Family Law – Divorce


England and Wales:

There are normally several choices available, and we can help you decide which is the best option to suit your needs and the needs of your family. It may be divorce, separation, dissolution of a civil partnership, an agreement reached by mediation or by using the collaborative law process.

The Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 came into force on 06 April 2022.  The new no fault divorce process and application now only needs to include an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage and no longer apportions blame.

A divorce can be applied for in England and Wales if you’ve been married for at least 12 months, your relationship has permanently broken down, and your marriage is legally recognised in the UK. 

The members of Forces Law, have extensive experience dealing with the various Armed Forces Pension Schemes and gratuities including the complex area of pension sharing and off setting, all of which can be an important asset in any divorce or separation for our Armed Forces Community. 


Service Family Accommodation

If you occupy SFA, the serving spouse or partner has the option to live is Single Living Accommodation where you cannot live under the same roof.  The serving spouse or partner will need to update their PStat Category with the JPAC. 

Other Family Law Services: Our Members can also advise on Civil Partnerships; Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements; Clean Break; Financial Settlements; Separation Agreements; Parental Responsibility; Change of Name Deeds; Adoption; and Child Matters.

Northern Ireland:

For Family Law information in Northern Ireland, contact our Forces Law Members at McCartan Turkington Breen

Scotland:For Family Law information in Scotland, please refer to Scottish Government Family Law


The most important point that we can make is to take advice from one of our specialist firms as soon as possible if you have any related query.

Our member law firms who provide this service

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We are able to offer legal advice on all matters, from civilian issues to courts martial, calling on our members wealth of experience, in every matter relating to forces life.