Divorce & Separation

Helpful advice on separation and settlements

When you are facing an extremely difficult and challenging time in your life, Horsey Lightly will provide the clear, reassuring guidance you need. Our expert team of divorce solicitors advise on all matters of divorce and separation, including divorce settlements.

Sympathetic divorce solicitors

We understand that a relationship break up can be a highly charged, emotional and difficult time for everyone.  We try to make the process for you as easy,  pain free and cost effective as possible.

Who we are

We are a team of highly skilled, friendly family solicitors with expertise in divorce, separation and cohabitation matters.

How we can help you 

We help clients from all walks of life and at all stages.   You may be at the end of a relationship or marriage and negotiating a settlement or childcare arrangements. Or maybe you have yet to decide but want to know your legal position. Wherever you are in the process, we will be able to provide legal advice and support and, where necessary, fight your corner in court.  We will always put you and your family's interests first.

Find out where you stand

Before any discussions with your spouse or partner it is important that you get some legal advice.  Our first meeting will be to discuss your situation, and your wishes for the future including any arrangements for children.

How we move forward

Once we and you have a clear idea of the situation we will advise you on the next steps.  You may decide to proceed with a divorce or legal separation, or you may wish to take some more time to process your options.  These decisions can take time.  We will take things forward at your pace.

Your options

There are a number of ways that we can proceed with your case and this will depend on many things.  You will be able to find out all your options and ask us questions along the way. We will help you find the best way for you and your family.

Below are some questions that clients often ask us.

Will I have to go to court?

Not all divorce cases end up in court.  We know that the thought of going to court can be daunting. In many cases we will be able to help you reach an agreement with your spouse through mediation and open communication.  In other cases things will need to go to court for a judge to decide what is in the best interests of both parties.  If your case does need to go to court we will be there with you on the day and will represent you.  We will explain everything and make sure that you understand everything.  

What is mediation?

During mediation you and your spouse will be able to talk things through with the help of a Mediator.  He or she will be able to give you legal information but not legal advice.  Think of the mediator like a referee.  The mediator is not there to make a decision, but to help you both discuss things and try to find a way forward that suits you both.

What happens to inherited property or assets in a divorce?

Inheritance is not automatically included in a divorce settlement.  We will talk through the specifics with you and will be able to advise once we know the details.  It will also depend on whether there are children that need to be provided for.  

The Divorce & Separation Team

Jeremy Fitzgibbon
Jeremy Fitzgibbon

Managing Partner

Melanie Chaplin
Melanie Chaplin

Legal Assistant

Diana Roberts
Diana Roberts

Legal Assistant

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