Family, Child & Care Proceedings

Divorce Solicitors in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff

You can trust that our Family Law team here at Devonalds Solicitors in South Wales will provide you with the highest quality service.

As well as having over 30 years’ experience in advising clients on divorce issues, our team is made up of experts in each possible area of a divorce, including:

  • Advising you on children-related matters, such as residence, contact, change of name and upbringing
  • Resolving financial and property issues between you and your ex-partner

Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful things that you will have ever had to do. We understand this, and we will always aim to provide our advice in a clear, jargon-free manner, removing any unnecessary stress and burdens on you and your family.

We will be able to advise you of the best course of action in dealing with the divorce and also outline any potential costs right from the start of the claim, providing a transparent and clear process for all those involved.

We can also advise people on civil partnership dissolution.

Book your 1-hour fixed fee consultation with our divorce solicitors in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff

We can offer you a 1-hour fixed fee consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help. We will outline your basic options, so you have a good idea of how the divorce process will proceed and can decide whether you would like to continue working with us. After this meeting, there is no obligation to officially instruct us.

We have offices across Rhondda Cynon Taff in BridgendPontypriddTalbot GreenTonypandyTreorchy and Tylorstown, where you can come and meet us to discuss your matter. We’re also happy to speak to you in any way convenient to you, including using video link software.

So, if you are splitting up with your ex-partner and need some advice about getting a divorce, get in touch with us today for compassionate and cost-effective advice for you and your family.

Read more about our divorce services here.

Why choose Devonalds for divorce advice?

When it comes to a relationship breakdown, we know just how sad, frustrating, and stressful things can become. When children are involved, the situation becomes even more difficult. It’s a lot of work to stay strong for your children, and it can quickly lead to you feeling burnt out.

That’s why it’s important to turn to the right people for support, such as a trusted friend, a loving parent or sibling, and a supportive solicitor to help you through the legal parts.

At Devonalds, we help people find practical solutions to their problems. We have a large team of specialist family lawyers who are here to help you sort out all the issues that come out of your divorce or civil partnership dissolution. We:

  • Will provide knowledgeable, practical advice in clear English
  • Will always put your best interests and the welfare of your children first
  • Can provide a listening ear and emotional support when things get tough
  • Respond quickly to calls and emails
  • Are highly esteemed for our expertise in this area and are Law Society accredited for our skills in family law proceedings involving children.

It’s a common worry amongst divorcing couples that they will need to attend court. While it’s a possibility, with the right support, it is actually more common for couples to find a resolution between themselves out of court.

Our team includes members of Resolution, a family law organisation of legal professionals who specialise in helping families settle their problems out of court, reducing costs and stress for everyone.

Watch the video below for more about how our family law solicitors can support you.

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How can our specialist divorce solicitors help?

There are three main stages to getting a divorce. These are:

  • The process of applying for divorce (or responding to the divorce petition if your ex-partner makes the application)
  • Sorting out your finances, such as deciding who should keep the family home and agreeing spousal maintenance
  • Sorting out arrangements for children, such as where they should live and where they should go to school

Our divorce solicitors can assist with all these matters, including complex and high-value matters (such as cases involving multiple properties and individuals with high incomes or their own businesses).

We can also help with sensitive divorce issues. For example, if there is domestic abuse in your relationship, we can advise on seeking legal protection for you and your children and work out divorce matters in a way that is safe for you.

Read more about our divorce services below:

Applying for divorce and responding to divorce petitions

The good thing about divorce is that if you and your partner are on the same page about separating, the administrative process of ending the marriage is quite straightforward.

The process involves completing a document known as a divorce petition. The exact steps you need to take will depend on whether you are the one filing the petition or responding to it. We can help you with this process, ensuring every detail is completed to the highest degree of accuracy to avoid any unnecessary delays.

We can also help if a dispute has arisen over the divorce application process. For example, if your partner is objecting to the petition or your reasons for wanting a divorce.

What are the grounds for divorce?

