Whether you are the applicant or the respondent within divorce or dissolution proceedings, our experienced divorce lawyers in Gosport can advise and support you through the process in a friendly and professional way.

Alternatives to court

You are unable to proceed with a divorce without trying to settle an agreement outside of court. There are a number of different routes that can help you reach an agreement. Donnelly & Elliott can help you decide which works for you, Mediation, Arbitration or the Collaborative Law process.

Separation Agreements

If you are not ready to divorce or have been married for less than one year, you can enter into a Separation Agreement in order to regulate your financial arrangements. A Separation Agreement is a contract and therefore it is important that both parties have obtained independent legal advice before entering into this type of agreement. 


Our specialist family department can help you draft or review a separation agreement to ensure that it is suitable for you. Once a Separation Agreement is agreed it is sent to the courts for approval, this then becomes a Consent Order, and is legally enforceable.

Consent Orders

If you have reached a separation agreement with your spouse about how your assets are going to be divided, our family lawyers can draft a Consent Order for you. A Consent Order needs to be approved by a court before it is legally binding. 

Consent Orders often include how you are going to divide assets such as: Money, Property, Savings and Investments. It can also include financial arrangements such as child maintenance payments.

Free initial meeting

We offer a free 20 minute family law consultation to discuss your situation. To speak to one of our family law experts or book an appointment at our Portsmouth or Waterlooville office, please call us on 023 9298 1000 or email

Free initial meeting