BHP Law's divorce solicitors understand that divorce can be a very difficult time for everyone concerned, often bringing with it many unwanted changes to your life.

Our divorce advice can help resolve the problems arising from your marriage and as a specialist team we focus entirely on family law and use all our experience in obtaining the best result for you. We attempt to make the divorce procedure as simple, swift and amicable as possible.

In order to obtain a divorce you must have been married for at least 12 months. The only ground for a divorce is on the basis of irretrievable breakdown of marriage. This can be based on either:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for more than two years
  • Two years separation with the other party's consent
  • Five years separation.

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How long will it take?

A divorce that has no other issues (including financial or children disputes) will usually take between six to nine months to be finalised. A divorce is obtained in two parts, Decree Nisi being the first part of your divorce and Decree Absolute brings your marriage to an end. In most cases there will be no need for you to go to court.

Mediation services

BHP Law supports family mediation and we work in partnership with Family Mediation North East. We offer a range of mediation services for more complicated divorces where there are children and finances that need to be discussed and agreed. Mediation allows both parties to sit down with their solicitors and draw up an agreement without the need for costly Court fees to settle financial disputes or child arrangement disputes. Mediation can help separated couples unravel and resolve disputes about issues such as contact with children and finance and property matters.
Mediation services are not always appropriate for all couples but mediation can help couples who wish to separate come to settlements in a more civil way.

If you would like to have a chat about your options or how we may be able to help you please contact a member of the team, complete our call back form or contact us directly at your local office.

Your Family Law Team

Oluwapelumi (Amanda) Adeola


Amanda has worked in the North Eastern Circuit since qualifying as a solicitor. She trained and worked with two law firms in Darlington before moving…

Andrea Hewitson


Andrea took her law degree at Northumbria University and went on to study for the solicitors exams at Chester Law School. Andrea joined Harvey &…

Leanne Walker

Trainee Legal Executive

Leanne made the change from the procurement sector to law, having completed her part-time Open University law degree with upper second class honours in…

Gillian Mitchell

Chartered Legal Executive

Gillian joined BHP Law's family team in October 2020 as a Chartered Legal Executive. In 2013, Gillian achieved accredited status with Resolution in complex…

Jack Collins

Apprentice Solicitor

Jack joined BHP in September 2020 as an apprentice solicitor in our family team, alongside studying at Northumbria University one day per week. …

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