When you file a divorce petition, you are claiming that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. To prove irretrievable breakdown, you must rely on one or more of the five 'facts'. These are:

  • Unreasonable behaviour (most petitions are based on this fact)
  • Adultery (not available for civil partnership dissolution)
  • You have been separated for two years, and both partners consent to the divorce
  • You have been separated for five years with no consent from your partner needed
  • Your partner deserted you at least two years ago

No-fault divorce

In April 2022, the grounds for divorce are changing. A new divorce law called no-fault divorce will be introduced. Under this new law, the five facts will be abolished, and all you need to do to get a divorce is file an application that says your marriage has irretrievably broken down.

This should make getting a divorce much easier, particularly if you're worried about your partner objecting. However, if you and your partner both want to get a divorce now, there's probably no point in waiting for a no-fault divorce. If you are concerned about a dispute arising over the divorce application, get in touch, and we will be happy to provide advice.

Divorce financial settlements

Our divorce solicitors can provide practical advice about all the financial aspects of getting a divorce. Our service includes:

  • Helping you negotiate and agree the fair division of matrimonial assets, such as:
    • The family home
    • Second properties, such as buy-to-let portfolios and holiday homes
    • Savings
    • Investments, stocks and shares
    • Pensions
    • Personal belongings, such as cars and furniture
  • Negotiating and agreeing spousal maintenance payments
  • Advice about financial provision for children
  • Drafting your divorce financial settlement document
  • Advice about going to court for a wide range of financial orders if out of court agreement is not possible

Arrangements for children upon divorce

Divorce is hard on every member of the family, but it can be particularly confusing and stressful for children. As Law Society Accredited Children Law experts, we are skilled at helping parents work out co-parenting plans and resolving disputes over arrangements for children.

We will always put the happiness and welfare of your children as well as your parental rights at the heart of our advice. Our service includes:

  • Helping you negotiate and agree a co-parenting plan with your ex-partner about matters such as where your children will live and how much contact they will have with each parent
  • Helping you resolve questions about your children’s upbringing, such as where they should go to school
  • Providing advice on changing your children’s surnames
  • Providing advice on taking children out of the country or stopping your ex-partner from taking your children abroad
  • Advising on financial provision for children, such as sorting out payment of school fees.
  • Helping you apply to court for decisions about children, including:
    • Child Arrangements Orders
    • Prohibited Steps Orders
    • Specific Issue Orders

Going to family court

It's not always possible to work out divorce issues out of court. As well as being skilled negotiators, our divorce lawyers can fight your corner in family court proceedings about matters such as the division of finances and child residence and contact.

We know that going to court can be daunting and stressful. We will be by your side the entire time, ensuring that you fully understand the process, helping you take advantage of all your options, and providing emotional support.

Divorce and domestic violence

If there is domestic abuse in your relationship – whether that is emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse or any other kind of abuse – we are here to help. We can advise people about divorcing an abusive partner.

As well as handling the divorce process, we can provide advice about seeking protective court orders and sorting out financial matters in a safe and appropriate way.

If you have children, you are likely to be very worried about them. We will always prioritise your children’s welfare and can provide advice about also protecting them from domestic abuse. For example, we could provide advice about applying to court to limit your ex-partner’s parental responsibility so that they no longer have the right to do things like picking your children up from school.

People experiencing domestic violence are often able to get legal aid to help pay for their legal advice. Get in touch with us for further information.

Book your 1-hour fixed fee consultation with our divorce solicitors in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff

We can offer you a 1-hour fixed fee consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help. We will outline your basic options, so you have a good idea of how the divorce process will proceed and can decide whether you would like to continue working with us. After this meeting, there is no obligation to officially instruct us.

We have offices across Rhondda Cynon Taff in BridgendPontypriddTalbot GreenTonypandyTreorchy and Tylorstown, where you can come and meet our fixed fee divorce solicitors to discuss your matter. We’re also happy to speak to you in any way convenient to you, including using video link software.

So, if you are splitting up with your ex-partner and need some advice about getting a divorce, get in touch with us today for compassionate and cost-effective advice for you and your family.

Why Choose Devonalds Family Law Services?