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RJM Solicitors offer expert legal advice and support for individuals going through a marriage breakdown or separation.


With a team of experienced matrimonial solicitors, we handle sensitive family matters with care and sensitivity. We protect your best interests during the divorce process, providing guidance on property and financial matters. We also assist with court proceedings, ensuring a smooth and efficient divorce experience.


Trust RJM Solicitors to navigate this challenging time successfully with professional and compassionate support.

Are Your Currently Experiencing A Marriage Breakdown Or Separation?

Professional Support for Marriage Breakdown or Separation


Going through a marriage breakdown or separation can be a highly emotional and challenging period. At our firm, we recognise the importance of seeking legal advice from experienced professionals to ensure the success of the separation or divorce process. 

Our team of matrimonial solicitors understands that family and matrimonial matters require more than just technical expertise and negotiating skills. We approach these sensitive issues with care, consideration, and sensitivity to ensure a smooth and efficient process. Our goal is to vigorously protect your best interests where necessary.

We provide professional and compassionate support throughout the process, advising on all aspects of divorce or partnership breakdown, including financial matters. When it's time to initiate divorce proceedings with the court, we're prepared to assist you with all necessary details and ensure that your divorce progresses as efficiently and quickly as possible. By working with RJM Solicitors, you can receive the guidance you need to navigate this difficult time successfully.

Call or email us today to book a consultation!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a No Fault Divorce?

The new divorce law simplifies the process of divorce and removes the option to contest the divorce. The main changes are detailed below:

  • The parties need only produce a statement of irretrievable breakdown – no blame will be apportioned

  • An application for divorce can be made jointly or by a sole applicant

  • The option of contesting the divorce has been removed

  • There is now a period of reflection – a minimum of 20 weeks – from when the application for divorce is made to when a Conditional Order can be made. This provides a period of reflection for the parties to consider their decision.


How Does a No Fault Divorce Work?

To apply for a divorce under the no fault divorce law, you simply need to make an application including a ‘statement of irretrievable breakdown’. This is essentially a statement saying that your relationship has broken down to the point that the marriage cannot continue. You can either apply by yourself (a sole application) or together with your spouse (a joint application).


How to get a no fault divorce in the UK


The basic process for securing a no fault divorce in England and Wales is:

  1. File an application (either by yourself or with your spouse)

  2. The court ‘issues’ the divorce (this is a formality that legally starts divorce proceedings)

  3. Service of the application (for sole applications only, the court will send a copy of the application to the other spouse, referred to as the ‘Respondent’)

  4. Acknowledgement of Service (for sole applications only, the Respondent will need to complete an Acknowledgement of Service form to confirm they have received a copy of the application within 14 days of receipt)

  5. Conditional Order (a minimum of 20 weeks after the divorce was issued by the court, you can apply for the Conditional Order which confirms that the court sees no reason the divorce cannot go ahead)

  6. Final Order (6 weeks after the Conditional Order is granted, you can apply for a Final Order, which legally ends your marriage)

RJM Solicitors will be happy to advise you on the no fault divorce process and the issues you need to consider when divorcing, particularly those around finances.



What Are The Legal Grounds For Divorce?

The legal grounds for divorce are as follows:

  • Adultery: Your spouse has committed adultery, and you find it intolerable to live with them.

  • Unreasonable behaviour: Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.

  • Desertion: Your spouse has deserted you for a continuous period of at least two years.

  • Two years' separation with consent: You and your spouse have lived separately for a continuous period of at least two years, and your spouse agrees to the divorce.

  • Five years' separation without consent: You and your spouse have lived separately for a continuous period of at least five years, and your spouse does not need to give consent for the divorce.



How Long Does It Take To Get a Divorce In The UK?

The time it takes to get a divorce in the UK can vary depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the case and the cooperation between the parties involved. On average, an uncontested divorce (where both parties agree to the divorce) typically takes around 4 to 6 months. However, if the divorce is contested and goes to court, it can take significantly longer, sometimes more than a year.


What Is The Process of Obtaining a Financial Settlement During a Divorce?


During a divorce, both parties are expected to disclose their financial information and assets. The court considers factors such as the length of the marriage, financial needs, earning capacity, and contributions made by each party. If an agreement cannot be reached, the court may make a financial order that outlines how assets, property, and debts should be divided.


How Does Divorce Affect My Pension Rights?

Divorce can have implications for pension rights. The court considers pensions as marital assets and may include them in the financial settlement. It is possible to split pension assets, either by sharing or offsetting their value against other assets.

Your Matrimonial Expert

Ryan Owen - Director

Ryan, a dedicated Solicitor deeply rooted in the local community, offers comprehensive legal services across all areas of law. With a rich background of collaborating with prestigious law firms, he delivers exceptional solutions and unwavering support to clients, ensuring their legal needs are met with utmost professionalism.

Ryan Owen, RJM Solicitors Merthyr Tydfil South Wales specialise in matrimonial, divorce, l
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Your Matrimonial Expert

Reynold Mahoney - Director

A seasoned legal professional with over 30 years experience and founder of RJM Solicitors. Dedicated to providing top-notch legal solutions and securing favourable outcomes for clients, he brings unrivalled expertise and a proven track record to every case.

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