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If you are looking for help with divorce our specialist solicitors can help you. In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video if preferred. To discuss your options call us 24/7 on 0208 004 0065 or email us at [email protected] 


On 6 April 2022, the law changed which introduced the new ‘no-fault’ or ‘no-blame’ divorce. This change allows spouses to pursue a divorce without having to rely on any adultery, unreasonable behaviour, or length of separation as a ground for divorce. There is now only one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. 

The new law aims to reduce hostilities between divorcing couples and encourage them to reach an agreement as to finances and any child arrangements amicably and without the court’s intervention. There is also now an option for spouses to make a joint application for divorce.  With the introduction of the no-fault divorce, we have also seen a change in terminology including divorce petitions now being referred to as divorce applications, decree nisi as conditional order, and decree absolute as final order. 

Practically, obtaining a divorce is not difficult and they are rarely defended. So long as the divorce application is drafted correctly, the process is relatively straightforward.  However, despite this, divorce law can be complex. Recent statistics from divorce centers and courts found that 40% of divorce applications were refused due to errors. Rectifying incorrect applications causes unnecessary delays and additional costs. This can be avoided by instructing a qualified divorce solicitor to represent and advise you. 

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At southgate solicitors, we offer comprehensive assistance tailored to your needs throughout your divorce journey. Our team of experienced professionals understand the intricacies of family law and are dedicated to providing you with the expertise and support you need during what can be a daunting and highly emotional time.  We have Resolution members and also hold Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation which demonstrates our knowledge, skill and expertise in this area of law. 

If you wish to read more about this area of law we have some frequently asked questions at the end of this page – feel free to scroll down to read more.

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As long as you have been married for at least 12 months and your marriage has irretrievably broken down, you will likely be entitled to apply for a divorce. 

Our qualified divorce solicitors will always discuss with you reasons for the separation and the divorce process. 

If you do not meet the requirements to pursue a divorce, our expert solicitors will explore other options such as annulment or judicial separation. 

Yes, but they will only be successful in pursuing a defence if they can show to the court that the marriage has not irretrievably broken down. Statistics show that the vast majority of defended divorces are not successful, and a divorce is usually granted.

No, you do not need your spouse’s agreement to proceed with a divorce. 

The new law introduced on 6 April 2022 now also allows spouses to issue a joint application for divorce. 

We will always discuss the best options available to you to ensure your matter is dealt with swiftly and without delay.

An uncontested divorce usually takes between 6 – 9 months, minimum. However, it is always advisable to avoid obtaining the final order, which formally ends the marriage, until financial matters are agreed and approved by the court. This will likely lengthen the time to finalise the divorce. 

Divorce is dealt with by the courts either on paper or online. It is very rare that you will need to attend court. There are very few situations where you will need to attend court such as when there are issues with who pays the costs of divorce or if the divorce is defended by the respondent. 

The court will issue your spouse’s divorce application and send you a copy along with an Acknowledgment of Service form for you to complete and return to the court. 

The form is short and fairly straightforward. However, if you are unsure as to what you are signing or if you object to certain aspects of the application (e.g. a costs order), please do not hesitate to contact us to obtain advice from our expert divorce lawyers as to how best to complete the form. 

As long as the marriage ceremony followed the legal process in the country where you married and you meet the jurisdictional requirements, you will be entitled to pursue a divorce in England. 

Our experienced divorce solicitors can assess and advise on whether your marriage is considered a “legal” marriage and if you meet the requirements to pursue a divorce in England. 

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Hasan Hadi

Meet Hasan, a seasoned family law expert specializing in divorce for medium to high net worth individuals. With over a decade of experience and founding Southgate Solicitors in 2017, Hasan offers modern, streamlined legal services at competitive prices. As a Resolution member and Accredited Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel, his expertise ensures efficient and successful outcomes for clients. Beyond his legal prowess, Hasan prioritizes personalized attention and understands the complexities of family matters, providing empathetic support every step of the way.

Chloë Rodway

Meet Chloë, a diligent solicitor specializing in private family law matters such as divorce, financial disputes, and children matters. With meticulous attention to detail, Chloë provides tailored advice to each client, fostering strong relationships and offering reassurance throughout their journey. Clients appreciate her sensible guidance and commitment to achieving their goals efficiently. Outside of work, Chloë enjoys staying active at the gym and spending quality time with her beloved sausage dog. She also delights in exploring vegetarian cuisine and socializing with friends, embracing a balanced lifestyle.

