Divorce & Family Disputes

Getting divorced is an emotional, stressful and difficult time. You need someone on your side to guide you through the legal process.

At Bellavia & Associates, you will receive advice you can trust about what matters most to you – your children, your home and your financial security.

Our experienced team will take time to understand your situation and talk through your options. We’ll explain your rights and those of your estranged partner and we’ll do our best to make your divorce as stress-free as possible.


Our team will:

  • explain the divorce process and help you understand what you need to do at each stage

  • start the divorce action for you by filing the necessary forms

  • keep you updated and represent your best interests

  • help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner wherever practical, without having to go to court

  • if you do go to court, present your case

  • help you to understand what the judge can and cannot do, and explain what the judge's decision means for you

  • record agreements


Reasons for divorce

You will be granted a divorce only if you can show that your marriage has suffered an 'irretrievable breakdown' because:

  • your husband or wife has committed adultery

  • their behaviour is such that you cannot be expected to live with them

  • they left you at least two years ago

  • you have been separated for two years and they agree to the divorce

  • you have been separated for five years or more


You should seek legal advice as soon as you can if:

  • you are at risk of having nowhere to live

  • you are at risk of domestic violence or abuse

  • your ex-partner is not giving you enough contact with your children

  • you are in a vulnerable financial position compared with your ex-partner

  • you are unsure what a fair settlement between you would look like

  • you have a lot of assets

  • you got married abroad, or you, your ex-partner or your children have non-UK nationality




The welfare of any children involved in a divorce is placed before anything else by the law.

Our priority, if possible, will be to help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner for your children's sake. This might be about where the children live, how much contact they have with you both, how they will be provided for, and how decisions will be taken in future about things such as holidays and schools.

Whatever your circumstances, we have the knowledge and experience to make sure that the decisions you make are in the best interests of your children now and in the future.



Although you need a court order to get a divorce, you do not need to go to court to reach a divorce settlement with your ex-partner.

Mediation helps separating couples reach agreement even on the most difficult issues. Trained mediators do not take sides and will listen to you both.

Our team can help you to arrange a meeting with a mediator.

Cohabitee disputes

Although these are either settled or litigated upon using the Civil rather than the Family Courts and rules, our expertise is again second to none. 

Contact us even if you think you cannot afford our expertise, as we may be able to offer you one of our flexible funding solutions.


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