The breakdown of a marriage can be a difficult and painful experience. It can be an emotionally complex time for the parties involved, with some difficult decisions to be made. If you have decided that your marriage has ended we can guide you through the process of obtaining a divorce, help you identify which Court has jurisdiction, what the likely timescales are and the process itself.
Whatever the reason for the separation, we are committed to adopting a conciliatory and constructive approach to divorce where possible. With our help, your divorce could be a reasonably straightforward procedure, as we always endeavour at making the divorce process as smooth as possible whilst also being able to fight your corner if the need arises.
We will advise you of the likely costs involved throughout. We support mediation and actively encourage a financial settlement without the need for lengthy and costly court proceedings.
In order to obtain a divorce, you need to show to the court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To do this you need to rely on one of the following facts:
- That your spouse has committed adultery
- That your spouse has acted in such a way that it is unreasonable for you to be expected to continue living with them.
- That your spouse has deserted you for two years
- That you and your spouse have been living apart for two years and your spouse consents to the divorce
- That you and your spouse have lived apart for five years, whether or not your spouse consents to the divorce.
If you are dissolving a civil partnership then the same facts apply except that you cannot rely on adultery.
Often both spouses can agree that the relationship is over. In this situation we can take care to draft the petition sensitively in order to avoid any unnecessary distress to your spouse.
It is also possible to apply for judicial separation as an alternative to divorce. Judicial Separation does not end the marriage but simply formalises the separation.
We can also advise you in relation to the issues surrounding all financial matters and children matters, which need to be resolved on a breakdown of the marriage.
Fixed Fee Divorce Costs
If the divorce is uncontested, does not involve international issues and your spouse is easily available to serve, we can offer a fixed fee of £1,200.00 plus VAT ( total £1,440.00) in respect of our work to obtain a divorce on your behalf. In addition to this fee you will be responsible for the Court fee which is currently £550.00. Any additional disbursements such as obtaining a translation of your marriage certificate are not included in the fixed fee. The fixed fee will not include advice regarding other matters such as children or financial issues.
If you would like to discuss any family law matter with us, we offer a one hour appointment for £250.00 plus VAT ( Total-£300.00) for an initial consultation.