Divorce

Proactive Divorce Solicitors Leeds

Are you looking for a divorce Solicitor in Leeds? At Consilia Legal, we have a team of specialist family law and divorce solicitors, who are experts in the field of divorce and separation.

We understand the difficulties that a relationship breakdown can cause. Our aim is to work with you to achieve the best outcome for you and your family in the most pragmatic and cost-effective manner.

You can feel reassured that you are not just another case or a number. We pride ourselves on our proactive approach and excellent communication. This is reflected in our outstanding reviews, left independently by previous divorce and family law clients. Read some of our Google Reviews.

Family / Divorce Law Awards & Accreditations

In 2019 we have been finalists in a number of awards, reflecting our dedication to the service we provide in family law and divorce. We have been named as finalists in the Yorkshire Legal Awards in the category of Family law and also in the Lexis Nexis family Awards too.

We are also incredibly proud to say that we are again ranked in the Legal 500, in the category of Family Law with an exceptional write-up. We are a relatively small firm of experienced Solicitors who deliver excellence.

Divorce Proceedings

There is only one ground for divorce which is that your marriage has irretrievably broken down.

In order to establish irretrievable breakdown you have to prove one of the following 5 facts:-

  1. Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with them.
  2. Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
  3. You have been separated for a period of two years and you each consent to a divorce.
  4. Desertion.
  5. You have been separated for a period of five years or more.

The law is shortly due to change to allow for a ‘no-fault’ divorce. At present this is not in place.

The divorce process is a paper-based procedure and you should not need to attend Court unless the process is defended by your spouse or civil partner or there are issues as to whom should bear the costs of the divorce.

The process tends to take an average of 6 months for undefended divorce proceedings depending upon how quickly the other party responds and the speed at which the Court deals with the paperwork.

The Divorce Process

The person who starts the divorce proceedings is known as the “Applicant/Petitioner” and their spouse is known as the “Respondent”.

1. The Petitioner will complete a Divorce Petition. Within the petition, the Petitioner will cite one of the followings facts to establish that the marriage has irretrievably broken down:-

a. Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with them;
b. Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them;
c. You have been separated for a period of two years and you each consent to a divorce;
d. Desertion;
e. You have been separated for a period of five years or more.

1. The Petitioner will send the petition with the Court fee of £550 and their original marriage certificate to their local Family Court. You can find your local Court at https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk;

2. The Court will send a copy of the petition to the Respondent together with the Acknowledgment of Service form. The Respondent is to return this form to confirm whether he/she intends to defend the proceedings and whether who pays for the divorce is agreed;

3. The Petitioner will then file two documents with the Court; a Statement in Support of the Divorce Petition and the Application for the Decree Nisi;

4. If the Court is satisfied that the Petitioner is entitled to a divorce or dissolution and the proceedings and/or costs are not defended the Court will pronounce a date for Decree Nisi– the first ruling to dissolve the marriage;

5. The Petitioner can file the Application for Decree Absolute no earlier than 6 weeks and 1 day after the Decree Nisi. The Court will then send both parties a sealed copy of the Decree Absolute. This brings the marriage to an end.

Financial Matters in the event of divorce

The act of getting divorced however does not deal with financial or child-related issues and specialist advice is needed to ensure that you are fully informed as to your legal rights and obligations. For more information see our pages on FinancesChildren.

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What Our Clients Say About Our Family Law Services

Laura Clapton has been brilliant and very professional through the Mediation process. I highly recommend her.

Jen Huggett

Absolutely five star service from Laura Clapton and her team, always kept informed of progress, and Laura was always available on the end of the phone to answer any questions. Highly recommended, thank you Consilia Legal.

Jane C

Professional and personal. Vicky was very caring and listened to my issue, advice was clear and easy to understand. Vicky ensured my mind was at ease and I knew my options. Excellent service. Sarah really knows the family sector, she puts you at ease instantly and ensures you are aware of all the options. Would definitely recommend this service. Thank you for your help.

Catherine White

Vicky guided me through the legal context of an employment and was very efficent, approachable and supportive. I would highly recommend this company and Vicky to others who need legal support and advice. Many thanks.

Maureen Sheridan

Had a great experience working with Victoria. Felt completely comfortable asking all kinds of questions and she always explained them really well.

Julia Mariani

I often get clients asking if I can assist with employment and family matters. As this is not my area of specialism I am conscious to help assist by passing them onto a trusted source who will look after the client in the best manner possible and with the same approach and ethos as myself. For employment and family matters I recommend to Consilia Legal as they contact the client promptly and provide practical no nonsense advice at a great value. I have no hesitation in recommending their services and will continue to direct my clients to them for this type of legal advice.

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What our clients say about Consilia Legal on

  • review rating 5  Andy from Consilia Legal was fabulous in providing support and advise in what was a very difficult period in my working life. We managed to get a fair deal for my settlement and all with in a short space of time. Once again thank you Andy

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    10/31/2019
  • review rating 5  Victoria Horner offered me employment law advice over the telephone and via email which was impartial but ultimately a game changer in the redundancy situation I found myself in with my employer. Victoria’s advice was instrumental in allowing me to negotiate redundancy and meant I was fully abreast of the law when having conversations with my employer. Victoria presented to me options which I have not yet considered or been made aware of a being entitled to which placed me in a stronger position when in dialogue with the HR department I was dealing with. This made me feel more empowered and gave me back some control during a very unsettling and confidence eroding time. Thank you Victoria.

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    3/06/2019
  • review rating 5  Excellent personal support, advice and understanding from Marie, Emma and the Team, thanks for all you have done. Highly recommended

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    5/30/2019
  • review rating 5  Professional and received good customer service. I would really recommend them as they helped me to negotiate my way out of a difficult work situation on the best terms possible. Andy was very polite and knowledgable.

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    3/15/2019
  • review rating 5  Very professional and got the right result for me in a very timely abs efficient manner. Great service, good advice and an excellent result I couldn’t have got on my own

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    5/23/2019
  • review rating 5  Marie, Andy, Victoria and Emma were exceptional in their help, advice and support – all done with a non-nonsense super friendly approach. Really took the stress out of a difficult corporate employment process. I felt safe and confident in their capable hands, recommending them highly.

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    6/03/2019
  • review rating 5  Very quick and reassuring response from Andy and the team here after a very difficult situation at work. Referred from Citizen Advice Bureau because all other firms seemed less bothered about my needs versus their fees. Andy gave great advice and helped explore my options so I could respond appropriately without being cornered by my work. Ended up with a very amicable outcome! In difficult times you need people like Consilia to help guide and support you... thanks guys

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    12/03/2018

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