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Divorce Solicitors in Chichester

Divorce & separation – what are the options?

The court process

Unravelling a marriage of any length is often time-consuming and, whether or not you have children, dealing with the necessary paperwork can be a daunting task.

From issuing an initial petition citing grounds for your separation, through in-depth negotiations over the division of marital assets and the assignment of joint responsibilities, to formalising your settlement and finalising your divorce, the George Ide team will be with you every step of the way.

We’ll give you as much advice and support through the court process as you need, translating legalese into plain English where necessary and ensuring you understand fully all the implications of official court documents, costs orders and financial claims. And we’ll not only handle the paperwork on your behalf – we’ll be by your side in court, too.


With our team on your side, going to court is not your only option. We offer a wide range of non-court family law options and have excellent links with recognised family arbitrators and relationship counsellors.

Mediation is an increasingly popular and cost-effective alternative to the adversarial court process, helping you resolve family disputes outside the more traditional court system. During face-to-face meetings with your spouse, you will be supported by a trained and accredited mediator who, as an experienced family lawyer, also brings to the discussion the benefit of their legal knowledge and expertise.

We work closely with our mediation clients to help find out-of-court solutions that are tailor-made to work for you and your family. Our family department can also provide advice in support of the Family Law Arbitration Scheme.

Collaborative family law

If you are anxious about the prospect of facing your soon-to-be ex-partner in court but feel that mediation is not for you, collaborative law may be your best solution. Under this system, you and your lawyers meet face-to-face outside the court environment to negotiate and agree a legally-binding settlement.

We are experienced in the practice of no-court collaborative law and can offer clients expert legal advice throughout the process. We can also advise you whether collaborative law, which demands a firm commitment from all parties not to ask for court intervention, is suitable for your particular circumstances.


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Please get in touch confidentially below or email us at info@georgeide.co.uk

Whichever divorce option you choose, the George Ide family department team is on hand to advise and support you, from start to finish.

For more information and to help you decide which divorce process is right for you, call us on 01243 786668, email the family law team at info@georgeide.co.uk or contact the team directly using our details as shown on this page.


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