A survival guide to Divorce or Dissolution
Ending a marriage or civil partnership
This guide is for people who are facing divorce or dissolution of their civil partnership. We know that this is one of the most stressful, confusing and painful times people go through. We want to help you find your way through the maze.
This guide will explain how divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships work, what you can expect, what you need to think about, what the law says, how to come to agreements, and what help is out there to help you plan for the future.
Download this guide as an easy-to-print leaflet - A survival guide to divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships (651 KB)
The word ‘ex-partner’ in this guide means your husband, wife or civil partner. Most of the law is the same whether you are ending a marriage or a civil partnership, but some of the legal terms are different. Where there is a difference, we'll make it clear.
“It was extremely stressful to start with. I wanted to get everything sorted straight away and couldn’t bear the uncertainty of where I would live or how things would work. It all got a bit easier when I accepted that it would take a few months before I would know what the future might look like”
Getting legal help
Changes to how legal advice is funded mean that now most people cannot get free or subsidised legal help unless there has been abuse within the relationship. We know that many people will not be able to afford to get a lot of help from solicitors. This guide will explain where you really do need to get advice and where you might be able to manage by yourself. We also explain what help is available and the things to think about.
Written by Mary Marvel
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