Relationship breakdown

Divorce

Our Bristol-based team offers expertise in divorce and separation issues when your marriage breaks down and can guide you through this difficult time, helping you find a specialist counsellor, as a couple or individually, if you feel you need one.

Divorce is a court process to formally end a marriage. We give comprehensive advice about this process, together with assistance about related issues, such as financial and children matters that arise from the divorce.

We offer fixed fee divorces. For more information, please contact us.

Domestic violence

Domestic abuse is the misuse of physical, emotional, sexual or financial control by one person over another who has a relationship with the person they are abusing, including family members. Domestic abuse:

  • Covers a wide range of behaviours that may have happened or be threatened
  • Is usually perpetrated by men against women, but not exclusively
  • Occurs in all groups and sections of society and may be experienced differently because of race, sexuality, disability, age, religion, culture, class or mental health.

We offer a 24-hour legal advice helpline on 0117 904 5999, as we understand the importance of accessing advice immediately. We can advise you about measures you can take to protect yourself, whether you are sharing a home with an abusive partner or living separately.

In order to prevent further violence or secure your property, an urgent Injunction Order may be needed. The two main types are:

  • Non-Molestation Order: this prohibits your abuser from using or threatening violence or from intimidating, harassing or pestering you or your children. A breach of a Non-Molestation Order is a criminal offence and carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment
  • Occupation Order: this excludes the abuser from your home or a specific area around it. A power of arrest may be attached to an occupation order, which means that your abuser can be arrested if the order is breached. Breach of an order can carry a prison sentence.

Both orders generally last for 12 months, although in some cases Non-Molestation Orders can be extended. For more information, please get in touch.

“I felt comfortable on every visit and everything was explained to me step-by-step.”

Our Experts

Philippa Morgan

Philippa Morgan

Head of Family Law

Email: pmorgan@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0117 904 5923


Iona Phillips

Partner/ Deputy Group Leader: Family Law

Email: iphillips@lyonsdavidson.co.uk

Direct Dial: 0117 904 5878


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