Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution

When you divorce or dissolve a civil partnership, there are usually a number of practical issues you will need to deal with before you can make a clean break and move on.

Sorting out these issues can often be very challenging, especially where emotions are running high or there are particularly complex finances or family situations to consider. Without the right advice and support, it can be easy to waste a lot of time, money and stress on your divorce or civil partnership dissolution, especially if you end up in court, so getting expert legal guidance from the outset is essential.

Our compassionate, expert solicitors take a pragmatic approach to help you navigate every aspect of separation. With decades of experience and exceptional training across our team, we can help your divorce or civil partnership dissolution to go ahead as quickly and easily as possible while making sure you get a settlement that works for you.

We regularly work with people from all backgrounds, including High Net Worth and high-profile individuals, as well as where there are international considerations that must be accounted for.

Our divorce lawyers have worked at some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the UK, meaning we can offer you the same legal expertise as any big City firm. However, as a boutique law firm specialising in family law, we avoid the overheads of those larger firms, so you get the best quality of service at an affordable rate.

Want to find a way through divorce or civil partnership that keeps conflict to a minimum while protecting your interests?

Please get in touch with our friendly, expert divorce solicitors in Clapham and Hammersmith today by calling 0203 824 9950 or emailing mail@burgessmee.com.

How we can help you with divorce & civil partnership dissolution

We can guide you through every aspect of divorce proceedings or the process of dissolving a civil partnership dissolution, including:

  • Filling out and submitting a divorce petition/applying for a dissolution order
  • Responding to a divorce petition/dissolution order
  • Resolving any disputes over the contents of a divorce petition/dissolution application
  • Applying for a decree absolute to finalise your divorce
  • Negotiating and implementing a financial settlement
  • Making arrangements for children
  • Dealing with any other practical concerns – such as transferring ownership of property or shares in a business

Non-confrontational divorce

We prefer to take a non-confrontational approach to divorce and separation wherever possible, believing that this is usually in everyone’s best interests.

This approach also allows you to keep control of the process, rather than putting key decisions into the hands of a court, as well as allowing you to keep conflict to a minimum and maintain a more positive relationship with your former partner. This can be particularly beneficial where you have children who you will need to continue parenting together.

We offer two main approaches to non-confrontational separation:


Our trained and accredited family mediators can work with you and your former partner to agree the practical details of your divorce in a non-confrontational way. This method can be used for both financial settlements and arrangements for children.

Mediation is often the fastest and most cost-effective way to handle a separation. However, it may not be appropriate where there are more complex financial issues or other practical concerns.

Collaborative law for divorce

This involves one or more four-way meetings between you, your former partner and your respective lawyers (who must have specialist training in collaborative law). The aim is to negotiate the details of your separation, allowing you to reach an amicable agreement with the support of your own independent legal advisors.

Collaborative law can be a good approach where there are more complex issues to resolve, so having your own lawyer on hand to guide you can be beneficial for reaching the right agreement for you.

While it can take longer and cost more than mediation, collaborative law is still usually considerably faster and less expensive than court proceedings.

Our expertise in non-confrontational divorce & civil partnership dissolution

Our lawyers include a number of trained mediators and collaborative lawyers with expertise in handling even the most complex and contentious divorces and civil partnership dissolutions.

We have particular experience with issues including:

  • High Net Worth divorces
  • Representing high profile figures, including entrepreneurs, sports people and international bankers
  • International divorces (including international relocation issues)
  • Scottish divorce law
  • Complex financial arrangements
  • Divorce involving complex issues involving children, including where there are allegations of abuse
  • The application of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

Our solicitors have been regularly commended in leading client guides The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Antonia Mee has been noted as a “hard-working, dedicated and experienced practitioner” with an “impressive intellectual prowess, matched with real humanity and compassion”, while Peter Burgess is recognised as “an extraordinarily sensitive, patient and accessible person” and "a very skilled negotiator".

Get in touch with our divorce lawyers and civil partnership dissolution solicitors in London

Looking for a non-confrontational way to get divorced or end your civil partnership without compromising your financial and personal interests?

Speak to our divorce and civil partnership dissolution lawyers in London today by calling 0203 824 9950 or emailing mail@burgessmee.com and we will be happy to discuss your options and our fees with you.