Divorce can be one of the most trying times in an individual’s life. As well as dealing with the breakdown of a relationship, consideration must also be given to the children of the family and the division of any assets.
A divorce does not always have to be contested or stressful, particularly if early legal advice is sought. Timely expert advice is therefore highly recommended to help you deal with the breakdown of the marriage in a pragmatic and cost-efficient way.
Prior to commencing divorce proceedings, you must have been married for at least a year although there may, in certain circumstances, be a legitimate right to seek an annulment of the marriage before then.
In England and Wales there is only one ground for divorce, that being the “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. In order to prove this, a divorce petition is based on one of five facts:
- unreasonable behaviour;
- desertion (for a period of 2 years);
- 2 years' separation with consent; or
- 5 years' separation without consent.
Typically, an uncontested divorce will take between 4-6 months, however, this timeframe can vary depending on the circumstances of each individual case. For example, if your spouse contests the proceedings or simply fails to respond, the divorce process will inevitably take longer.
Fixed Fee First Meeting
We offer a fixed fee half an hour appointment for clients at our offices during the course of which we provide advice on merits, courses of action available, procedures, time frames and costs and will also endeavour to answer any specific queries you may have. We will follow up that initial meeting with a letter/email to you summarising the topics discussed and information on the most appropriate ways to take your matter(s) forward. The fixed fee cost for this service is £200.00 plus VAT.
If you would like to discuss any family law matter with one of our solicitors, please contact us so we may fully understand your requirements. Contact us by phone on 020 7723 3040 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.