At Hubbard Pegman & Whitney LLP, our team of specialist family solicitors have experience assisting clients with their divorces, finances and children’s proceedings.

Our divorce solicitor based in Hammersmith, Thanuja Oppilamany, has looked into options which are available when couples decide to separate.

Many married couples choose to divorce when the marriage has broken down. There is one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. In order to satisfy the court that this has occurred, one of five facts has to be established. There are:

  • Adultery.
  • Unreasonable behaviour.
  • 2 years separation with consent.
  • Desertion.
  • 5 years separation (no consent required)

This allows the couple to separate their assets, liabilities and move on with their life.

Judicial Separation

Judicial Separation is a formal separation sanctioned by the court and also enabling the court to make orders about the division on finance and property. However, the marriage is not considered terminated and therefore the couple are not free to remarry.

It is very similar to divorce and the procedures are quite similar but at the end of the process, the couple are still married to each other unless at a later stage they decide to divorce. . Under those circumstances the couple would need to start the divorce process from the beginning.


Separation Agreement

This is a written agreement that sets out your financial arrangements while you are separated. It is mostly used when parties are considering whether to divorce or not but are certain they want to live separately.

However you are still married and the separation agreement is not legally enforceable should your spouse not comply with the agreement.

At Hubbard Pegman & Whitney, our team of specialist solicitors based in Hammersmith, assist people across Hammersmith and West London in relation to their divorce or separation matters and are here to help you.

Amongst our highly skilled family team we have Primrose Hudson, a Family Consultant Solicitor with over 30 years in Family Law, including experience in divorce, child arrangements and finance. Primrose Hudson works closely with Thanuja Oppilamany.

For further advice and information, please get in contact with our divorce solicitors in Hammersmith, London on 02087359770 or fill in our simple contact form.


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