Judicial Separation

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What is a decree of judicial separation?

For some clients, there may be reasons why divorce is not an appropriate option for them. This may be for religious reasons, but can be for any variety of reasons. If this is the case, we can assist you in obtaining a decree of judicial separation as an alternative option.

Similar to a divorce, a decree of judicial separation is a court order, but legally separated couples will still be married. The order, however, allows the couple to live apart. The processes of dividing marital assets and arrangements regarding children remain similar to that of divorce. Equally, if you later decide to proceed with a divorce, being legally separated can make these proceedings much easier when you have to divide finances and property.

What are the benefits?

Being separated from your partner, but still legally married, can benefit you both in terms of financial advantages, such as pensions and insurance plans. It also allows you to create a structure for handling legal and financial issues without the pressure of co-habitation, and the time and space may allow proceedings to progress with less emotional distress.

We can help you obtain such a decree, and advise you on the implications so that you understand your rights and can obtain a fair settlement. Contact us for more information on how we can help you.

Client Testimonials

Thank you for all your help Sarah. I would not have got to this point on my own without your help. I appreciate everything you’ve done and the way you have always been so approachable and understanding of my situation. Without having you there this past year, I would be in a much more anxious and unhappy state of mind – and I would have felt helpless and unable to speak during the hearings.

Ms G

I had a protracted and complicated divorce and I could not have wished for a better solicitor. The divorce process and all the associated financial negotiations are complex and come at a time when you are emotionally fraught, stressed and at a low ebb. Having a solicitor who is fair, firm and practical and clearly explained the options at every stage makes such a huge difference.

Lucy enabled me to balance getting the fairest settlement with retaining a workable relationship with my ex. There were no surprise, superfluous bills or actions taken that I wasn’t 100% comfortable with, which is so important.

She was available to chat on the phone and I far preferred dealing with one solicitor, who personally knew my case, rather than going via a larger firm where you do not receive such a focused, expedited approach.

I would 100% recommend Lucy to my closest friends and family.

Ms S – Hove

Even though I am not your client, I would like to thank you for your prompt responses and the help you have provided.

I would certainly recommend you to anyone looking for a family lawyer.

Ms S – Brighton

Hello Lucy,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for all your brilliant advice. I don’t think I would have got through it all without your support. I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs an excellent solicitor.

Ms K – Brighton

Dear Michelle,

I just wanted to say a big thank you for your kindness, patience and strength you showed us. We got through this due to some very special people and you were one of them. We could not have achieved this resolution without your guidance and care.

Ms M

Many thanks for your advice and guidance throughout this very stressful process. Your careful and considered approach, good advice and empathetic professionalism have helped to reduce my anxiety levels immeasurably. I would wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend your services to anyone going through this horrible process.


Thank you very much, I know I keep saying this but you have been absolutely fantastic with all your help, advice, support and energy. Thank you very much Michelle.

Mr S

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your services, advice and much help you gave me this year. You were very kind and patient with me Lucy and I could not have got through it without you.

Ms C

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