Divorce Lawyers in Leeds, Sheffield & York.

The Divorce Solicitors at Lupton Fawcett will handle your divorce efficiently and sensitively.

From the initial consultation through to the conclusion, our expert Divorce Solicitors will be sympathetic towards your needs and provide guidance to resolve any challenges as swiftly and amicably as possible.

If you are looking to start divorce proceedings or are currently going through a divorce and need some legal advice, contact us today.

To get in touch with a Divorce Solicitor on our highly acclaimed family law team, you can either call us on 0333 323 5292, or fill in the enquiry form on this page and we will get back to you.

Our Divorce Law Services

We have handled many cases involving all aspects of divorce law and aim to make the process as stress free as possible while keeping your interests protected.

We will:

  • Explain each stage of proceedings clearly
  • Provide advice on suitable ways of resolving disputes
  • Help settle living arrangement disputes
  • Negotiate financial settlements
  • Provide guidance on arrangements for children
  • Advise on the implications of any pre nuptial agreements

Our aim will always be to settle out of court as this is the most stress-free and cost effective solution for both parties. However, if your partner wishes to contest, we can present your case in court.

Grounds for Divorce

You can get a divorce in England and Wales if your marriage has broken down irretrievably. This is usually pleaded on one of the following five grounds:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Separation for at least two years and both parties consent
  • Separation for at least five years and the consent of your spouse is not required

What is the Procedure for Divorce?

If you want to begin divorce proceedings, you must prepare a petition, which sets out the grounds for divorce and is filed with the court, along with the marriage certificate.

Divorce papers will then be served on your spouse, usually by the court and by post. They will then be required to send an acknowledgement of service form to the court, indicating whether or not they intend to defend the proceedings.  This will be given to you by your solicitor.

If your spouse wishes to defend the proceedings, which is not usually the case, matters can become complicated. However, if there is no intention of defending proceedings, you can sign a statement, confirming the details of the divorce petition. This statement is then sent to the court together with a request that the matter proceeds on paper and without the need for a hearing.

A district judge will then check the papers to ensure that everything is in order before the court makes a declaration. After this, you will be notified of a date for the decree nisi. The decree nisi is a document that states that the court sees no reason why you cannot divorce. The decree nisi is pronounced by the judge in open court on the given date – it is not necessary for either party to attend court unless they wish to object to a particular issue.

After six weeks and one day, you can apply for decree absolute, which is the order that officially ends a marriage. The application is dealt with immediately by a court clerk and it is at this moment that a divorce occurs and your marriage ends.

In the majority of cases, it is possible to carry out a divorce within a four – six-month period. However, in some cases, which usually involve the resolution of financial matters, it is not usually finalised until a financial settlement has been reached.

How Lupton Fawcett Can Help

Our team of Divorce Lawyers will help you to determine the best way to approach the situation, providing tailored guidance so you have the information to end your marriage simply and efficiently.  From straight-forward situations with few assets and both parties in agreement to more complicated scenarios for high net worth individuals with complex financial situations, or where there are considerable disputes, the highly regarded Divorce Solicitors at Lupton Fawcett have the knowledge and skills to find the optimal outcome.

Our highly regarded family law team has been awarded the Quality Mark for our ability to provide comprehensive legal advice and legal services that you can trust. We will also ensure you are kept up to date on all proceedings, so you are adequately prepared for all circumstances and unlikely to face any nasty surprises that will cause you stress.

We are a proud member of Resolution, which is an organisation of family solicitors committed to ensuring divorce and family disputes are resolved as amicably and as constructively as possible.

In addition to making sure the process runs as smoothly as possible, we can also provide you with access to a range of experts who will help you get back on your feet. This includes:

  • Banks and accountants
  • Independent financial advisers
  • Counsellors
  • Funding providers

We have provided advice to many individuals who have been unhappy in their marriage, so you can rest assured we will do our utmost to ensure your divorce is resolved in the right way.

How We Can Help With Costs

We offer a number of pricing options, including fixed fees and staged payments, to help you cover our fees and any additional court fees. Legal costs are naturally a common area of concern for clients involved in divorce proceedings. We will take the time to explain our fees to you, helping you to make a decision on the best payment option for your particular circumstances.

For more information on divorce costs, please get in touch with our family solicitors.

Contact Us

To speak to our Divorce Solicitors in York, Leeds or Sheffield about starting divorce proceedings, get in touch with us today by calling 0333 323 5292. Alternatively, you can let us know about your circumstances by filling in the enquiry form on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Lupton Fawcett are a leading family law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced Divorce Solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Our Family Law Solicitors act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham. We can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

For a no obligation initial consultation please either call the office or leave your details using the contact form at the top of this page. We’ll be happy to help.

Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.

Richard Buckley represented me in, what turned out to be, highly contested court proceedings . Richard was very professional, knowledgeable and meticulous in his approach and he fought my corner when necessary. My divorce was not an easy one; it was very stressful but Richard always listened, put me at ease and took time to explain everything to me, making sure I understood his advice. He is very good at listening and keeping me on track. Richard doesn’t make me feel like a number, but a valued client. If anyone is looking for a family solicitor, I would not hesitate in recommending Richard.

Mr D Pickles

I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to various financial issues which arose following the breakdown of my marriage. My case involved a dispute with my former husband over the ownership and occupation of a significant property with adjacent land. Chris steered me through the process of resolving this. Despite resistance from my former husband, Chris advised me with a determined focus and provided me with clear and pragmatic advice throughout the process and achieved my objective within the proceedings.


It’s rare to come across someone like Chris (Burns), absolutely clued up in his area, pragmatic and direct, yet supportive and respectful. As clients, he guided us through the process, quickly picking out what was important, remaining focused on the end game and delivering more than we could have expected. We would not hesitate to recommend Chris.


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