Rajan Thandi

Meet Rajan, your trusted ally in navigating family legal matters involving children. With a track record of successful outcomes and a passion for literature, gaming, and family time, Rajan brings dedication and empathy to every case. He understands the importance of clear communication and is committed to keeping you informed and empowered throughout the process. Rest assured, Rajan is here to guide you with integrity and expertise, making your journey through the legal system as smooth as possible.

Ceylan Kahya

Meet Ceylan, an accomplished solicitor specializing in all facets of family law, particularly public and private children matters. With a law degree from the University of Kent and a distinction on the LPC from BPP Law School, Ceylan brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to her practice. Ceylan builds strong relationships with clients, offering sensitive and tailored advice to meet their needs. She is actively involved in supporting victims of domestic violence and is a member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers’ Association and YRes. Outside of work, Ceylan enjoys indulging in crime documentaries on Netflix & socializing with loved ones.

Lucy Cornish

Meet Lucy, a dedicated solicitor specializing in private law matters such as divorce, financial disputes, and children cases. With a Class I Honours degree in History and recent qualification as a solicitor, Lucy offers professional guidance and support during difficult times. Known for her commitment and professionalism, she makes a real difference in clients’ lives. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active at the gym, traveling, and trying new cuisines with friends, embodying a balanced lifestyle.

Rosie Sparkes

Star is a dapple dachshund who loves causing mischief. She goes by the name Star and Sausage. Star is just under a meter long and loves to show off all her different outfits. When Star isn’t chasing squirrels up trees, she is usually in a quiet place taking a nap or in the office finding ways to annoy our managing director Hasan. Her favourite foods include chicken, raw carrots and bananas.

Anjali Shah

Meet Anjali, a dedicated legal professional committed to exceptional client service. With a law degree in Human Rights and experience in various legal roles, she ensures every client receives personalized care and support. Anjali’s multitasking skills and attention to detail shine through her work, whether assisting solicitors or clerking at court. Outside of work, she enjoys quality time with loved ones, indulging in true crime videos, and staying active with her favorite sport, badminton.

Antony Wilkinson

Meet Antony, a dedicated family law specialist focusing on public law matters. With extensive experience in care proceedings, child protection, and more, Antony is highly skilled and recommended in the Legal 500. His passion for justice and accountability drives him to tackle challenging cases involving mental health, domestic abuse, and parental alienation. Recognized for his commitment to protecting women from “honour” based violence, Antony ensures his clients receive the support they need during emotionally difficult times. Beyond his legal work, Antony enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with friends, embodying a well-rounded approach to life.

Andriana Evagora

Meet Andriana, a diligent solicitor specializing in private family law matters such as divorce, financial disputes, and children matters. With a background in history and recent qualification as a solicitor, Andriana brings dedication and professionalism to her practice at Southgate Solicitors. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with loved ones.

Anjeli Myandee

Meet Anjeli, our compassionate legal professional, dedicated to providing exceptional service to clients and their families. With a degree in Law from the University of Derby, Anjeli’s passion for family law shines through her delicate and sensitive approach to each query. Drawing from retail experience, she ensures efficient, friendly, and empathetic service. In her spare time, Anjeli enjoys quality moments with her Cavapoo puppy and indulging in binge-watching sessions of TV favorites like Friends and Charmed with loved ones.

Anelia Gospodinova

Meet Anelia, a dedicated legal professional with a first-class degree in Law from the University of Westminster. Prior to joining our firm, she volunteered at her university’s Legal Advice Clinic, specializing in employment law matters. With extensive customer service experience, Anelia is committed to providing exceptional support to our clients with a warm smile, empathy, and professionalism. Beyond her legal work, she shares her passion for music and dance by teaching Zumba classes at local fitness centers.

Rosie Sparkes

Meet Rosie, our dedicated intern midway through her Law and Criminology degree at the University of Buckingham. With a background in volunteering with children and adults in care, Rosie brings empathy and attention to detail to her role in family law. Passionate about making a positive impact, she aims to transfer her skills into helping clients during her internship. Outside of work, Rosie enjoys delving into classic literature and tackling adventurous challenges, such as completing 3 half marathons and the 3 Peaks Challenge, all for charity.

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