The Divorce Surgery is unique. We help you to cut out the conflict.

Ending an unhealthy relationship is often the healthy choice. But when couples separate they face complicated decisions about splitting their finances and making arrangements for their children. Most couples will need expert legal advice to find tailored solutions which are fair to both of them. What they do not need is an adversarial process which raises tensions, unless completely unavoidable.

CEO and Co-founder Samantha Woodham giving an overview of The Divorce Surgery on the BBC

The traditional route is for couples each to appoint their own solicitors from day one, and thus begins an adversarial process. This often takes many months and can be very costly. The Government’s ‘no fault divorce’ proposals, whilst welcome, will not change this process.

The Divorce Surgery short circuits the traditional route. Instead of appointing your own lawyers, one impartial and experienced family law barrister advises you both as to the way a court would view your case. We aim to complete the process in 6-8 weeks and will advise you of the total fee up front before you commit.

You are then each empowered to come to an agreement which is fair. No lengthy litigation, no acrimony, no delay and no disproportionate legal fees.

Founded by two experienced and specialist family law barristers, The Divorce Surgery is authorised and regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

The Process


You each meet with us individually. We will ask you both to complete a client questionnaire before the meeting so the barrister advising you knows a brief outline of your circumstances. Your barrister will talk each of you through the process, so you can decide whether it is right for you. These sessions are free of charge.


After the Introductory Session, you will each be given forms to fill in setting out details of your finances, which you will need to agree and send in to us for your barrister to analyse. Your barrister will then be in a position, at the Advice Session, to give you detailed advice about what outcomes a court would consider fair given your particular circumstances. Following the session you will each receive a written summary of the advice, and in a financial case, an asset schedule.