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In the unfortunate event of your marriage coming to an end, you will still need to formalise that breakdown by applying for a divorce. Most people will find online tools and the court service of particular help as the procedure is not so complex. However, in a court system where there is inherent delay, incorrect or incomplete form filing can lead to unwanted delays resulting in increasing legal costs and more importantly, a lack of understanding of the complex law surrounding a divorce.
Our divorce solicitors can assist you to reduce delays, costs and the resultant stress levels by filing and completing your paperwork in the correct manner. Our divorce lawyers will advise you of the legal consequences and work with you to suit both your emotional and financial needs during this incredibly difficult time.
We offer a fixed cost fee service if you are petitioning for a divorce and it remains undefended and a fixed fee if your spouse is petitioning for a divorce against you. We also offer a discounted fixed fee for a consultation or simple advice on form filing and your rights, should you prefer this instead.
Getting legal advice on divorce can be very helpful in making you understand the process and challenges ahead
Our divorce lawyers
Sareyeh has been qualified as a Solicitor for over 10 years. She is the head of our Family Law department. With a good few years of experience in dealing with family law matters, Sareyeh can help you with all your needs.
Marjana is our Trainee Solicitor who deals with Family Law matters. She has a deep understanding of all legal aspects of relationships, children matters and financial disputes.
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Common Divorce Questions
Do I need to provide a reason for a divorce?
Yes, you need to prove that the marriage has broken down and it would be difficult to mend the relationship. Common reasons for a divorce include:
- unreasonable behaviour
- desertion (for at least 2 years)
- separation for 2 years and an agreement to the divorce from both spouses
- separation for 5 years
Incompatibility with your spouse or ‘irreconcilable differences’ are not accepted as grounds for a divorce. In such cases, it may be possible to establish unreasonable behaviour for example being emotionally distant or abusive.
What is included in unreasonable behaviour?
You can get a divorce if your spouse behaves in a manner that you cannot be expected to live with. This can include the following:
- violence and/or verbal abuse
- aggressive behaviour and threats
- abusing drugs or alcohol and displaying irrational behaviour as a result
- being financially irresponsible
It can also include less dramatic matters such as:
- lack of sex
- lack of emotional and financial support
- being disrespectful or unreasonable
It is common to list a combination of such matters in your divorce proceedings.
If you use such reasons in your divorce petition, you should expect your relationship to worsen as a result as your spouse will get offended and be upset with your allegations.
How long do I need to be in a marriage to seek a divorce?
You have to be married for at least 1 year before you can get a divorce.
If your marriage breaks down during the 1 year period, then you may want to separate in the meantime. This will give you time to agree to various issues such as financial arrangements, children and other matters.
Do we have to try mediation or counselling before applying for a divorce?
Divorcing couples are usually expected to consider mediation before starting the divorce process. This would help you resolve the emotional side of the break-up, which is helpful if only one person is looking to get a divorce.
Counselling helps you understand each other’s feelings and may take some hostility out of the break-up. This would make it easier to negotiate an agreement.
In some cases, counselling may encourage you both to give the marriage a second chance.
Do I have to use a solicitor to get divorced?
If you have children or a significant amount of money/assets, you are strongly advised to use a solicitor. A solicitor will:
- provide advice on what rights you have and what would be a reasonable financial settlement;
- help you negotiate an agreement on financial arrangements and how any children will be looked after;
- draft the court documents and file them on your behalf
You can decide on the level of engagement you would like from your solicitor. You can discuss the arrangements with your spouse before filing for divorce if things are amicable.
Please note that both you and your spouse cannot use the same solicitor.
What information will a solicitor need to start a divorce proceeding?
A solicitor would require as much information as possible to understand the background to the divorce. They would need information on financial assets, children and other relevant matters such as properties. The information you provide should include:
- The basis for your divorce for example adultery, unreasonable behaviour or separation
- Who is applying for the divorce and whether it has been agreed between you and your spouse
- The major assets that you and your spouse share are, such as savings, pensions, houses etc;
- You and your spouse’s income and outgoings are;
- details of any dependent children (under the age of 18, still in full time education, or having special needs)
The more information you have, the easier it is for your solicitor to understand the circumstances and to advise you. If your solicitor has to do a lot of work in terms of gathering information, contacting the spouse’s solicitor, it will only delay and make the process more expensive.
You should also let your solicitor know your major objectives out of the divorce for example, keeping the children, or having reasonable contact with them, keeping the family home etc.