Divorce is the ending of a contract in law. To secure a divorce you must have been married for more than one year. It involves the completion of documents with the Court, if husband and wife are in agreement, a divorce can very often be completed amicably and quickly.
It is important to separate the process of divorce - dissolving your marriage - from the issues of children and finances, which will be dealt with separately by the court and this firm.
Is divorce the only way?
No. We can offer you information about local marriage guidance services who can help with reconciliation.
Do I need a new Will?
Yes. If you have no Will and die before the divorce is made final your estranged spouse will receive a substantial legacy. If you have a Will you should review it as it may no longer accurately reflect your wishes.
How much are the court fees?
The court fee for starting divorce proceedings is £300.00 and there is a further fee of £40.00 payable to obtain the final decree confirming that you are divorced.
When can I get a divorce?
Once you have been married for one year.
Must I explain why I want a divorce?
Yes. Although the ground for divorce is "irretrievable breakdown of marriage", you can only apply for a divorce if you can establish:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- Two Years Separation by Consent
- Five Years Separation without Consent
The solicitors here belong to the Resolution Service. What this means for you is that we will endeavour to conduct your divorce by encouraging and assisting you and your spouse to achieve as swift and painless a resolution of your differences as possible.