Machins Solicitors LLP
Leading Solicitors in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire
  • Luton: 01582 514000
  • Berkhamsted: 01442 872311
  • Hemel Hempstead: 01442 345047


The prospect of a divorce can be daunting and worrying even for the most resilient of people. It can involve the severance of both emotional and financial ties, which in many cases have been years in the making. Anyone using our family team to deal with their divorce can rest assured that it will be dealt with by an understanding and sympathetic lawyer.

We will advise you on the circumstances in which you are able to obtain a divorce if your marriage has broken down. These are:

• Adultery

• Unreasonable behaviour

• Two years’ desertion

• Two years’ separation with your spouse’s consent

• Five years’ separation without your spouse’s consent.

Our aim is to ensure that, wherever possible, your divorce is processed as quickly as possible so as to shorten this difficult period. In the majority of cases it is not necessary to attend any type of court hearing. However, in some cases it is necessary to defend divorce proceedings or deal with such issues as who should be responsible for the costs of the divorce. Our team can provide representation at any court hearings.

Whenever there are children involved in a marriage breakdown, their long term arrangements will be considered by the court dealing with the divorce. The welfare of any child will be of paramount importance to both parents and the court. We will ensure that you have expert advice regarding those arrangements.

Machins have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency. Legal Aid may be available under the Legal Help Scheme but only in very limited circumstances if you can show that there has been domestic violence in your relationship or there are issues arising in relation to the protection of your children. When you telephone, we will be able to advise you whether or not your situation will be one where Legal Aid might be available.