Family Law


Our Family Law Legal Hour is hosted by Karen Pritchard, Senior Associate in our Family Department.

​If you require further help regarding family law, please phone us on 01279 755777 or contact Karen Pritchard Directly directly. 

Our Family Law Team will be hosting the Nockolds Legal Hour on the following dates:

Wednesday 17th January 2018 12pm - 1pm
Wednesday 28th February 2018 12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 11th April 2018 12pm - 1pm 
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 12pm - 1pm


Our Latest Legal Hour Questions (17.01.18)

Read all of the previously answered questions here
I have heard that I can have a “quickie divorce” – is that true?

No. The term “quickie divorce” has been inaccurately coined by the media, and just refers to the court’s pronouncement of Decree Nisi within the divorce proceedings, which is essentially a judge reading a list of Decree Nisis in a number of matters. Parties are still married when Decree Nisi is made. A divorce can be obtained in about 6 months, but it depends on how quickly the other spouse and the court process the paperwork. Divorces usually take a little longer than that, however, as most people wait to obtain Decree Absolute until a financial settlement has been approved by the court. 

I’ve seen in the news that the press managed to get a copy of the Redknapp’s divorce petition. I had assumed that my divorce would be private. Are the court documents public?
All of the court documentation within divorce proceedings is private, except for the Decree Absolute. The Decree Absolute does not give any details about the reasons for the divorce. It simply confirms the date that you were married, and the dates that Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute were made by the court. I suspect that the press did not manage to get hold of a copy of the Redknapp’s divorce petition, and simply speculated as to what it might contain!