Divorce and Separation Solicitors

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What is the difference between divorce and separation?

Divorce and separation can be one of the most distressing experiences of someone’s life.

A divorce and separation can often be misinterpreted as meaning the same thing; however, they do differ.

So, the difference is, divorce ends a marriage however a separation does not. There are certain requirements that a person must meet to get a divorce whereas separation does not hold these precise requirements.

Our divorce and separation solicitors‘ main aim is to make the process run as smoothly as possible in order to protect your financial and personal interests and wellbeing.

How can I get a divorce?

So, what are the grounds for Divorce?

The Divorce Petition can be grounded on one of the reasons below:

  • Two years’ separation with the consent of the other spouse to divorce
  • Five years’ separation
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Adultery
  • Desertion


Based on the information that you provide we will seek the best way forward for you. Whether that is by way of Matrimonial Agreement in the first instance to protect your financial and potentially children’s needs or whether a divorce petition is required.

What to expect during the Divorce and Separation Process in Northern Ireland

During the initial consultation with one of our Specialist Divorce solicitors we would encourage our client’s to be as open and honest with us from the outset. With your co-operation, we will always be honest with you and guarantee to keep you in the know at all times.

Then we will gather as much information from you on our initial consultation. We will also:

  • 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, we will 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


The parties will need to discuss and determine who will have residence of any children of the marriage. Contact arrangements will need to be established for the non-resident parent so that the separation can have the wellbeing of the children at the heart of this process.

How our Divorce and Separation Solicitors Can Help

Finally, at P.A. Duffy and Co Solicitors we understand that separation and divorce can be difficult and matters regarding financial settlement can get complicated. Our experienced divorce solicitors will walk you through the process step by step and help to ensure that your interests are protected.

Additionally, our P.A. Duffy & Co legal team will listen to you and discuss your options with you. They will let you know where you stand, tell you what your rights are and help you to understand what your ex-partner’s rights are as well. Our legal team will try to make the divorce as simple and as stress-free as possible.

Using us will mean that the job is done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Getting the right divorce legal advice can help guide you through the divorce process and the difficulties of what can be an emotional rollercoaster.

Should you require any advice on any aspect of Family law, our experienced and knowledgeable family law solicitors are here to support you every step of the way. You can trust P.A. Duffy & Co. to handle your query with great sensitivity, expertise, and care.

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    Efficiency. We use our expertise to complete legal matters promptly for you, saving you time, money and stress.

    Divorce and Separation was last modified: July 14th, 2023 by Conal McGarrity