Family, Children & Divorce Solicitors in London
Divorce/Dissolution And Separation
The dissolution of a marriage involves a lot of emotions, and the outcome may impact your future. If you are considering divorce or need to respond to a divorce petition, it helps to have experienced divorce solicitors on your side. We offer divorce services to anyone who is dealing with the very difficult situation of ending their marriage.
Ending a relationship can be difficult, and handling the legal ramifications of it can often be highly stressful. From a family lawyer, you want someone with a high level of experience and knowledge as well as a compassionate touch, who understands what you are going through.
We can help you to follow the necessary steps to file for divorce.
There is only one ground for divorce which is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.
The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage has to be evidenced by one of five facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years separation with consent
- Five years separation without consent
At your first meeting with a solicitor, the reasons for the breakdown of the relationship will be discussed and you will also be asked to provide details of the date of your separation, your family situation and your finances. We will prepare your divorce petition to submit to court.
Once your spouse has received the petition, the next step will be for them to return their completed acknowledgement of service form to the court.
Then there are two further applications to make; one for the decree nisi and, six weeks and one day after the pronouncement of the nisi has taken place, an application for the decree absolute will be submitted to court.
The decree absolute brings your marriage to an end and this document will replace your marriage certificate.
There can be complications throughout the divorce process, for example your spouse not returning the acknowledgement of service but with our experience, we will guide you through the whole process.
We will need to have your original marriage certificate in order to issue your divorce petition.
The court charges a fee of £550 when the divorce petition is submitted. In some instances, you may be eligible for a reduction in the fee. If you think you might be eligible, please discuss this with us and we will advise you whether an application for a fee reduction should be submitted to court to be assessed.
During the appointment, we will also advice you about your rights if the children and finances are involved.
Divorcing Couple & Consent Order
Consent orders are legally ratified agreements made between a divorcing couple setting out how their money, property and other assets will be divided once their marriage officially ends. They commonly also include such important family financial matters as spousal maintenance and child support.
Divorce & Financial Settlement
When two parties cannot agree over money, possessions or property at the end of a marriage they may need to ask the courts to make these decisions for them. It can be a long process and having the right lawyer on hand for it can make it as painless as possible. We always aim to resolve the financial side of divorce through negotiation through correspondence and/or by referring you to a family mediator. If you are able to reach a settlement in this way, you will avoid the necessity of court proceedings which will save you money. We offer a number of services regarding divorce including assisting with the arrangements of financial matters in London.
Child Arrangement Order Solicitors
Many couples engage in a legal battle to gain the custody of their kids. Such legal battles and disagreements are vexing and stressful for all those involved. If both parents wish to keep the children with them separation, it becomes quite difficult for them to make a decision mutually. Many couples opt for litigation where a court decides who gets the custody of the children and defines the terms of custody. The court’s decision is influenced by nothing but the best interests of the children involved. With a professional and experienced lawyer representing you, you have a better chance of winning your cases as your lawyer builds a strong case for you.
Pre Nuptial Agreements in London
A prenuptial agreement is also called a prenup or a pre-marital agreement. Couples planning to enter into a marriage or civil partnership have the ability to decide to enter into a binding agreement that states what happens to their money and property if the marriage or civil partnership were to end. Prenups are not strictly binding in the UK, but it is likely that a pre-nup will be respected by the court unless the effect of the agreement would be unfair. It is not possible in this country to have a fully binding agreement before marriage or civil partnership about what will happen on divorce or dissolution. In other countries, pre-nups are often binding. It is possible that the court might uphold part of an agreement while considering a different part to have an unfair effect.
Post Nuptial Agreement
A post nuptial agreement (also called a postnup or a post-marital agreement) is designed to deal with the same situation as a pre-nup. In other words, deciding what should happen to each partner’s assets after divorce. However, unlike a pre-nuptial agreement, which is agreed before a couple is married, a post-nuptial agreement is entered into by the couple during their marriage. Post nuptial agreements are not strictly binding in the UK, but it is likely that a post-nuptial agreement will be respected by the court unless the effect of the agreement would be unfair.
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