We are local divorce solicitors in Exeter. We have many years of experience in helping people as their marriage or civil partnership comes to an end, and we appreciate the long road that many have taken in reaching this point, or that you may still be in shock, and we will work with you to your timescales, offering step by step advice as you need it.

What is the difference between divorce and dissolution?

Divorce is the process for legally ending a marriage, and dissolution is the process for ending a civil partnership. The process for divorce and dissolution is very similar. You must have been married or in a civil partnership for at least a year to apply for divorce/dissolution.

Legal advice on divorce and dissolution

You can now apply for divorce or dissolution online, with or without instructing a solicitor, but speaking to a divorce lawyer will help you understand the legal processes you need to go through to end your marriage or civil partnership, and understand your rights and options on related issues such as the welfare of any children and the division of jointly-owned assets.

We can answer any questions that you might have as we go through each of the legal steps in turn, such as filing your divorce petition, handling your spouse’s response to the petition, applying for a Decree Nisi and obtaining your Decree Absolute, or applying for a Dissolution Order.

If appropriate, we will recommend undertaking mediation so that you and your ex-partner can work through all of the above in an impartial and fair way. We will communicate with your ex-partner’s solicitor or directly with them if they do not have a solicitor. We will work at your pace ensuring that you understand each element of the process and feel in control as much as possible.

We’re here to help

We recognise that the end of a marriage can be one of the most stressful and upsetting things that you’ll ever have to deal with. We know that the clients we see are often seeking our legal advice on divorce as a last resort. We will always deal with your case empathetically and without judgement. We can advise you regardless of which stage you are at in your separation. Whether you are just thinking about your options, have recently separated, or if you have been separated in practice for some time, we will be able to talk to you about your next steps.

We offer a free 30 minute consultation meeting to discuss your circumstances with a divorce lawyer, before you decide whether to appoint us. If you instruct us, a named lawyer will deal with your case from start to finish, and a member of the team will always be available to speak to on a day-to-day basis. You will be given clear and focused advice throughout your case including guidance about your position and how much the case will cost, where relevant. We will keep you fully informed about each stage and any outcomes.

Please contact Mark Fairchild, Family Team Administrator, for any initial enquiries or to book your consultation.

The Team
Anita Laws
Anita Laws

Chartered Legal Executive

Mark Fairchild
Mark Fairchild


Amy Jeffery
Amy Jeffery

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

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