Divorce – whilst it is relatively easy to get a divorce, going through the process often ranks as one of the most stressful life events. Our experienced team of family lawyers understand this and will carefully guide you through the process.
Can I get divorced?
You can apply to the Family Court for a divorce if you have been married for a year or more and your marriage has broken down for one of the five reasons set out below
- The other person’s adultery
- The other person’s unreasonable behaviour;
- You were “deserted” by your husband or wife at least two years ago;
- You have both lived separately for at least two years and the other person agrees a divorce should take place;and
- You have been separated for at least five years (if the separation is more than five years it does not matter if the other person consents or not).
1, 2 and 5 are the most commonly used reasons for starting a divorce.
How long does it take?
The whole process usually takes 4-6 months. However, it is often sensible to hold off finalising the divorce until the finances have been dealt with. If the divorce is finalised too soon this could have serious consequences in relation to certain financial matters, in particular to pensions and spousal maintenance.
Do I have to go to Court?
Attendance at Court in relation to a divorce is rare. If the other person is defending the divorce it may be necessary to go to Court. Another reason may be in connection with the cost of the divorce.
How much does it cost?
If you are the one to start the divorce (the Petitioner) you will pay a Court fee of £550.00. The other person (the Respondent) may be ordered by the Court to pay all of this (or a proportion of it) back to you.
Our fees for dealing with the divorce are likely to be in the region of £500.00 to £600.00 + vat if you are the Petitioner or £300.00 to £350.00 + vat if you are the Respondent. The actual fees will depend upon how much time we need to spend dealing with your particular case.
We offer an initial fixed fee consultation at £100.00 plus VAT.
Please note that these costs only relate to the divorce process. Fees in relation to the financial issues arising and/or arrangements for the children or any other issues e.g. injunctions or interim Court applications, will be separate.
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