Divorce Solicitors in London
Divorce - What You Need to Know
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. Contested Divorce: We have vast experience of representing clients in contested divorce proceedings. We can assist you in the event there are defended divorce proceedings or there is a cross petition.
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.
Divorce & Children
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.
We are happy to arrange a free initial consultation to take place either in the office, by telephone or by video (i.e. Skype, FaceTime or Whatsapp video). If your consultation is going to take place via telephone or video, we will ask you to send us your photo ID before the meeting.
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