The procedure of gaining a divorce need not be a difficult or protracted one, and our team's expertise in this process enables us to make the proceedings as pain-free and smooth as possible. We understand that this will be a difficult time for you and so over the next few pages we aim to give you guidance and practical advice on what you need to know.
Who can start divorce proceedings?
If you have been married for more than a year and you currently live or have lived in England or Wales during the preceding year then you can start divorce proceedings. It does not matter where the marriage occurred.
How much does divorce cost?
The divorce will incur Court fees of £410 for the petition. After our initial meeting where we will have gained a good understanding of your personal circumstances we will give you an estimate of our fees.
Are the proceedings public?
You can rest assured that Court proceedings in family law are usually private. The public and press are only allowed in Court if the judge agrees. Courts are able to publish that a Decree Absolute has been pronounced but the information this discloses is very limited.
When are financial issues dealt with?
In order to ease the financial stress that a relationship breakdown can bring we will work with you to put in place temporary arrangements to resolve immediate concerns. It is not necessary for financial discussions to be completed by the time the Decree Absolute is final.
In some circumstances we might advise that you delay application for Decree Absolute until a financial settlement is ordered. This is only to protect your rights.
What about the children?
A form, known as a ‘Statement of Arrangements’, is sent to the Court with your divorce petition. This outlines the arrangements relating to your children. The law encourages parents to try and agree on these arrangements at the start, but if an agreement is not reached this does not prevent the divorce from proceeding.