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Divorce & Separation

We are here to offer you specialist advice on separation, divorce and remarriage later in life. Meet our team of experts to provide you with a tailor made service to assist you. At GLC we have experienced lawyers who are specialists in this area of law.

At GLC we recognise that at a later time in life, you need to think carefully about ending your relationship. You might not want to get divorced and end your marriage because of religious, family or other reasons but you might require legal acknowledgement that you are separated and that you and your spouse are living separate and apart. You could petition for Legal Separation instead of Divorce. This is an option if you want to separate instead of divorcing but you need access to the Courts to resolve finances or make financial arrangements legally binding.

If you want to get divorced, there is no age limit on divorce but we recognise here at GLC that there are different considerations you will have at a later time in life. We are here to guide you through your options and discuss the implications of each option for you and your family.

We will advise you about all your options.

What are my options for separation and divorce?

You might want to separate but not get divorced. If you decide not to get divorced we will advise you about how best to agree financial and other practical arrangements with your spouse to ensure your needs are met in the future.

If you decide to get divorced you can issue a divorce petition on one of five reasons;

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • 2 years separation with consent
  • 5 years separation
  • Desertion

It’s our job to help you decide which reason you choose to rely on in your divorce and we will prepare the documents for you and guide you through the process.


We believe in making access to the right advice as simple as possible. Often, we can make a real difference in a single or planned series of phone advice sessions from as little as £75. Call today to speak to our enquiry team for a free initial consultation.

Emma Pearmaine

Emma Pearmaine

Managing Director
Emma Pearmaine is a family and matrimonial specialist. For almost 20 years, she has represented clients in divorce and children cases. She has particular niche expertise in matrimonial cases involving challenging business, pension, maintenance and other finance issues....
Vicky Meds

Vicky Medd

Vicky Medd is a family solicitor with over 20 years experience.  She is an accredited specialist with Resolution and has a lot of experience of financial relief, and child disputes.  Vicky was also recently involved in one of the first family arbitration cases in the country and has a lot of experience in dealing with cases as expeditiously as possible, whilst achieving the best outcomes for clients....

Emma Hopkins Jones

Emma joined Ridley & Hall as a Partner in September 2020. Emma is an experienced family law specialist, practising in all areas of private family law. Emma’s expertise in financial issues on separation, and in particular cases involving unmarried couples, was recognised in the Legal 500 2017....
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Kate Hames

Kate joined the Family and Matrimonial Department at Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2020. Having graduated with a degree in Law from Northumbria University, Kate spent over 12 years working for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service in Leeds, developing her legal knowledge and acumen within both their criminal and family law departments....
Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts has well over 20 years practice experience as a Family Solicitor and has a warm, and approachable style. She undertakes all areas of Family Law work, representing individuals facing difficult children’s issues, domestic abuse concerns and divorces/separations involving the resolution of financial issues. She represents parents and grandparents in care proceedings brought by the Local Authority and where family and children’s placements have broken down. ...
Shelley Harper

Shelley Harper

Shelley joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2020 and is a Solicitor in our family department having qualified in 2018. Shelley completed her Law Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and continued her studies at BPP University Law School in Leeds....

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