A judicial separation allows you to live apart, without divorcing or ending a civil partnership. You can apply for a judicial separation for the same reasons/grounds you could file for a divorce or end a civil partnership. However, you do not need to show that the marriage or civil partnership has broken down irretrievably.

Want to get judicial separation instead of divorce or dissolution? Contact our expert team of divorce and financial settlement solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham for fast, freindly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your judicial separation application. Ask a question to our expert divorce & family law solicitors for free advice online for judicial separation by completing our enquiry form and one of our legal experts will answer your question as soon as possible.

What Is The Difference Between Divorce And Judicial Separation?

The difference between divorce and judicial separation is that a divorce ends the marriage, whereas with a judicial separation does not.

It’s important to understand the differences between the two, as it can help you choose the right option for your individual circumstances. Although judicial separation is quite unusual, there are times when it will be preferable to divorce – for instance, if religious or cultural beliefs do not tally with divorce, or if one person has developed an illness such as dementia so that divorce seems like an excessive option.

What Are The Reasons For Seeking Judicial Separation?

You may want a legal separation if:

  • you have religious reasons against divorce
  • you’ve been married or in a civil partnership for less than a year
  • you want time and space to work out if you want to end the marriage or civil partnership

How To Apply For Judicial Separation?

An application for legal separation is made by filling in a judicial separation petition - Form D8. You need to send 3 copies of the petition to your nearest divorce centre, and keep your own copy. You need to include a certified copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate when you send the form.

How Can We Help With Judicial Separation?

Judicial separation is a very difficult decision to make and should never be taken lightly. Our team of family law solicitors is aware of the sensitivity in this matter and every individual is in a different situation. To make your life easier, you can seek expert legal help from the family law solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors. Our team of family law solicitors are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of judicial separation law and will guide and support you each step of the way. We will cut through the legal jargon and ensure you understand exactly what’s happening at all times. Our team of expert family law solicitors will provide the required legal help and guidance with step by step procedure for getting legal separation in the UK.

Our team of family law solicitors will advise and assist to cater for your individuals needs. We will discuss the possible grounds on which you can apply for judicial separation after gathering all the factual information from you. We will explain to you the court procedures in very simple and clear terms and fully guide you through the procedures and carry out all the follow up work until the judicial separation order is issued by the family court.

We can also act for the respondent to the application for legal separation.

How Much Sunrise Solicitors Charge For Judicial Separation?

  • Our team of family law solicitors will charge a fee from £700 + VAT to £1200 + VAT in relation to your legal separation where the application for legal separation is not contested by the Respondent (uncontested legal separation);
  • Our team of family law solicitors will charge on hourly rate basis with hourly rate starting from £150 + VAT per hour to £250 + VAT in relation to your legal separation where the legal separation matter is either complicated or is being contested by the respondent (contested legal separation).

How Much Is The Court Fee For Judicial Separation?

  • The court fee for filing legal separation petition in the family court is £365 which has to be paid at the time of filing for legal separation petition. Petitioners with very low income may qualify for court fee exemption. If legal separation matter gets complicated, there may be other additional court fees to comply with court procedures.

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