich people? 

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, also known as ‘prenups’ and ‘postnups’, are a form of contract designed to protect people when entering marriage, or after getting married, by outlining what will happen to their assets, property and finances, should the relationship break down and lead to divorce. 

Prenups and postnups aren’t just for celebrities and the wealthy. You can make a prenup or a postnup regardless of the level of your wealth. Setting out what happens to your assets if your relationship breaks down can benefit everyone. 

Prenups and postnups have many advantages in the event of a separation. These include: 

  • Provide clarity. Making provision for what happens to your assets if your relationship breaks down ensures each partner knows where they stand. 
  • Protect assets. Prenups and postnups can ringfence certain assets that you might not want to share with a partner should your relationship end in divorce. A prenup or postnup can also shield you from a partner’s debts by setting out who takes responsibility for what. 
  • Shield business interests. Detailing any business ownership or shares in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement and stating how they will be treated in a divorce can prevent future disagreements.  
  • Save time and money. Making a prenup or postnup is significantly cheaper than having to instruct a solicitor to assist with legal proceedings over the division of matrimonial assets on divorce.  
  • Reduce acrimony on divorce. Setting out in advance how assets should be distributed if a couple separates leads to fewer disagreements later on. 

For more information about our legal services for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, click here

Family Lawyers March and Wisbech 

If you have concerns about anything relating to your family life, seeking advice from an experienced family law solicitor is vital.  

At Bowsers Solicitors, we understand family law matters can be traumatic for everyone involved. As a result, with any case we are involved in, we do our utmost to resolve the matter as amicably as possible, ensuring that all parties are satisfied with the outcome and always prioritising any children involved. 

We pride ourselves on handling sensitive and complex cases with compassion and empathy and assist clients with various family law matters, including the following: 

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Financial Arrangements. 
  • Cohabitation/Unmarried Rights Agreements. 
  • Child Law. 
  • Prenuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements. 
  • Separation Agreements. 
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution. 

Based in March and Wisbech, our legal team has the resources and experience to support clients across Cambridgeshire and further afield. 

To get in touch, please call 01945 583194 (Wisbech), 01354 652606 (March), email reception@bowsers.co.uk or fill in this contact form