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

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 so much for all your help over the last 18 months. I couldn’t have done it without you! You truly are wonderful and amazing at what you do and have played a huge role in supporting my family. I will miss our phone calls – I’m not going to know what to do with myself now! The happiness of my children together really sums up what we’ve been fighting for the past year and a half! Again, thank you so much, from all of us.

Mrs A

I’d like to thank you for your assistance. Your friendly, professional manner has been greatly appreciated particularly with such a sensitive and stressful subject. I’m very pleased I chose your firm.

Ms K

Lucy is a robust, calm and thoughtful solicitor with an amazing eye for detail and sound judgement. She is a strategic thinker who is excellent with clients, approachable, empathetic and gives clear advice that is always focused on a pragmatic outcome. She goes above and beyond to assist clients and is top-tier.

Ben Earle, Barrister

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the team – not the nicest of circumstances – but it was a real pleasure working with you, which resulted in the right outcome. You certainly kept me sane and my feet on the ground throughout the process. Finally, thank you for keeping my costs down. I have already recommended you to several people should they need any legal advice.

Mr S – East Sussex

Lucy has the rare quality of combining compassion and understanding with excellent knowledge and professionalism. She always made sure I understood what were sometimes difficult legal processes and she was realistic about time-frames and risks. Lucy manages to calm difficult situations and we got the best result possible. I hope I won’t need her services again but have already recommended her to a colleague.

Ms C

Dear Jennifer, thank you for your hard work and support.

It was a great pleasure to work with you. I will advise a friend who is going through a similar situation to use you.

Ms J – Brighton

Jennifer Lynch is astute, efficient and very effective. She builds up a good rapport with her clients and can be relied on to deliver in every case.

Gerardine Buckley, Barrister

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