Legal separation

We can help you get a legal or judicial separation, to formally separate from your partner without getting divorced or ending your civil partnership.

Joshua Coombe, Chelmsford
Joshua Coombe, family law specialist in Chelmsford

Separation - family law legal advice

What does it mean to mean to be legally separated?

Legal separation is a legal process that allows married couples to live apart without getting divorced or ending your civil partnership. If you get legally separated, you need either a deed of separation or a judicial separation.

What is the benefit of legal separation?

Legal separation can be an alternative to the formal process of divorce or ending your civil partnership. You might choose separation if: 

  • You have religious views which mean you can’t get divorced
  • You have been married for less than a year (you need to be married for at least a year to get divorced)
  • You’re not sure if you want to get divorced yet.

How much does a legal separation cost? 

Court fees for a legal separation are £365. If you need legal advice, you will also need to pay legal fees.

We’re here to help

If you want a lawyer to take a closer look at your situation, for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT, we can talk with you for up to 90 minutes and set out some options.

Our family and divorce lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Call our Family and Divorce law solicitors on 0808 231 1320

Separation FAQs

What is a deed of separation?

A deed of separation is a legal agreement that formalises the terms of your separation. A solicitor can help you make a deed of separation that covers important issues, such as your finances, property and children.

What is a judicial separation?

A judicial separation is similar to a divorce but leaves you legally married. It is a formal separation which goes through the courts. A solicitor can help you apply for a judicial separation.

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