We hope that you will find this guide helpful. It is designed to give you an insight into how the law in England and Wales applies to couples considering divorce or separation, and it deals with other family law issues as well.

The Index (down the left hand side) shows the issues we cover. For a complete list please select the Full Index.

There are separate sections dealing with married and with unmarried couples.

When a relationship or marriage gets into real difficulty, it is vitally important to have access to relevant information, including counselling – and to try where possible to avoid matters deteriorating to the point where communication breaks down altogether.

An association of specialist family lawyers, Resolution sets out a code of conduct for its members, designed to avoid creating unnecessary or additional conflict, encouraging the parties to seek a constructive solution and to put the interests of any children first. When seeking legal advice on family matters it is therefore sensible to check that your chosen lawyer is a member of Resolution. (That code is printed in this guide at Section 9).

Just click on the any of options in the Index to find out more.


Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this website, you should not place reliance on the contents without obtaining independent legal advice.