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Divorce and Separation

Whether you are considering petitioning for divorce, or have received a petition for divorce, we are here to help.

Divorce can be extremely painful and leave people feeling frightened and confused about their future, their home and their finances, as well as what may happen to their children.

If you are faced with the prospect of divorce or separation, you may feel alone, but you do not need to be afraid to seek professional divorce advice. Head over to our divorce and separation advice page for more information on how the divorce process works.

Divorce law changed in April 2022, continue reading to learn more about no fault divorce.

K J Smith Solicitors are specialist family lawyers. We have a team of experienced and highly-skilled specialist divorce lawyers who can advise you on the most cost effective and efficient way to proceed with a divorce. We are members of Resolution, an organisation committed to best practice, and we aim to always work in a non-confrontational and cost-effective way.

I would just to thank you all for making this difficult situation easy for me! I wish you all the best in the future! And I hope I won’t need another divorce lawyer in the future but if I do it will be your firm!

Our friendly and discreet approach means that we get to know you, to fully understand your circumstances and the reasons for your relationship breakdown. We then work quickly to find a practical solution, in order to minimise the pain and stress throughout the ongoing divorce process.

Our aim is to be a friend on the other end of the phone who you can rely on, but also the expert to act on your behalf.

We pride ourselves on being accessible and available – meaning our divorce lawyers will be there for you and act quickly when you need advice, by giving you a direct telephone number, an email address and making our hours clear to you from the outset.

Electronic Filing

Before now, all divorce petitions in England and Wales had to be prepared, printed and posted to a local Family Court in order to start divorce proceedings. This method was time consuming and often resulted in frustrating delays.

We are able to file your divorce petition electronically with the Family Court. Why is this better for you? Electronic filing enables us to:

  • Instantly lodge your divorce petition, thereby avoiding delays
  • Actively track each stage of your divorce application and keep you updated with instantaneous Court progress summaries
  • Reduce time spent liaising with the Court, making our service as cost-efficient as possible for you

No two cases are the same

Whether you are part of a heterosexual marriage, same-sex marriage or civil partnership, we tailor our service to your individual needs and match you with the specialist who will be best suited to handle your case. Our divorce lawyers have a vast amount of experience, knowledge and expertise.

Video Conferencing - Meet Our Lawyers

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Finding the right lawyer can be a difficult job, therefore why not arrange a free 45-minute consultation at one of our offices or arrange a video consultation with us via Zoom, WhatsApp or Facetime.

Our flexible video conferencing service is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6pm, until 9pm on Thursdays and between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays.

Free, no obligation consultation

We offer a free initial 45 minute consultation to give you the opportunity to meet us and receive some initial divorce advice regarding your circumstances. During this appointment, we will seek to understand the reasons for the breakdown of the marriage and discuss the various options available to you.

If saving the marriage is unlikely, we will seek to understand more about you and your partner's income, savings, assets and pension arrangements, so that we can begin to think about finding a solution to your future financial needs. If you have children, we will also talk about options for their future arrangements.

Please contact our divorce lawyers today on 01491 630000 (Henley on Thames), 0118 418 1000 (Reading Head Office), 0118 418 1200 (Reading Central), 01256 584000 (Basingstoke), 01483 370100 (Guildford), 01494 629000 (Beaconsfield), 01344 513000 (Ascot), 01635 785 100 (Newbury), 01962 587900 (Winchester), 0204 599 7400 (Richmond) or email info@kjsmith.co.uk.

We also serve a wide range of other areas including Abingdon, Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, Wokingham, Pangbourne, and High Wycombe.

Our Office Locations

All our offices are easily accessible by road, rail or bus and we are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm. With today's busy schedules, we offer telephone appointments outside normal office hours until 9pm on Thursdays and between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays.

Not sure which office is closest to you? Try our Office Finder.

If you would like to visit our team of family solicitors, we have offices in Henley-on-Thames, Woodley, Reading (Head Office), Reading (Central), Basingstoke, Guildford, Beaconsfield, Ascot, Newbury & Winchester. We serve a wide range of other areas including Abingdon, Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, High Wycombe and Wokingham.

Why not contact our team of divorce solicitors for a free initial consultation today? We offer a free initial consultation that can take place in any one of our offices or over the telephone.

Client Testimonials

We are proud to have represented many excellent clients. Below are some comments our clients have made about us.

Join Our Team

We are always looking for exceptional people to join our team.

Whether you are considering a move now or at some point in the future, we would love to hear from you and learn more about your career goals and motivations.

At K J Smith we pride ourselves on our commitment to offering support, guidance and career development across all roles. You will receive a competitive salary along with a comprehensive range of benefits.

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Kulbir Rahi

Kulbir Rahi

Partner at our Ascot office

"I joined K J Smith with an open mind and with the expectation of developing and adding diversity and challenge to my career, having spent 23 years in a comfortable position with a traditional high street practice.

I can honestly say that K J Smith have exceeded my expectations. Since joining, I have felt supported and encouraged by the firm’s continued commitment to growth and improvement. The company allow staff at all levels to have a voice and recognise the importance of investment in their employees at every level."

Read other staff testimonials here.

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To find out how we can help you, please contact us for a free initial consultation. Call or email, we will be happy to speak to you about your options and how we can help.